July 15th Final Deadline For Film Submissions
The second annual Downtown Film Festival – Los Angeles (DFFLA), the only dedicated film festival in the historic core of the Entertainment Capital of the World, will be held August, 12-22, 2009. The festival doubles in size to 10 days from last year’s inaugural event with a series of film screenings of Hollywood, independent and classic films, lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and parties and receptions, all celebrating downtown L.A.’s renaissance.
Filmmakers may submit films for screening consideration beginning today and until the final deadline of July 15th. Feature narrative and documentary films, as well as short films are eligible for consideration. Additional information about submissions can be found on the festivals website: www.dffla.com
The 2009 Downtown Film Festival is being presented by the AT Center, arts>Brookfield Properties and the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live!, with additional sponsors to be announced in the coming weeks.
The festival will be headquartered at LBA Realty’s AT Center (formerly, the Transamerica Center) in downtown L.A.’s exciting South Park district. In addition to providing the festival’s main screening venue, (a newly renovated 500-seat theater with state-of-the-art video projection equipment), the AT Center will be the location of the festival’s 5,000-square-foot Cinema Lounge, located on the southwest corner of the AT Center at Olive and 12th St. The Cinema Lounge at the AT Center will be a beehive of activity during the festival that will include nightly parties and receptions, panel discussions and art exhibitions as well housing the festival box office.
Brookfield Properties’ 7+FIG shopping center in the core of downtown L.A., located at the corner of 7th and Figueroa Streets, will be the site of three of the festival’s signature events presented in conjunction with arts>Brookfield Properties. The festival’s celebration of the films of Hollywood icon Paul Newman takes place on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 13th with back-to-back screenings of “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” and “Hud” on the outdoor plaza of the shopping center. The 7+FIG Art Space, located on the second level of the shopping center, will be the site of “Shorts Sweets,” the festival’s screenings of short films during lunchtime and happy hour, designed for downtown’s L.A. workday commuters and art lovers alike. Sustainable L.A., the festival’s green program, will also be held at 7+FIG on Aug. 20th, featuring a farmer’s market, “slow food” cooking demonstrations, and environmentally themed short films and seminars.
The GRAMMY Museum, located at L.A. Live!, will partner with the festival to present a series of music documentary films and live musical performances at The Museum.
This year’s festival is under the direction of Henry Priest and Greg Ptacek. “The overwhelming positive response to last year’s inaugural festival confirmed our original supposition that downtown L.A. was ready for annual film festival. In short, we’re thrilled to back,” said Priest.
“We especially want to thank our presenting sponsors – LBA Realty/AT Center, arts>Brookfield Properties and the GRAMMY Museum – for their support of the festival in particular as well as their endorsement of the arts in downtown L.A.,” said Ptacek.
Roger M. Mayer will serve once again as the festival’s programming director. In addition to the aforementioned programming, the festival will premiere a variety of Hollywood and independently produced feature films, documentaries and shorts. Special programming will include a film series spotlighting American-Latino filmmakers, a screening paying homage to downtown L.A.’s Silent Era history, and a showcase of movies by filmmakers living in Downtown L.A.
For more information, visit the festivals website: www.dffla.com