Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Get $150K In Cash Grants At Brunch

Five independent filmmakers received cash grants totaling $150,000 today from Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival.
The recipients were announced at the annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. John Cho (Star TrekColumbusSearch) and Alia Shawkat (Search PartyBlazeDuck Butter) co-hosted the event and handed out the honors.
“This year we are giving out $150,000…

Five independent filmmakers received cash grants totaling $150,000 today from Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival. The recipients were announced at the annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. John Cho (Star TrekColumbusSearch) and Alia Shawkat (Search PartyBlazeDuck Butter) co-hosted the event and handed out the honors. "This year we are giving out $150,000…

Los Angeles Film Festival Moves to September Next Year

The Los Angeles Film Festival is moving from the summer to late September, Film Independent announced on Wednesday.

The move will place the festival in the thick of awards season, and will also put it in direct competition with the AFI Fest, which takes place in Hollywood in November, and the New York Film Festival, which runs from late September to mid-October in New York City.

“Film Independent is so proud of the work we’ve done in showcasing new American and international cinema that embraces diversity, innovation and unique perspectives, but the fact is that summer is a challenging time for artist driven films, and fall is where we clearly belong,” said LA Film Festival Director Jennifer Cochis in a statement.

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LAFF struggled to attract high-profile films and attract an audience in June, where it was sandwiched between the Cannes Film Festival in May and the fall festivals like Venice, Telluride and Toronto in late August and September. The move to late September will place it immediately after that trio of fests and around the same time as the New York Film Festival.

That places it in a hugely competitive time of the year for film festivals that are looking to premiere new films, but also a time when studios want to showcase their awards contenders in front of industry audiences.

The move will begin in 2018, with the festival entering a multi-year partnership with ArcLight Cinemas.

Submissions for the festival will be accepted beginning in January on Withoutabox.

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The Los Angeles Film Festival is moving from the summer to late September, Film Independent announced on Wednesday.

The move will place the festival in the thick of awards season, and will also put it in direct competition with the AFI Fest, which takes place in Hollywood in November, and the New York Film Festival, which runs from late September to mid-October in New York City.

“Film Independent is so proud of the work we’ve done in showcasing new American and international cinema that embraces diversity, innovation and unique perspectives, but the fact is that summer is a challenging time for artist driven films, and fall is where we clearly belong,” said LA Film Festival Director Jennifer Cochis in a statement.

LAFF struggled to attract high-profile films and attract an audience in June, where it was sandwiched between the Cannes Film Festival in May and the fall festivals like Venice, Telluride and Toronto in late August and September. The move to late September will place it immediately after that trio of fests and around the same time as the New York Film Festival.

That places it in a hugely competitive time of the year for film festivals that are looking to premiere new films, but also a time when studios want to showcase their awards contenders in front of industry audiences.

The move will begin in 2018, with the festival entering a multi-year partnership with ArcLight Cinemas.

Submissions for the festival will be accepted beginning in January on Withoutabox.

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LA Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineups With 42% Directed by Women

The LA Film Festival has unveiled its lineups for the competition sections with 42% of the films directed by women and 40% by people of color. The festival, now in its 23rd year, announced that the U.S. fiction, documentary, world fiction, L.A. muse, and nightfall sections contain 48 feature films from 32 countries with 37… Read more »

The LA Film Festival has unveiled its lineups for the competition sections with 42% of the films directed by women and 40% by people of color. The festival, now in its 23rd year, announced that the U.S. fiction, documentary, world fiction, L.A. muse, and nightfall sections contain 48 feature films from 32 countries with 37... Read more »