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Winners Announced For 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival

June 23, 2013

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Janis Nords' Mother, I Love You and Ryan McGarry's Code Black Win Jury Awards Destin Daniel Cretton's Short Term 12, Grace Lee's American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs and Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda Win Audience Awards Best Performance, Short Film and Music Video Award Winners Also Revealed Sloan Fast Track Grant and Millennium Entertainment Fellowship Given out in Part of Film Independent's Fast Track Program LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2013 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the fourth year. Actor Mary Elizabeth Winstead was on hand to present the awards. The LA Film Fest, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor Los Angeles Times, Host Partner L.A. LIVE and Premier Sponsors DIRECTV and American Airlines, ran from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 23 in downtown Los Angeles.

"Every single film in the Festival rocks and I love that an international film and a local film received kudos today. They represent the breadth of our programming and our commitment to supporting unique voices around the world," said Festival Director Stephanie Allain.

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the DIRECTV Narrative Award and DIRECTV Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted $10,000 cash prize, funded by DIRECTV, for the winning film's director. The awards were established by the Festival to encourage independent filmmakers to pursue their artistic ambitions.

"Our jurors had hard choices to make this year and their discussions were at an incredibly high level. I thank them for their thoughtful work and salute the winners. I think we had a banner crop of competition films at the festival. All our filmmakers are winners in my book," said Artistic Director David Ansen.

The DIRECTV Narrative Award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival and went to Janis Nords for Mother, I Love You, which made its United States premiere at the Festival. The DIRECTV Documentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival and went to Ryan McGarry for Code Black, which made its world premiere at the Festival.

The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Geetanjali Thapa for her performance in Kamal K.M's I.D, which made its North American premiere at the Festival. Given to an actor or actors from an official selection in the Narrative Competition, this is the tenth year the award has been given at the Festival.

The LA Film Fest also awarded an unrestricted $1,500 cash prize to each short film category. The recipient for the Honolulu Film Office Award for Best Narrative Short Film went to Walker, directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. The recipient for the Honolulu Film Office Award for Best Documentary Short Film went to Kevin Jerome Everson for Stone. Emma De Sweaf and Marc James Roels' Oh Willy... won the Honolulu Film Office Award for Best Animated or Experimental Short Film.

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. Sony Pictures Classics' Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al Mansour won the Audience Award for Best International Feature.

The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven, directed by Asa Blanck and Johan Palmgren. Katachi, directed by Kijek/Adamski with music by Shugo Tokumaru won the Audience Award for Best Music Video.

The DIRECTV Narrative Feature Competition jury was comprised of Film Independent Spirit Award-winning producer Gina Kwon (Me and You and Everyone We Know, Chuck & Buck), Spirit Award-nominated director Sean Baker (Starlet, Take Out, Prince of Broadway) and actor-producer Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, Titus, the upcoming NBC series The Blacklist.). The DIRECTV Documentary Feature Competition jury was comprised of the 2010 LA Film Fest Grand Jury award-winning director Clay Tweel (Make Believe), award-winning producer Lesley Chilcott (Waiting For Superman, An Inconvenient Truth), and New York Times contributing culture writer and former film and television critic Carina Chocano. The Honolulu Film Office Award Shorts Competition Jury was comprised of Los Angeles Film Critics Association Vice President Tim Grierson, author Sandi Tan (The Black Isle) and Independent Spirit-nominated writer and director David Fenster (Trona, Pincus).

Also announced at the festival were the Fast Track grants winners which Film Independent selects and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Millennium Entertainment sponsor. The Fast Track program is an intensive, three-day film-financing market that connects participants with established financiers, production companies, agents, managers and other film industry professionals who can move their current projects forward. Writer/director/producer Christopher Munch's film Frank's World: And Tales of the Fearless Brothers O won the Sloan Fast Track Grant, a $15,000 production grant. The $10,000 Millennium Entertainment Fellowship grant was awarded to Vincent Harris and Amy Hobby for their film Third Girl from the Left.

Now in its nineteenth year, the Los Angeles Film Festival, supported by L.A. LIVE and the Los Angeles Times, showcases the best in new American and international cinema and provides 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 2013 Festival screened nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, representing more than 30 countries.

The LA Film Fest kicked off on Thursday, June 13 with the North American premiere of Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited, sponsored by American Airlines, and will close tonight with the world premiere of Oscar(R) winners Nat Faxon and Jim Faxon's The Way, Way Back, sponsored by DIRECTV. Gala Screenings included the world premiere of Doug Pray's Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture, the North American premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives and the Los Angeles premiere of Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station. 2013 Guest Director and recipient of this year's Spirit of Independence Award was David O. Russell and Artists in Residences were actress Maya Rudolph and composer Gustavo Santaolalla.

DIRECTV is proud to be a first-year partner with the LA Film Festival as sponsor of the Festival's Closing Night, Narrative and Documentary Competitions and Jury Prizes, reflecting its commitment to supporting established and emerging filmmakers. DIRECTV Cinema's premium pay-per-view movie service for DIRECTV customers offers access to exclusive new releases before they premiere in theaters, a library with thousands of movies to watch instantly with DIRECTV On Demand, and the most movies available in 1080p HD. DIRECTV the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering an unparalleled video experience through state-of-the-art technology and unmatched programming to more than 35 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America.

Stunning locations, great crews and generous tax credits are why Honolulu and Oahu are known as 'Production Center of the Tropics.' Host to countless feature films, television series and new media projects including Jurassic Park, The Descendants, LOST and Hawaii Five-0, 2013 marks 100 years of film production in Hawaii. To celebrate, the Honolulu Film Office has enhanced their tax credits. (www.filmhonolulu.com/)

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______________________________________________________________________________ |Awards were given out in the following categories: | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |DIRECTV Narrative Award (for Best Narrative Feature) | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Mother, I Love You directed by Janis Nords | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producer: |Alise Gelze | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Cast: |Kristofers Konovalovs, Matiss Livcans, Vita Varpina, Indra | | |Brike, Haralds Barzdins | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |Like a lot of children, 12-year-old Raimonds has his quiet | | |side, his talented side (he plays saxophone at a music | | |school), a mischievous streak and a resourcefulness born of | | |desperation. Often on his own while his single mom works, | |Film Description:|and routinely at odds with her when they do spend time | | |together, Raimonds finds thrilling companionship in Peteris,| | |a boy who steals money from one of the apartments his mother| | |cleans. Raimonds' increasingly dangerous decisions will have| | |thorny repercussions for him and those close to him. Latvia | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |The Narrative Award carries an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000 funded by | |DIRECTV, offering the financial means to help filmmakers transfer their vision| |to the screen. The award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition | |and is given to the director. A special jury selects the winner, and all | |narrative feature-length films screening in the Narrative Competition section | |were eligible. | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |In bestowing Janis Nords with the DIRECTV Narrative Award, the Jury stated: | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |"As filmmakers ourselves we are finely attuned to the processes of making a | |film and sometimes find it difficult not to analyze a film on a purely | |technical or esoteric level. In the case of our selected film, we found | |ourselves absorbed so completely in its world that we removed our critical | |eye. Its story is simple, deftly executed, and features a prodigious central | |performance. The careful escalation of dramatic tension, the truthful | |portrayal of a strained mother-son relationship, the stunning night time | |photography of an urban landscape and the confidant direction - never | |sacrificing substance for style - thoroughly won us over. It is with a deep | |appreciation for its delicacy, emotional resonance and assured control of | |craft that we award the Grand Prize to Mother, I Love You." | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |DIRECTV Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature) | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Code Black directed by Ryan McGarry | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producer: |Linda Goldstein Knowlton | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |Continually understaffed, under-budgeted and overrun with | | |patients, public hospital ER waiting rooms are by definition| |Film Description:|seas of misery. The ER of the old L.A. County Hospital+USC | | |Medical Center, which was the first academic Department of | | |Emergency Medicine in the US was, by all accounts, a war | | |zone. | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |Code Black follows a team of young, idealistic and energetic| | |ER doctors during the transition from the old to the new | | |L.A. County as they try to avoid burnout and improve patient| | |care. Why do they persist, despite being under siege by | | |rules, regulations and paperwork? As one doctor simply | | |states, "More people have died on that square footage than | | |any other location in the United States. On a brighter note,| | |more people have been saved than in any other square footage| | |in the United States." | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |The Documentary Award carries an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000 funded by | |DIRECTV, offering the financial means to help filmmakers transfer their vision| |to the screen. The award recognizes the finest documentary film in | |competition, and is given to the director. A special jury selects the winner, | |and all documentary feature-length films screening in the Documentary | |Competition section were eligible. | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |In bestowing Ryan McGarry with the DIRECTV Documentary Award, the Jury stated:| |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |"It's unusual for a first-time filmmaker to integrate complex, multifaceted | |ideas so seamlessly into a visceral, action-packed and character-driven story | |that they end up creeping up on you, as if you'd thought of them all by | |yourself. With a strong point-of-view rooted in personal experience, and | |without judgment, this year's winning film deftly disarms a hot-button | |political issue by reframing it as a human issue and shows us, instead of | |telling us, why we should care. Instead of rehashing familiar arguments, it | |drills down to find the universal in the specific. It's heart warming, and | |also heart stopping. The winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival | |Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize is Code Black directed by Ryan | |McGarry." | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Best Performance in the Narrative Competition | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Geetanjali Thapa in Kamar K.M's I.D. | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |The feature directorial debut from Indian filmmaker Kamal | | |K.M. may be called I.D., but this drama has less to do with | | |individual identity than it does our shared personal | | |connection. A carefree young woman living in Mumbai named | |Film Description:|Charu is visited by a painter who's been hired to do a | | |touch-up to one of her apartment walls. But when the man | | |falls unconscious, Charu discovers that she alone must | | |attend to this stranger, first getting him to the hospital | | |and then trying to discover who he is. India | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |In bestowing Geetanjali Thapa with the Best Performance Award, the Jury | |stated: | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |"The Narrative Competition Jury gives an award for Best Actor to the very | |talented Geetanjali Thapa for her portrayal of Chara in Kamal K.M.'s I.D. | |Thapa's performance is recognized in part for her ability to win over the | |audience's empathy for a character that initially lacks, indeed even resists, | |empathy. Rarely conversational, her ability to speak volumes with gesture and | |silence is a revelation to the audience. With an onscreen presence that | |commands attention, we see her rising star as something that excites us as | |filmmakers, and we are privileged to bear witness to the start of Thapa's very| |promising career." | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producers: |Maren Olson, Asher Goldstein, Joshua Astrachan, Ron Najor | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Cast: |Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Keith | | |Stanfield, | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |Rami Malek | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |Working with at-risk youth in a foster care facility, Grace | | |never knows when things might suddenly go sideways. | | |Likewise, Destin Daniel Cretton's film keeps viewers | | |off-balance starting with its brilliantly staged opening | |Film Description:|scene, rarely allowing a moment's peace before another | | |crisis erupts. Having reached a critical juncture in her | | |relationship with her boyfriend Grace is pushed to her | | |breaking point by the arrival of Jayden, a girl whose | | |troubled home life parallels the one she endured. | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |This award is given to the narrative feature audiences liked most as voted by | |a tabulated rating system. Select narrative feature-length films screening in | |the following sections were eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative| |Feature: Narrative Competition, International Showcase, Summer Showcase, | |Community Screenings and The Beyond. | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, | | |directed by Grace Lee | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producers: |Grace Lee, Caroline Libresco, Austin Wilkin | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Featuring: |Grace Lee Boggs | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |Intimate and inspiring, Grace Lee Boggs' story is one of a | | |lifelong work for social justice and equality. Born into a | | |middle class Chinese immigrant family and educated at | | |Barnard in the 1930s, the young Grace soon noticed the | |Film Description:|inequities in American society and spent the next eight | | |decades working to change the status quo, becoming an icon | | |of the African American movement. Using her advanced | | |education and intelligence not to accrue vast wealth but to | | |work towards the betterment of all people, Boggs became a | | |true American hero. | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |At 97 she continues to work tirelessly to educate and | | |activate Americans, young and old, to work for the changes | | |in which they believe. Director Lee (no relation) gives us a| | |writer, activist and philosopher as she works her way | | |through decades of social and political upheaval, inspiring | | |all the way. | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |This award is given to the documentary feature audiences liked most as voted | |by a tabulated rating system. Select documentary feature-length films | |screening in the following sections were eligible for the Audience Award for | |Best Documentary Feature: Documentary Competition, International Showcase, | |Summer Showcase and Community Screenings. | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Audience Award for Best International Feature | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Sony Pictures Classics' Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al | | |Mansour | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producers: |Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Featuring: |Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |This rousing, pioneering gem--not only the first Saudi | | |Arabian feature shot within the Kingdom, but the first ever | | |directed by a woman--focuses on a remarkable 10-year-old | | |girl named Wadjda, who sets her sights on buying a beautiful| | |green bicycle so she can race her friend Abdullah through | |Film Description:|the suburban streets of Riyadh. But in this conservative | | |society, virtuous girls don't ride bikes, and her mother | | |forbids it. The rebellious Wadjda decides to raise the money| | |herself - by entering a Koran recitation competition at her | | |school. The troublemaker must pose as a pious, model student| | |to achieve her goal. Germany/Saudi Arabia/United Arab | | |Emirates | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |This award is given to the international feature audiences liked most as voted| |by a tabulated rating system. Select international feature-length films, both | |narrative and documentary, screening in the following sections were eligible | |for the Audience Award for Best International Feature: Narrative Competition, | |Documentary Competition, International Showcase, Summer Showcase and The | |Beyond. | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Narrative Short Film | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Walker directed by Tsai Ming-Liang | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producer: |Chen Kuan-Ying | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Cast: |Lee Kang-Sheng | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |In this stunning meditative piece, the walking pace of a | |Description: |monk measures up against the bustling streets of Hong Kong. | | |China | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |In bestowing Tsai Ming-Liang with the Honolulu Film Office Award for Best | |Narrative Short Film Award, the Jury stated: | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |"Great storytelling comes in many different forms, and like an ancient koan, | |our winner is deceptively simple and surprisingly playful. It features the | |epic odyssey of one man, seemingly poised against the forces of modernity as | |he advances - silently, deliberately -from day to night, from tiny alleys to | |towering skyscraper avenues, across the frenetic city of Hong Kong. At | |journey's end, we, too, are transformed by the sweet moment when denial morphs| |into glee: Walker from Tsai Ming-Liang." | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Documentary Short Film | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Stone directed by Kevin Jerome Everson | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producers: |Madeleine Molyneaux, Kevin Jerome Everson | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |A real-time documentary of a street hustler running a | |Description: |betting game of finding the ball under one of the three | | |caps. | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |In bestowing Kevin Jerome Everson with the Honolulu Film Office Award for Best| |Documentary Short Film Award, the Jury stated: | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |"Documentaries can expose us to the world's harsh realities, but they can also| |reveal the beauty and mystery of the everyday. The latter is very true in the | |case of our winner for Best Documentary Short, which is only seven minutes | |long but is filled with character detail and suspense. Consisting of only one | |shot, this short introduces us to an unnamed street hustler as he bets | |onlookers that they can't find the ball hidden underneath one of three caps, | |our winner is filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson's Stone." | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Oh Willy... directed by Emma De Sweaf, Marc James Roels | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producers: |Ben Tesseur, Nidia Santiago | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | |Fleeing a nudist colony where he witnessed his mother's | |Description: |passing, Willy has an unexpected encounter. Belgium/The | | |Netherlands/ France | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |In bestowing Emma De Sweaf and Marc James Roels with the Honolulu Film Office | |Award for Best Animated or Experimental Short Film Award, the Jury stated: | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |"Several of the animated shorts at this year's festival were inventive and | |startling, but our winner was a truly exceptional piece of work. This | |humorous, moving and ultimately sublime short tells a story of life, death and| |rebirth with wobbly thighs, vomit, breastfeeding, space travel and bunny | |rabbits - all against the backdrop of a nudist colony. The winner of Best | |Animated or Experimental Short is Oh Willy..." | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Audience Award for Best Short Film | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven directed by Asa | | |Blanck and Johan Palmgren | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Producers: |Asa Blanck | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Description: |An unsentimental young boy goes on a final excursion with | | |his grandfather to collect chanterelle mushrooms. Sweden | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |Awarded to the short film audiences liked most as voted on by a tabulated | |rating system. Short films screening in the Shorts Programs or before | |Narrative Competition, Documentary Competition, or International Showcase | |feature-length screenings were eligible for the Audience Award for Best Short | |Film. | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Audience Award for Best Music Video | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Winner: |Katachi directed by Kijek/Adamski | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| |Music: |Shugo Tokumaru | |_________________|____________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |This award is given to the music video audiences liked most as voted on by a | |tabulated rating system. | |______________________________________________________________________________| | | |______________________________________________________________________________| |To download images and clips from the winning films, please visit | |www.lafilmfest.com and click on Press, then Press Materials. | |______________________________________________________________________________|

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL

Now in its nineteenth year, the Los Angeles Film Festival, supported by L.A. LIVE and the Los Angeles Times, showcases the best in new American and international cinema and provides 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, Music in Film Nights at the GRAMMY Museum, Poolside Chats, Master Classes 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, representing more than 30 countries, make up the main body of the Festival.

The DIRECTV Narrative and DIRECTV Documentary awards are cash awards for best narrative and documentary features selected by an esteemed panel of jurors each year. The Honolulu Film Festival awards cash prizes for best narrative, documentary and animated short films. The Festival also hosts a jury awards as well as a jury award for best performance in the narrative competition. Audience awards are also presented to best documentary, narrative and international feature, short film and music video.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times, Premier and Closing Night Sponsor DIRECTV, Premier and Opening Night Sponsor American Airlines, Principal and Family Day sponsor Hasbro Studios and Platinum sponsors Stella Artois, Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, EFILM, HBO, Volkswagen of America, Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Special support is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Official Screening Venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. Stella Artois is the official beer. Renwood Winery is the official wine provider. Shellback Caribbean Rum is the official spirit. Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel. 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 nonprofit 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, is 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 professional, or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

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's Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent's signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

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

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