Los Angeles Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Los Angeles Film Festival

SINCE: 1995

WHERE: Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The LA Film Festival was a premier platform for new works from emerging and established independent storytellers with unique voices and innovative visions. For nearly two decades, the LA Film Festival showcased compelling independent films, series and episodic work from emerging storytellers, alongside filmmaker-driven studio titles, fostering valuable alliances and working relationships between independent artists and the film industry.

As of October 2018, the LA Film Festival has been discontinued

Watch Official TRAILER for Documentary The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Watch Official TRAILER for Documentary The Babushkas of Chernobyl

The official trailer was released today for the documentary The Babushkas of Chernobyl, directed by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart, and World Premiering at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. For nearly 30 years a community of unlikely heroines have lived in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “dead zone.”  Stylish and stubborn, these fascinating women have survived, and even thrived, on some of the most toxic land on Earth.  They arethe last survivors of a community who refused to leave their ancestral homes after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.  But the babushkas aren’t the  only […]

LA Premiere of DOPE at 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

LA Premiere of DOPE at 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

The official Los Angeles premiere of the film DOPE took place on Monday night at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live as a pre-festival screening at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. EXCLUSIVE – Co-Executive Producer Sean Combs and Executive Producer Pharrell Williams seen at Open Road Films Los Angeles Premiere of “Dope” in partnership with the LA Film Fest on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Open Road Films/AP Images) Cast members in […]

2015 Los Angeles Film Festival to Close with Live Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High

2015 Los Angeles Film Festival to Close with Live Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High

For Closing Night of the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, writer/director/producer/actor Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Grindhouse, Hostel, Inglorious Basterds) will direct a Live Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  The film, which came out in 1982, was directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe. Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival had this to say about the historic event, “I can’t think of a better way to close this year’s […]

Clean Energy Documentary CATCHING THE SUN to World Premiere at LA Film Festival | TRAILER

Clean Energy Documentary CATCHING THE SUN to World Premiere at LA Film Festival | TRAILER

The documentary CATCHING THE SUN, directed by Shalini Kantayya, which explores the global economic race to lead the the clean energy future, will World Premiere in Documentary Competition at the 2015 LA Film Festival. Director Kantayya uses interwoven character dramas spanning the US and China to tell the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Catching the Sun […]

FREE Screenings, Coffee Talks Panels Lineup for 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

FREE Screenings, Coffee Talks Panels Lineup for 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

The 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival revealed the lineup of Free Community Screenings to take place during the 21st edition of the Festival including the 15th anniversary screening of Love & Basketball (pictured above), The LXD: The Uprising Begins and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The Festival’s Social Impact Free Screenings include American DREAMers, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and The Politics of Race and HBO’s Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014. The Festival also announced the […]

3 Film Premieres, Music in Film Nights Featuring Pras Michel and More Added to 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

3 Film Premieres, Music in Film Nights Featuring Pras Michel and More Added to 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

The 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival announced several additions to the 2015 Festival program, including Premiere section titles, Pras Michel and BT as part of the Music in Film Nights at the GRAMMY Museum, Tributes to Jonathan Demme and Rodrigo García, a Master Class with music video director Mathew Cullen, Diversity Speaks panels, the Los Angeles Times Young Hollywood Roundtable, and the Steed Symposium on cyber security. Three more titles were added to the Premieres section which […]

2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils Complete Film Lineup

2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils Complete Film Lineup

The 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, which returns to downtown Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE for a sixth year unveiled a diverse slate of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and over 50 new media works representing 35 countries. The Opening Night Film is Grandma (pictured above) and there will be Gala Screenings of the first episode of the TV series Scream as well as the feature films Seoul Searching and The Final Girls. Two Pre-Festival […]

SNOWPIERCER Starring Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer to Open 20th Anniversary, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

SNOWPIERCER Starring Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer to Open 20th Anniversary, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

snowpiercer directed by bong joon ho

 The Los Angeles Film Festival announced the North American Premiere of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer as the opening night film of the 2014 festival, which runs June 11 to June 19, 2014. The film’s release is set for June 27th from RADiUS-TWC.

“Snowpiercer is a wild ride and a spectacular way to open the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Film Festival which is dedicated to the visionary spirit of L.A. that inspires artists around the world,” said Stephanie Allain, Festival Director.

Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils 20th Anniversary Commemorative Poster

Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils 20th Anniversary Commemorative Poster

The Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled the Festival's 20th Anniversary commemorative poster

The Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled the Festival’s 20th Anniversary commemorative poster, designed by iconic American artist Ed Ruscha, based on his 1962 painting “Large Trademark With Eight Spotlights.”  The Festival opens Wednesday, June 11, and runs through Thursday, June 19 2014. It will include world premieres of American and international features, documentaries and short subject films as well as conversations, master classes, Music in Film Nights at the GRAMMY Museum, Hollywood studio premieres, and other signature events.

2013 LA Film Festival Winners; MOTHER, I LOVE YOU and CODE BLACK Win Top Awards

2013 LA Film Festival Winners; MOTHER, I LOVE YOU and CODE BLACK Win Top Awards

MOTHER, I LOVE YOUMOTHER, I LOVE YOU

The Los Angeles Film Festival announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2013 Festival;  the top awards –  the DIRECTV Narrative Award went to Janis Nords for MOTHER, I LOVE YOU, which made its United States premiere at the Festival; and the DIRECTV Documentary Award went to Ryan McGarry for CODE BLACK, which made its world premiere at the Festival.

The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to SHORT TERM 12 directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, directed by Grace Lee. Wadjda, a Sony Pictures Classics release directed by Haifaa Al Mansour won the Audience Award for Best International Feature.

Top 10 Film Picks of 2013 LA Film Festival

Top 10 Film Picks of 2013 LA Film Festival

Los Angeles Film Festival opened on Thursday night, June 13, 2013, with Pedro Almodóvar’s I’M SO EXCITED! and runs through Sunday June 23, 2013. The festival will screen nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, and we selected 10 independent narrative films and documentary films from very talented directors, some who might otherwise be overlooked. So here we go 10 films at the 2013 LA Film Festival that definitely deserve a look.