THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
The Los Angeles Film Festival showcases the best of
American and international cinema. Drawing an
enthusiastic audience of over 85,000, the Festival provides
films with the opportunity to be embraced by the public
and discovered by the industry. More than 100 feature
films—narrative and documentary—are featured in the
Festival, alongside gala premieres, panels and seminars,
short film programs, music video showcases, free outdoor
family screenings, live musical performances, and unique
signature events such as the Filmmakers Retreat and the
Spirit of Independence Award ceremony.
Photos Left to Right:
Steven “Lips” Kudlow performs after a
“From the generous hospitality to the outstanding programming to the communal energy, the memory
screening of Anvil! The Story of Anvil.
2008 filmmaker Pang Ho-Cheung.
of the Los Angeles Film Festival will resonate with us for a very, very long time. I never imagined that the
Actor James McAvoy meets his fans
Prince of Broadway premiere would be as successful as it was. I have the Festival to thank for that.”
before the 2008 Opening Night Gala
screening of Wanted.
Sean Baker, director, Prince of Broadway, Take Out
2008 filmmaker Lori Petty with
actresses Selma Blair and
As an intimate, yet high-profile event, the Los Angeles Film Festival is an excellent platform
for launching a film. World premieres have included The Cool School, Deliver Us from Evil,
Ira & Abby, Rock School, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, and I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.
Acquisitions from the Festival have included Young @ Heart, August Evening,
The Cool School, Deliver Us from Evil, Rock School, Mayor of the Sunset Strip,
and Kissing Jessica Stein.
Gregg Araki, Parker Posey, and 2006 filmmaker Francois Ozon.
Recent Festival Guests include: FilM indePendent
Hany Abu-Assad David Lynch Film Independent, presenter of the Los Angeles
Jacques Audiard Michael Mann Film Festival, is a non-profit organization
Timur Bekmambetov James McAvoy dedicated to independent film and independent
Tony Bennett Salvatore Mereu filmmakers. In addition to helping filmmakers
Danny Boyle Michael Moore get movies made and seen by audiences, Film
Charles Burnett Morrissey Independent works to increase diversity in the
Steve Carell Mickey Mouse industry by helping filmmakers from
Don Cheadle Mira Nair underrepresented communities tell their stories.
George Clooney Stanley Nelson Film Independent also produces the Spirit Awards,
Ethan and Joel Coen Clive Owen the premier awards event of the independent
Leonard Cohen François Ozon film community.
Common Chuck Palahniuk
To learn more visit www.FilmIndependent.org
Tom Cruise Alexander Payne
2005 Target Award winners Beth Bird and Alfonso Cuarón Rafi Pitts
Mark Banning with Spirit of Independence Award Danger Mouse Sidney Poitier
recipient George Clooney (center).
Benicio Del Toro Sydney Pollack
Guillermo del Toro Sam Raimi
Clint Eastwood Ivan Reitman
David Fincher Jason Reitman
“I cannot imagine that a festival
Harrison Ford Martín Rejtman
could get any better than this. Guillermo del Toro congratulates 2008
Jodie Foster Sam Rockwell
Target Award winner Darius Marder.
The lengths that the organizers Morgan Freeman Mickey Rooney
Al Gore David O. Russell
went to to bring filmmakers “…the best theatres, great films,
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together to share in one access to every facet of the
Ethan Hawke Sai Yoichi
another’s accomplishments was Dustin Hoffman Floria Sigismondi
industry. . .and the support of a
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not only impressive, but really a staff that treats each filmmaker
Samuel L. Jackson Melvin Van Peebles
true gift.” Tunde Kelani Gus Van Sant like family.”
George and Mike Kuchar Marion Vernoux
Amy Berg, director,
Darius Marder, director, Loot Neil LaBute Wim Wenders
Deliver Us from Evil
Richard Linklater Pharrell Williams
George Lucas Neil Young
2008 filmmaker Barry Jenkins.
“...a festival passionately dedicated to great
independent world cinema in the heart of the
Jury AwArds Audience AwArds
Best Animated or Experimental Short Best Short
Best Documentary Short Best Music Video
Bobby Allen, Celluloid Dreams
Best Narrative Short Best Narrative Feature
Best Performance in the Best Documentary Feature
Narrative Competition Best International Feature “…an essential stop on the North American circuit.”
Target Documentary Award
Matthew Ross, Variety
(for Best Documentary Feature)*
Target Filmmaker Award
2004 Guest Director Mira Nair.
Early Deadline: December 5, 2008
(for Best Narrative Feature)*
Regular Deadline: January 16, 2009
*currently carries a $50,000 unrestricted
Final Deadlines: Short films and
cash prize from Target
music videos — February 6, 2009
Feature-length narrative and
The Los Angeles Film Festival is a qualifying Designed to help filmmakers move their current projects,
documentary films — March 2, 2009
festival in all categories for Film Independent’s narrative as well as documentary, forward, Fast Track is a
Spirit Awards and is also a qualifying festival for film financing market that connects them with financiers,
For entry forms and rules,
the Narrative and Animated Short Film categories production companies, and other industry professionals.
go to www.LAFilmFest.com
of the Academy Awards. This highly selective program is open to established as well
as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still
seeking funding. For more details and deadlines,
2007 filmmaker Danny Boyle. please visit www.FilmIndependent.org.
“…our most intelligent and ambitiously programmed—indeed,
our most essential—annual film event.”
Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
Los Angeles Film Festival
“The Los Angeles Film Festival is an 9911 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
amazingly supportive experience. Not
only do they provide a great platform
2008 filmmaker Courtney Hunt
for your film, but they also create a and actress Melissa Leo. LAFilmFest@Filmindependent.org
special environment in which you www.LAFilmFest.com
connect with, learn from, and are
embraced by the film community.” Information on Festival
awards, entry deadlines
Jennifer Venditti, director, and forms, and past
Festivals is at
Billy the Kid
June 18 - June 28, 2009
2005 filmmaker Jacques Audiard.
2008 filmmaker Serge Bozon.