Comedy “TRIBES” Competes for Oscar® Qualification at the LA Shorts Fest.


(Los Angeles, CA) – September 29, 2020. After a successful festival tour debut, Nino Aldi’s role-reversal comedy Tribes, starring Internet celebrities Destorm Power (Punk’d), Adam Waheed (Pitch Please) and Daytime Emmy-winning producer/actor Jake Hunter (Class Act), from an award-winning screenplay by Andy Marlatt, is finally going to be presented online at the Oscar qualifying LA Shorts Fest. The competitive screening is scheduled on the following date:


LA Shorts International Film Festival

October 6th, 2020 (Los Angeles Premiere)

Comedy Program 3



Tribes has also been selected to screen in theses other prestigious programs:


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles

October 17th, powered by @Seed&Spark!

Program #3: Shorts Program – Dark Recesses

6:30 PM – 7:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A



Short Of The Week Selection

Online release the week of November 16th, 2020 on the highly curated short film platform


Cannes’ AmPav Emerging Filmmaker Showcase

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Finalist Films will be screened at the 74th Festival in Cannes in 2021. In the meantime, the AmPav will virtually showcase Tribes for a limited time. First, virtually on January 16th and 17th 2021, followed by a Q&A on Zoom on Sunday January 17 at 3pm PST. Then physically, as planned, in May 2021, in Cannes, France.



Tribes (clip):


Tribes depicts a timely story about three guys of different ethnicities: an African American, an Arab-American and a white man attempting to rob a subway train. A series of humorous situations are triggered when none of the three bandits want to rob the people of their own race. Self-identity is truly a bitch – a concealed premise perfectly fits under Nino Aldi’s camera, revealing our current social environment.


“I was drawn to Tribes because it deals with a pertinent issue in our society today about separatism and how different we all feel we are from one another,” said the director Nino Aldi.


Tribes aims to present the audience with people from various ethnic, cultural and economic subgroups in a humorous concept, explaining how subway passengers can represent diversities in our real world.


Film Threat’s reviewer Hunter Lanier said it best: “The short film is the only movie in recent memory to fully satirize the culture’s going vice: tribalism… The actors also sell the urgency with which they initiate each progressively dumber idea in a believable if ridiculous manner.”


While 2020 is a year that further addresses the hard notion of race and identity politics, like #BlackLivesMatter and LGBTQ+ rights, Nino Aldi aims at making the discussion even more accessible to everyone by using a satirical and lighthearted tone in his storytelling style.


The 11-min short film is produced by the three lead actors in collaboration with multidisciplinary filmmaker Jeion Green and award-winning Canadian producer Patricia Chica. The executive producers are Jordan Taylor Wright of Taylor Cut Films and Will Meldman of Double Down Pictures.


For more information about Tribes, please visit the following links:





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