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2009 LA Film Festival


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2009 Los Angeles Film Festival

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2009 LA Film Festival

  1. 1. June 18-28 2009 Westwood Village
  2. 2. 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 Jennifer Lawrence.
  3. 3. FILMS 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 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, Curtis Hanson The RZA 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 Med Hondo Charlize Theron 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.
  4. 4. “...a festival passionately dedicated to great awards independent world cinema in the heart of the Jury AwArds Audience AwArds Hollywood machine.” 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)* suBMissiOn deAdLines 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 FasT TraCk 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 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 “…our most intelligent and ambitiously programmed—indeed, our most essential—annual film event.” Scott Foundas, LA Weekly CONTaCT INFOrMaTION Los Angeles Film Festival Film independent “The Los Angeles Film Festival is an 9911 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90035 amazingly supportive experience. Not 310.432.1208 only do they provide a great platform 310.432.1203 fax 2008 filmmaker Courtney Hunt for your film, but they also create a and actress Melissa Leo. special environment in which you 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 westwood Village 2005 filmmaker Jacques Audiard. 2008 filmmaker Serge Bozon.