The Weekend: LA Film Festival 2017 Complete Schedule

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The LA Film Festival takes place June 14 – June 22, 2017 headquartered at ArcLight Cinemas Culver City, with additional screenings at ArcLight Hollywood, ArcLight Santa Monica and more. Festival passes are on sale now at lafilmfestival.com.  

"Our competitions reflect who Film Independent is as an organization," said LA Film Festival Director Jennifer Cochis. "Within each section you'll find discovery, diversity, and promising talent both in front of and behind the camera."

Programming Director Roya Rastegar added, "The films curated for the 2017 competition reflect the changing political climate's impact on emerging independent filmmakers, who are compelled to tell stories about the power of conviction, collectivity and resilience."

The 2017 LA Film Festival announces a diverse slate of 48 feature films, 51 short films, 15 high school short films and 10 short episodic works representing 32 countries. Previously announced, the Opening Night Film is the World Premiere of Colin Trevorrow's The Book of Henry. More special screenings and programs will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Festival's five competitions feature 37 World Premieres, 2 International Premieres and 9 North American Premieres. Across the competition categories 42% of the films are directed by women and 40% are directed by people of color.

Passes are on sale now and only Film Independent Members get early access and save up to 25%. In addition to access to screenings and events (even after they sell out), Festival passes provide entry to the Festival Lounge, which features a hosted bar for those 21 and older and the opportunity to interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community.

U.S. Fiction Competition (10)

Original voices with distinct visions from emerging and established American independent filmmakers.

20 Weeks, dir. Leena Pendharkar, USA, World Premiere

And Then I Go, dir. Vincent Grashaw, USA, World Premiere

Beauty Mark, dir. Harris Doran, USA, World Premiere

Becks, dir. Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, Daniel Powell, USA, World Premiere

Don't Come Back From The Moon, dir. Bruce Thierry Cheung, USA, World Premiere 

Everything Beautiful is Far Away, dir. Andrea Sisson, Pete Ohs, USA, World Premiere

Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town, dir. Christian Papierniak, USA, World Premiere

Moss, dir. Daniel Peddle, USA, World Premiere

Never Here, dir. Camille Thoman, USA, World Premiere

Village People, dir. Paul Briganti, USA, World Premiere

Documentary Competition (10)

Compelling, character-driven non-fiction films from the U.S. and around the world.

Abu, dir. Arshad Khan, Canada, World Premiere

Dalya's Other Country, dir. Julia Meltzer, USA, World Premiere

Liyana, dir. Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp, Swaziland / USA / Qatar, World Premiere

Mankiller, dir. Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, USA, World Premiere

Monkey Business, dir. Ema Ryan Yamazaki, USA, World Premiere

Opuntia, dir. David Fenster, USA / Mexico / Spain, World Premiere

Out of State, dir. Ciara Lacy, USA, World Premiere

Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq, dir. Yatri N. Niehaus, Germany / Greenland, World Premiere

Thank You For Coming, dir. Sara Lamm, USA, World Premiere

Two Four Six, dir. Leyla Nedorosleva, Russia / USA / Haiti, World Premiere

World Fiction Competition (8)

Unique fiction films from around the world by emerging and established filmmakers, especially curated for LA audiences.

Butterfly Kisses, dir. Rafael Kapelinski, Great Britain, North American Premiere

Catching Feelings, dir. Kagiso Lediga, South Africa, World Premiere

Dark Blue Girl, dir. Mascha Schilinski, Germany / Greece, International Premiere

In This Corner of the World, dir. Sunao Katabuchi, Japan, North American Premiere

Moko Jumbie, dir. Vashti Anderson, Trinidad and Tobago / USA, World Premiere

The Nightguard, dir. Diego Ros, Mexico, North American Premiere

Nocturne, dir. Luis Ayhllón, Mexico, North American Premiere

On the Beach at Night Alone, dir. Hong Sangsoo, South Korea, North American Premiere

 

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Auto, Yachts, Jets, Real Estate

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Theatre, Music, Books

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