2010 Los Angeles Film Festival Moves To Downtown LA
This year, the Los Angeles Film Festival will move to Downtown in LA instead of taking place in West LA. Check out the full press release below.
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival, and year-round artist development programs and exhibition events, announced today that the 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times is joining the vibrant, burgeoning independent arts community in downtown Los Angeles. The Festival runs from June 17-27 and will encompass venues throughout the City of Los Angeles and be centered at L.A. LIVE.
The move is reflective of the Festival’s continued growth and its efforts to embrace the cultural diversity and energy of Los Angeles. The Festival will present its screenings and events at the new Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, the REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), the Downtown Independent, the Soundstage Theatre at the GRAMMY Museumc, JW Marriot Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Los Angeles, Orpheum Theatre, and California Plaza. The Festival will also continue its tradition of nighttime screenings at the outdoor John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood and The Times will again serve as presenting partner, as it has since 2006.
Over the past 16 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival has grown from being held in one theater with 5,700 attendees to include a sprawling list of event venues that attract more than 85,000 attendees. The Festival moved to Westwood Village in 2006 to accommodate its growing audience, which doubled in the four years it was based there.
“The Festival’s move to downtown Los Angeles allows us a unique opportunity to celebrate the history and future of our City,” said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham. “Our new location will continue to pave the way for LAFF to realize its potential as an international destination event, and unites our filmmakers and audiences with the diverse arts community that exists downtown.”
“Downtown Los Angeles continues to attract more of the city’s best music, visual arts, and dance events. We are delighted to have such an important film festival celebrating L.A.’s unique diversity, creative culture, and artistic talent join this growing arts community,” said Olga Garay, Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
“We welcome the Los Angeles Film Festival and its supporters to L.A. LIVE and downtown Los Angeles, an area that is already considered one of the great arts communities in our region,” said Tim Leiweke, president and CEO, AEG, developers of L.A. LIVE. “With our array of restaurants and entertainment options for visitors, L.A. LIVE was truly built to be the home of prestigious internationally noted events like the Los Angeles Film Festival.”
The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival runs June 17 through June 27. Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos from more than 30 countries make up the main body of the Festival. The Festival’s official film selections will be announced in early May. For more information on pass sale dates and tickets, register your e-mail address at LAFilmFest.com.