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Monday, 09 June 2014 18:10

LA Film Festival Goes All Out

Written by  Brendon Tom
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For its 20th anniversary, the Los Angeles Film Festival is going all out. 

The festival will run from June 11th-19th at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles with a buffet of 200 feature films, shorts and music videos from over 40 countries. Film Independent, the nonprofit that took over the festival in 2000, is upping the local emphasis this year in what has become one of the city’s top international movie showcases.

“We’re putting a spotlight on the city of Los Angeles this year as a muse and an inspiration for the rest of the world,” festival director Stephanie Allain said of the nine-day event, which begins with pre-festival screenings Monday and Tuesday of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street. The fest officially kicks off Wednesday night with Korean auteur Bong Joon-Ho’s English-language sci-fi spectacular Snowpiercer.

Aside from the larger films, a special section called LA Muse will be launched, focusing on Los Angeles as a source of inspiration for filmmakers and artists worldwide. “There are a lot of local filmmakers in the LA Muse section, and it really shows all aspects of the city, from Echo Park to Chinatown to Westchester to Hollywood,” Allain said.

Tickets: Individual tickets and package costs range from $9-$2,500.

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