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Los Angeles Film Festival



Overview: The Los Angeles Film Festival occurs every year in late June, and runs for 10 days. It's held in a part of LA known as Westwood Village, and has started drawing over 100,000 people from the local area as well as the world.

The main purpose of the festival is to promote the best of independent American and world cinema. Yes, it's all about independent filmmakers...even though previous films shown at the festival included The Devil Wears Prada and Michael Bay's exercise in violently shaky camerawork, Transformers. Hurray for the little guy!

Actually, I think those films were just shown to draw crowds and to call attention to the festival.

Like a lot of other film festivals, this one has become a major event that attracts loads of acclaimed filmmakers, critics, and other industry insiders. International movies are discovered, big deals are made, many celebrities are spotted, and the LAPD probably notices a spike in the amount of paperwork they process each evening.

4,500 films from about 40 different countries are submitted, with roughly 100 features, 40 shorts, and about 60 music videos selected to make up the main core of screenings. That's right, this film festival is a little different from others in that it screens music videos!


Awards

Here's a list of the major awards handed out at the Los Angeles Film Festival:

Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature: The winner of this award also gets a $50,000 cash prize, which is the biggest of any American film festival. It's sponsored by Target (the big store that's a cleaner version of Wal-Mart), in case you were wondering about the strange name.

Target Documentary Award for Best Documentary Feature: The winner of this award also gets $50,000.

Jury Prize for Best Performance
Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short
Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short
Jury Prize for Best Animated Short
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Audience Award for Best Short/Expermental Film

The Los Angeles Film Festival also hosts special events, which include the After Dark festival and other presentations that include sneak peaks of anticipated blockbusters, cocktail parties, and comedy shows.

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