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Los Angeles Film Festival

All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival

Whether it is a dramatic or comedic piece, we want screenwriters and filmmakers to share their great stories in regards to the world of sports. We felt that creating this festival would give the many sports fanatics out there an outlet for their love of competition. We ask you, the filmmaker, to only submit films that the plot centers around the competition or competitor. We will respectfully decline films that just have a competition scene in them that isn't pivotal to the story or character.

Some people have asked us to define "sports." Well, we want to include any subject matter that deals with mental and physical competition for the sake of winning a prize (and not killing anyone along the way to do it). So we're ready to watch and read any stories from auto racing to badminton and spelling bees to chess.

The festival this year will be held at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, California on November 9-11, 2012. We plan to have a reception on either Friday or the Thursday prior to the festival's opening.

Our jury and judges are well respected people in the film and sporting industry.  Having your film or screenplay in the festival may open doors that may not be available to you.  We can't promise sudden fame and fortune but we'll do our best to get you noticed.

This is the 4th year of the festival.

Film Independent announces two new co Presidents

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The Film Independent Board Chairman Bill Condon announced that Senior Director Sean Mc Manus and Director of Artist Development Josh Welsh have been appointed to newly created positions of Co-Presidents. They succeed Executive Director Dawn Hudson, who departed in June to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as CEO. In their new positions, Mc Manus and Welsh will work together to lead the organization and run its year-round programs that nurture independent filmmakers and ex...

Werner Herzog to keynote at The Film Independent Forum

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7TH ANNUAL FILM INDEPENDENT FORUM, PRESENTED BY INDIEWIREOCTOBER 21-23, 2011Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced that acclaimed director Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans) will be the keynote speaker and answer filmmaking questions from the audience at the seventh annual Film Independent Forum, presented by indieWIRE. The must-attend conference is a...

If You Like Sports of Any Kind, Here’s a Festival for You

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By James Latham Pat Battistini runs the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival here in the San Fernando Valley.  The festival’s third annual screenings will be at the El Portal Theater on November 11 – 13th, the same time we will be at the Whitefire Theatre.  Altogether, it should be a great filmgoing weekend in the Valley. The All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival promotes the art of screenwriting and filmmaking in the world of sports and competition.  It is one...

LAFF 2011 Winners, But Also-Rans Were Great Too & Katie Holmes

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EXTRA: Yes, Katie Holmes did show up to raves (without Tom Cruise in tow or Suri) for Closing night of 2011 LAFF. She looked great, ps. What might be best remembered from the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is the endearing pairing of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black in a lovefest on their panel, but then again, Ryan Gosling breaking the screaming hot barrier in Nicolas Winding Refn's DRIVE also stands out. Then there is John C. Reilly's new movie TERRI, which is just cool because he is in it. Als...

LAFF 2011 Winners, But Also-Rans Were Great Too & Katie Holmes

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentEXTRA: Yes, Katie Holmes did show up to raves (without Tom Cruise in tow or Suri) for Closing night of 2011 LAFF. She looked great, ps. What might be best remembered from the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is the endearing pairing of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black in a lovefest on their panel, but then again, Ryan Gosling breaking the screaming hot barrier in Nicolas Winding Refn's DRIVE also stands out. Then there is John C. Reilly's new mov...

Winners Announced for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

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Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times and supported by L.A. LIVE, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2011 Festival at the Awards Brunch, sponsored and hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the second year, and sponsored by Dove® Hair Care. Allison Janney and John C. Reilly were on hand to present the awards. The Los Angeles Film Festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. "David, Doug and the team continue to raise ...

LA FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16-26

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2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL By Ron Gilbert You must explore the LA Film Festival this year to view what has happened to downtown LA and the films offered. I have seen many of the documentaries and they are must see films. Of course we have the blockbuster films like Green Lantern but many indie films are worth watching, This year you can use your phone to view what’s happening, Film Independent Goes Mobile for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  The fre...

LA FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16-26

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2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL By Ron Gilbert You must explore the LA Film Festival this year to view what has happened to downtown LA and the films offered. I have seen many of the documentaries and they are must see films. Of course we have the blockbuster films like Green Lantern but many indie films are worth watching, This year you can use your phone to view what’s happening, Film Independent Goes Mobile for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  The fre...

Somewhere Between an emotion documentary

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Somewhere Between a very emotional documentary at LAFF By Ron Gilbert Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton has created a very touching and personal film about four adopted girls from China. It seems that China has a One Child Policy and girls are usually placed up for adoption based on that and of course other reasons like too many children in the household. Knowlton knows the adoption procedure from the inside because she also adopted a Chinese girl 5 years ag...

Somewehere Between an emotion documentary

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Somewhere Between a very emotional documentary at LAFF By Ron Gilbert Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton has created a very touching and personal film about four adopted girls from China. It seems that China has a One Child Policy and girls are usually placed up for adoption based on that and of course other reasons like too many children in the household. Knowlton knows the adoption procedure from the inside because she also adopted a Chinese girl 5 years ag...

Elvis Mitchell as the curator for Film Independent's new Film Series

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival (LA Film Fest), and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced the selection of esteemed film critic Elvis Mitchell as the curator for its new Film Series. The two organizations have partnered for a new weekly Film Series in the fall, with The New York Times as the presenting sponsor. Mitchell will be a full-time staff member at Film Independent and will be working c...

NEWSLETTER N° 507: May 6, 2011

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The Los Angeles Film Festival announced the first round of official US and international se

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  The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  runs from June 16 - 26 . Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, announced the first round of official US and international selections. The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent — the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Spirit Awards — and will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries. Opening and Closing Night...

The Los Angeles County Museum partners with FIND

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  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.  As a result of the museum's analysis and strategic planning process (funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) over the past year around its current film program, Film Independent was identified as an ideal partner for its film series.  The collaboration com...

NEWSLETTER N° 503:April 2, 2011

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Film Independent launches a Documentary Lab

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has launched a new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting, with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All of the Film Independent Labs are designed to suppor...

Submit to the Los Angeles Film Festival 2011

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            THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL June 16-26, 2011 Call for Entries Early Deadline: December 3, 2010 Regular Deadline: January 14, 2011 Final Deadlines: Short films and music videos: February 11, 2011 Feature-length narrative and documentary films: February 24, 2011   Contact Inf...

Film Independent's annual Directors Close-Up series

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  Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the program for its 10th annual Directors Close-Up series, taking place February 2 - March 2, 2011 at The Landmark - West Los Angeles.   Writer/Directors James Gray (Two Lovers) and Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Los Angeles Film Festival Artistic Director David Ansen will be moderators.  Series panelists include writer/directors Lisa...

Independent Spirit Awards Filmmakers grants winners

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  SPIRIT AWARDS WINNERS TO BE REVEALED ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26,  WITH CEREMONY AIRING EXCLUSIVELY ON IFC AT 10:00 PM ET/PT   Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the winners of its four filmmaker grant awards at the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.  Sandra Oh and Terrence Howard hosted the casual event and handed out the honor...

Speakers for the October 2010 Filmmaker Forum announced

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  FILM INDEPENDENT'S 6TH ANNUAL FILMMAKER FORUM OCTOBER 29-31, 2010 Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today the panelists for the sixth annual Filmmaker Forum, which will be held October 29-31 at the Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles.  The opening night film, keynote speaker, and additional panelists will be announced shortly, as well as the recipient of the 2010 Sloan Produce...

The Global Film Village: 2010 LA Film Festival Award Winners

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 Roger Corman Independent Film Legendby Marla LewinThe LA film festival had a free outdoor screening at a new mixed use residential complex named The Los Angeles Center it is a short walk from the Disney Concert Hall and the MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a film named Climate Refugees based on the effects of climate change. Marc talked with Ed Begley, Jr, who remembered him from working with The Grifters, at that time Ed was dating Annette Benning.  Ed had driven to the Acade...

LA Fest red carpet, awards on day 10

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            Festival director Rebecca Yeldham, actress Melissa Leo, actress Gena Rowlands, L...

and the WINNERS ARE....

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I didn't think it would be possible for anything to upstage the last few days of the fest, but yes if there is one man whose indie credentials upstage them all it has to be the legendary Roger Corman walking in with none other than Peter Fonda: more in my blog coming soon about his awe-inspiring panel "School of Corman", and the power-packed films that have kept me alive for the last few days on more than just the sponsor's energy bars.     But first, th...
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