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Los Angeles Film Festival

LA Film Fest offers unparalleled access to creative voices through energetic film programming, master classes, live performances and conversations with the most compelling artists working today. This year, the Festival returns to L.A. LIVE with an expanded mission and reach of storytelling to include television, web series, gaming videos and other alt digital content submissions alongside film. New competition showcases also include LA Muse, for films that capture the spirit of Los Angeles; BET Experience, a partnership that spotlights filmmakers of color; and Funny or Die Make ‘em LAFF; competition for diversity in the comedy world.

LA Film Fest alum have the potential to earn recognition from highly-esteemed organizations such as the Academy Awards (short films); Cinema Eye Honors (non-fiction features); Film Independent Spirit Awards (for feature films).

September 20, 2018 to September 28, 2018

Find us on Facebook at and Twitter @LAFilmFest. Official event hashtag: #LAFilmFest.

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Pocha winner of two prizes at LA Fest: audience award and jury prize

POCHA- MANIFEST DESTINY from Michael Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin was awarded with two (2) prizes at the LA Film Fest!  The coveted AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FICTION FILM and BEST DIRECTORS JURY PRIZE to Michael Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin! This modern day crime thriller features a breakout performance from a brand new actress - VERONICA SIXTOS - who will be this year's actress to watch.  This is Veronica's first feature role and she gives a great per...

OUT OF MY HAND LAFF Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Award

Written and directed by Takeshi Fukunaga Working as tree tapper on a rubber plantation in Liberia, West Africa, Cisco struggles to make a decent life for himself and his family. Despite his and his fellow workers’ attempt at unionizing, the rubber corporation maintains a stranglehold over their lives, keeping their dreams of a brighter future at bay. But when a well-timed visit from an American cousin opens Cisco’s eyes to a better future abroad, he seizes the one chance he has to...

LA Fest Day 8

    Awards Reception Audience Award winners for Best Documentary directors Lilibet Foster (Be Here Now) and Natalie Johns (I Am Thalente) with doc subject/skateboarder Thalente Biyela speak onstage at the Awards Cocktail Reception sponsored by LMU School of Film and Television   Seoul Searching Gala Dir...

Los Angeles Fest Day 7

      Guest Director Conversation Directors arrive for Two For One: An Evening with Guest Director Rodrigo García and Gina Prince-Bythewood   The Final Girls Gala Premiere Actors Nina Dobrev and Taissa Farm...

"Fun Brotherly Journey...affable hybrd"...Bastards y Diablos at LA fest

"An affable hybrid of fictional and real life components, 'Bastards y Diablos'...bears the ring of spontaneous, specific experience...The film does a nice job of showing Colombia’s abundant beauty, while recognizing a number of social uglies as well." Bob Strauss, LA Daily News   BASTARDS Y DIABLOS ...

Winners of the Los Angeles Film Festival

Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced the winners of the 2015 Festival at the Awards Cocktail Reception. Associate Director of Programming, Roya Rastegar, and Senior Programmer, Jennifer Cochis, hosted the awards ceremony. The Awards Cocktail was sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television.   “Our mission includes connecting filmmakers wi...

Film Independent announced the 10 projects selected for the 13th annual Fast Track film financing market.

Today Film Independent announced the 10 projects selected for the 13th annual Fast Track film financing market. Held during the Los Angeles Film Festival, Fast Track is designed to help producer-director teams “fast track” their projects forward through sixty meetings with top industry executives--financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations, and production companies. During three days of intensive meetings, participants gain valuable exposure and build vital re...

Los Angeles Film Festival Day 6 video ambiance

  Fan Girl: Members-only Screening Writer Gina O'Brien, actress Kiernan Shipka and director Paul Jarett attend a Film Independent Members-only screening of Fan Girl   I Am Thalente World Premiere The world premiere of I Am Thalente brings out professional skateboarders Kenny Anderson and Tony...

Los Angeles Film Festival Day 5

      Master Class in Editing Editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey give an inside look at their craft in a Master Class on Editing   ...

Van Jones, Debbie Dooley and more having fun at the CATCHING THE SUN World premiere in LA

  (L-R) SHFT Executive Producer Peter Glatzer, DIrector Shalini, Producer Aarti Tandon at the world premiere of CATCHING THE SUN. Photo credit CATCHING THE SUN MOVIE.   "I am thrilled to be part of Catching the Sun and the conversation it will undoubtedly cultivate.  Adrian [Grenier] and I founded SHFT to bring the intersections of culture and sustainability to a wide audience, and work with other writers and directors to fold the conscious consumer marketplace into the ...



Trailer for The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Documentary Competition Ukrainian, English (2015 , 72 min.) Directed by: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart Screenwriter:  Producers: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart Cinematographer: Japhet Weeks Editor: Richard Howard, Mary Manhardt, Michael Taylor Music: Rob Teehan Cast: Valentyna Sochenok, Hanna Zavorotnya, Maria Shovkuta For nearly 30 years a community of unlikely heroines have lived in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “dead zone.&rdq...

FRANK AND CINDY, an LA Film Festival premiere starring Rene Russo and Oliver Platt

FRANK AND CINDY, an LA Film Festival premiere starring Rene Russo and Oliver Platt. Directed by G.J. Echternkamp, the film costars Jane Levy, Jonny Simmons and Marc Maron.  See the link for clip below:    Frank and Cindy Dropbox Link    In the film, Russo and Platt star in a fictionalized account of the life of 80’s one-hit wonder Frank Garcia and his eccentric wife Cindy Brown. Their real-life story was also documented by their son G.J. Echterncamp, who dire...

World Premiere of A GIRL LIKE GRACE at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival in the Zeitgeist Section

A GIRL LIKE GRACE is a story of a 17-year-old female growing up in a small, Southern community where notions of femininity, sexual identity and survival are starkly at odds. Grace (Ryan Destiny), high school senior, is mourning the suicide of her best friend, Andrea (Paige Hurd). Grace’s single mom, Lisa (Garcelle Beauvais), is too preoccupied with her own troubles to be the support her daughter needs. So when the bullies (led by Raven-Symone') make Grace the focus of their attacks, ...

World Premiere of WEEPAH WAY FOR NOW at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival in the L.A. Muse Section

LA Muse /  English (2014 , 90 min.) Directed by: Stephen Pierce Ringer Screenwriter: Stephen Pierce Ringer Producers: Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Stephen Pierce Ringer, Kerry Barden Cinematographer: Stephen Pierce Ringer Editor: Stephen Pierce Ringer Music: Michael Einziger Cast:  Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Mimi Rogers, Dan Byrd, Amanda Crew, Madeline Zima, Liam Aiken, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gil Bellows, Ryan Donowho, Gale Harold,...

A Beautiful Now screens at LA Fest

  (WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Daniela Amavia PRODUCERS Keith Kjarval, Lynn Kressel) – A group of five friends reunite for one night to save the woman, Romy (Abigail Spencer), at the center of their former circle. As the night progresses they struggle with their past relationships and finally truths are revealed as Romy, who has barricaded herself in the bathroom, tries to put the pieces of her life back together. This thrilling journey into the mind of a woman teetering on the edge of ...

Short Film CRAFTED will have a World Premiere at LA Fest

CRAFTED is a new documentary short film directed and produced by Academy Award®-nominated Morgan Spurlock. CRAFTED travels the world and explores the lives of three modern artisans: the Chefs behind Bar Tartine (San Francisco, Calif.), Bloodroot Blades (Georgia), and Nagatani-en (Iga, Japan). CRAFTED captures remarkable artisans who have mastered their trades. Through these documentary subjects, Spurlock explores how modern cultural influences and technology have allow...

LA Fest has OUT OF MY HAND as North American Premiere US Fiction Competition

Directed by: Takeshi Fukunaga Screenwriter: Takeshi Fukunaga, Donari Braxton Cinematographer: Ryo Murakami, Owen Donovan Editor: Eugene Yi, Takeshi Fukunaga Music: Tyondai Braxton Cast: Bishop Blay, Zenobia Taylor, Duke Murphy Dennis, David Roberts, Shelley Molad Working as tree tapper on a rubber plantation in Liberia, West Africa, Cisco struggles to make a decent life for himself and his family. D...

Eli Roth will direct a Live Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High to close LA Fest

Today the Los Angeles Film Festival announced a very special Closing Night. For the first time, the Festival will include a Live Read, a regular feature of Film Independent’s programming over the last four years.  For Closing Night, writer/director/producer/actor Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Grindhouse, Hostel, Inglorious Basterds) will direct a Live Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Follow @LAFilmFest on twitter for cast announcements. The film, which came out in 1982, was directed b...

The Overnight A film by Patrick Brice premieres at LA Fest

  Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, have recently moved to Los Angeles’ Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at the home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family “playdate” becomes increasingly more revealing and bizarre as the couples begin to open up.  Writer/director Patrick Bri...

Los Angeles Film Festival announces sponsors

Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced its sponsors for the 2015 Festival. The Los Angeles Film Festival will run from Wednesday, June 10 to Thursday, June 18 in downtown Los Angeles. Joining the Festival as Premier Sponsor is Southern California BMW Centers and Jaeger-LeCoultre has returned to the Festival as the Principal Sponsor. American Airlines and Peroni Nas...

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