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Los Angeles Film Festival

LA Film Fest offers unparalleled access to creative voices through energetic film programming, master classes, live performances and conversations with the most compelling artists working today. This year, the Festival returns to L.A. LIVE with an expanded mission and reach of storytelling to include television, web series, gaming videos and other alt digital content submissions alongside film. New competition showcases also include LA Muse, for films that capture the spirit of Los Angeles; BET Experience, a partnership that spotlights filmmakers of color; and Funny or Die Make ‘em LAFF; competition for diversity in the comedy world.

LA Film Fest alum have the potential to earn recognition from highly-esteemed organizations such as the Academy Awards (short films); Cinema Eye Honors (non-fiction features); Film Independent Spirit Awards (for feature films).

September 20, 2018 to September 28, 2018

Find us on Facebook at and Twitter @LAFilmFest. Official event hashtag: #LAFilmFest.

LA Fest Day 7 I  Day 6  I Day 5 I Day 3 I Day 2 I Day 1 I Opening Highlights


World Premiere debut at the LA FILM FESTIVAL for MAIKO- DANCING CHILD directed by Åse Svenheim Drivenes

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THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 14th in Los Angeles


Maiko's destiny was decided before she was born. Her name Maiko means dancing child. Her mother, the driving force behind her career, sold their home to send 14-year-old Maiko to the most prestigious dancing schools in Europe. Maiko knew she couldn't return to Japan as a failure. Today she is 32 and on top of her career as a prima ballerina at the Norwegian National Ballet. But Maiko is not a young dancer anymore and talented newcomers are fighting for her position. Competition is getting tougher when Maiko decides to start a family...

Official Selection LA Film Festival 2015


JUNE 14 3:55 PM 

JUNE 16 3:30 PM


1000 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015 

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 This visually stunning film follows the life of dancer Maiko Neshino.  She has reached a pinnacle in her career as the celebrated prima ballerina of the Norwegian National Ballet. Now, she comes face to face with her desire to have a child – and star in Swan Lake.  In their debut documentary, filmmakers Åse Svenheim-Drivenes and Anita Rehoff Larsen explore the roles of mother and daughter with the traditional image of a ballerina. Early home videos of Maiko’s family in Japan are woven together with present day interactions between Maiko and her mother, emphasizing the sacrifices the family made to make Maiko’s dreams of ballet a reality. Elegant performance footage is balanced with moments of strenuous training, but Maiko’s grace can barely conceal the strain of continuing to persevere as the National Ballet’s top dancer – especially as her body changes.

The film will make it's World Premiere debut at the LA FILM FESTIVAL on JUNE 14th 3:55 PM at REGAL CINEMAS- LA LIVE.  

Both Maiko and Ase will be in town and are available for interviews June 13-15.  Please contact if you are interested in covering the film.

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About Los Angeles Film Festival

Campbell Gloria
(Film Independent)

The Los Angeles Film Festival showcases the best of American and international cinema. Drawing an enthusiastic audience of over 80,000, the Festival provides films with the opportunity to be embraced by the public and discovered by the industry.

Los Angeles

United States

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