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Film Independent Brings 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, Presented by the Los Angeles Times, to Downtown Los Angeles

L.A. LIVE to serve as primary hub


May 4, 2010

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival, and year-round artist development programs and exhibition events, announced today that the 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times is joining the vibrant, burgeoning independent arts community in downtown Los Angeles.  The Festival runs from June 17-27 and will encompass venues throughout the City of Los Angeles and be centered at L.A. LIVE.  The move is reflective of the Festival’s continued growth and its efforts to embrace the cultural diversity and energy of Los Angeles.  The Festival will present its screenings and events at the new Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, the REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), the Downtown Independent, the Soundstage Theatre at the GRAMMY Museum©, JW Marriot Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Los Angeles, Orpheum Theatre, and California Plaza.  The Festival will also continue its tradition of nighttime screenings at the outdoor John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood and The Times will again serve as presenting partner, as it has since 2006.

Over the past 16 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival has grown from being held in one theater with 5,700 attendees to include a sprawling list of event venues that attract more than 85,000 attendees.  The Festival moved to Westwood Village in 2006 to accommodate its growing audience, which doubled in the four years it was based there.  

“The Festival’s move to downtown Los Angeles allows us a unique opportunity to celebrate the history and future of our City,” said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham.  “Our new location will continue to pave the way for LAFF to realize its potential as an international destination event, and unites our filmmakers and audiences with the diverse arts community that exists downtown.”

“Downtown Los Angeles continues to attract more of the city’s best music, visual arts, and dance events.  Now, the programming universe is more complete with the arrival of the Los Angeles Film Festival to downtown venues from LA Live to REDCAT.  We are delighted to have such an important film festival celebrating L.A.’s unique diversity, creative culture, and artistic talent join this growing arts community," said Olga Garay, Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

“We welcome the Los Angeles Film Festival and its supporters to L.A. LIVE and downtown Los Angeles, an area that is already considered one of the great arts communities in our region,” said Tim Leiweke, president and CEO, AEG, developers of L.A. LIVE.  “With our array of restaurants and entertainment options for visitors, L.A. LIVE was truly built to be the home of prestigious internationally noted events like the Los Angeles Film Festival.”

The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival runs June 17 through June 27.  Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos from more than 30 countries make up the main body of the Festival.  The Festival’s official film selections will be announced in early May.  For more information on pass sale dates and tickets, register your e-mail address at LAFilmFest.com.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL

Now in its sixteenth year, the Los Angeles Film Festival is widely recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best of new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world.  

The Festival features unique signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, and more.  Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special section devoted to music videos.  

Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos from more than 30 countries make up the main body of the Festival.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented by the Los Angeles Times, and is supported by Premier Sponsors ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bars and L.A. Live and Principal Sponsor Kodak.  Special support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.  American Airlines is the Official Airline Partner, WireImage is the Official Photography Agency, and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.  

More information can be found at LAFilmFest.com

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT

Film Independent is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents are comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry leader, or film lover.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors, and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally diverse filmmakers with film industry professionals.

Film Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating the best of American and international cinema, and the Spirit Awards, a celebration honoring films and filmmakers that embody independence and dare to challenge the status quo.

For more information or to become a member, visit   FilmIndependent.org.



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