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 15. Feature narrative and documentary films, as well as short films are eligible for consideration. Additional information about submissions can be found on the festival's website: www.dffla.com.
The 2009 Downtown Film Festival is being presented by the AT&T 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&T 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&T Center will be the location of the festival's 5,000-square-foot Cinema Lounge, located on the southwest corner of the AT&T Center at Olive and 12th St. The Cinema Lounge at the AT&T 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.
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.
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 festival's website: www.dffla.com.