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Los Angeles Film Festival makes a move out of Westwood

April 8, 2010 | 10:51 am

Like Jamie Foxx in "Dreamgirls," the Los Angeles Film Festival is going downtown.

The 16-year-old festival, whose events have been centered in Westwood for the past four years, will move the locus of its screenings and events to downtown Los Angeles.

Among the venues at which the Film Independent-run LAFF will show films and host panels are Regal Cinemas, the Grammy Museum, the Orpheum Theatre and Nokia Plaza, with L.A. Live serving as its flagship venue. The festival will continue to hold outdoor screenings in Hollywood, at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater. (The Times is a presenting sponsor of LAFF.)

The move continues a pattern for Film Independent, which also runs the Spirit Awards, of moving its events downtown. The Spirits' switch last month, to L.A. Live, met with mixed results, but festival director Rebecca Yeldham said that the new spot would be more central and also tap into the neighborhood's emerging cultural identity.

“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," she said.

Last year's festival showcased a number of films that went on to broader acclaim, including the political satire "In the Loop," which was nominated for an adapted screenplay Oscar. This year's edition of the festival begins on June 17 and runs through June 27. Film announcements are expected in early May.

--Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire

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No place to park around that area.

Big mistake. Bad air, Noise and Traffic.
It was much better at the D.G.A. Theaters in Hollywood.

Why Film Independent? Why?....

I am glad it is moving our of West LA, it is a bad area and not representative of the new image LA needs to project.

It's a great idea for L.A. & the cultural changes that are taking place in downtown L.A.! It's thriving with indpendent artists of all sorts. However,they should carpool there or take the train; there is absolutely no where to park, unless you pay $20+bucks!

How far Westwood has fallen. The Black Hole that is Westwood Village continues to collapse upon itself. I home the neighborhood groups are happy.

Good. I can take the blue line train over there.

Awesome. I love Downtown L.A.

Love it. Another great thing comes to a downtown.

Los Angeles is a great place to live in. The city offers everything that a person can ask for a better life: good homes, well-paying jobs, exciting nightlife, exotic cuisines, and exhilarating entertainment.This is the reason why so many people are moving to Los Angeles, which means mushrooming of Los Angeles Movers and paradox of choices.Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona in September, is the largest county fair in the world with music, attractions, rides and other festivities typically American.


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