LOS ANGELES, CA â€” TheÂ LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent,Â the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards as well as the Festival,Â today announced a major new partnership with ArcLight Cinemas. The 22nd edition of the LA Film Festival will take place June 1 â€“ June 9, 2016 at ArcLight Cinemas around the city, including ArcLight Hollywood and the brand new ArcLight Santa Monica. The Festival headquarters will be at ArcLight Culver City. The 2016 call for submissions is now open.
â€œWe are so happy to be launching this partnership with ArcLight Cinemas,â€ said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. â€œThe ArcLight Cinemas are known for the highest quality projection and sound that will delight filmmakers and audiences alike. We share a mutual audience of filmmakers and film lovers who revel in unique cinematic experiences. Under Stephanie Allainâ€™s leadership, the Festival has found its voice in echoing Film Independentâ€™s mission toÂ showcase diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.â€
â€œWe are thrilled to partner with the LA Film Festival, such a dynamic forum for filmmakers in Los Angeles,â€ said Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President, Cinema Programming,Â ArcLight Cinemas. â€œWe understand and share Stephanie’s focus on diversity and showcasing female filmmaking voices. We are happy to be the new home for the LA Film Festival.â€
Festival Director Stephanie Allain also announced today the promotion of Roya Rastegar to Director of Programming and the full-time hire of Jennifer Cochis as Creative Director. Elvis Mitchell continues in his role as Film Independent Curator.
â€œThanks to the efforts of the programming team this past year,Â 40% of the feature films in the Festival were directed by women and over 30% were directed by filmmakers of color,â€ says Allain. â€œCelebrating the city of Los Angeles is a central part of the Festivalâ€™s mission and thanks to our new partnership, weâ€™re delighted to bring our discoveries to an ArcLight near you.Â The 2016 call for submissions is now open!â€
The Los Angeles Film Festivalâ€™s mission is to showcase diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in independent American and international cinema.Â The early deadline for submissions is November 20, the official deadline is December 14, and the late deadline is January 15, 2016. Please visitÂ www.lafilmfestival.comÂ for submission guidelines and forms.