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Timeline: 2000-2009

2000

Sixth Los Angeles Independent Film Festival

Dates: April 13 – 18

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Directors Guild of America, Vynyl, Harmony Gold Preview House, Laemmle Sunset 5, Laugh Factory Theater

Opening Night: Lakeboat, directed by Joe Mantegna

Closing Night: Big Eden, directed by Thomas Bezucha

Films: 35 features and 45 short films

Submissions: More than 1,700 films

Festival Jury: Stephen Farber, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Henry Sheehan

Award Winners by Category: Audience Award, Best Director – Hilary Birmingham, What Happened to Tully; Best Soundtrack – Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, Kevin Fitzgerald; Best Short Film – In God We Trust, Jason Reitman; Best Feature Film – Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope, Steven Cantor; Best Writer – William Blake Herron, A Texas Funeral; Special Citation – Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, David S. Shapiro, Laurie Gwen Shapiro; Critics Prize for Best Feature Film – What Happened to Tully, Hilary Birmingham; Indie Supporter Award – Mark Pogachefsky and Film Division of mPRm.

Of Note: 2000 marks the first year that IFP/West sponsors the Festival. At the conclusion of the event, the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival is acquired by IFP/West (Independent Film Project/West, the forerunner to Film Independent) from Festival Founder, Robert Faust. Richard Raddon serves his inaugural year as Festival Director.

Attendance: 19,000




2001

Seventh Los Angeles Film Festival

Dates: April 20 – 28

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Directors Guild of America, Harmony Gold Preview House, Laemmle Sunset 5, Los Angeles Film School.

Opening Night: Sidewalks of New York, directed by Edward Burns

Closing Night: Things Behind The Sun, directed by Allison Anders

Guest Director: Ang Lee

Films: 31 dramatic features, 11 documentaries, and 19 short films

Critics Jury: Jami Bernard, New York Daily News; Emanuel Levy, Screen International; Stephanie Zacharek, salon.com

Award Winners by Category: Critics Prize for Best Feature Film:  Kaaterskill Falls, directed by Josh Apter and Peter Olsen; Special Jury Award for Writing and Acting:  Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westeldt, Kissing Jessica Stein; Honorable Mention:  Life and Debt, directed by Stephanie (Karen) Black; Audience Award for Best Feature Film:  Kissing Jessica Stein, directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, produced by Eden Wurmfeld and Brad Zions; Audience Award for Best Short:  Horses on Mars, directed by Eric Anderson.

Of Note: The first year that the Festival drops the word “Independent” in its name and worked with the UCLA Archive. Additionally, the festival was extended by two days.

Attendance: 30,000




2002

Eighth Los Angeles Film Festival

Dates: June 20-29

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Directors Guild of America, Laemmle Sunset 5, Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Pacific Theatre

Opening Night: Lovely and Amazing, directed by Nicole Holofcener

Closing Night: The Good Girl, directed by Miguel Arteta

Centerpiece Premieres: Tadpole directed by Gary Winick, 24 Hour Party People directed by Michael Winterbottom, and My Wife is an Actress directed by Yvan Attal.

Guest Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Filmmakers Retreat: Ojai

Films: 153 films

Festival Jury: John Anderson, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld and Cheng-Sim Lim fort the Narrative Competition; Eugene Hernandez, Jytte Jensen and Wesley Morris for the Documentary Competition; Tony Bui and Lael Loewenstein for the Shorts Competition.

Award Winners by Category: Best Animated or Experimental Short; Best Documentary Short; Best Narrative Short; Best Performance in the Narrative Competition; Target Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature) – Spellbound, Jeffrey Blitz; Target Filmmaker Award (for Best Narrative Feature) – Paradox Lake, Przemyslaw Reut; Audience Awards – Best Documentary Feature – Spellbound, Jeffrey Blitz; Best International Feature; Best Music Video; Best Narrative Feature – Washington Heights, Alfredo De Villa; Best Short. Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s OT: Our Town

Of Note: First year moving to 8000 Sunset for nighttime screenings. Opening night film moves from Directors Guild of America to Arclight Cinema. Inaugural year for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, which carries a $50,000 unrestricted cash grant. This prize, funded by the Festival’s Premiere Sponsor, Target, represents the largest cash grant award given at any film festival in the United States. The Jury prize for Documentary Feature carries with it a package of goods including a camera package and additional filmmaker services. 2002 marks the first year for the Filmmakers retreat in Ojai.

History Lessons Host: David O. Russell

Attendance: 30,000




2003

Ninth Los Angeles Film Festival (IFP)

Dates: June 11- June 21

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Directors Guild of America, Laemmle Sunset 5, Laemmle Town Center 5 (Encino), Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Wadsworth Theatre, Chateau Marmont, Target Red Room and 8000 Sunset.

Opening Night: The Cooler, directed by Wayne Kramer

Closing Night: Camp, directed by Todd Graff

Centerpiece Premiere: Mayor of the Sunset Strip, directed by George Hickenlooper

Guest Director: Chen Kaige

Artist in Residence (inaugural year): Kasi Lemmons

Filmmakers Retreat: Torres Pines

Target Awards: Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant; Target Documentary Award, $25,000 unrestricted cash grant

Films: 206 films screened

Festival Jury: Joan Chen, Dave Kehr, Amy Wallace. Vince DiPersio, Sarah Kerr, Freida Lee Mock, Susan O’Leary, Carl Seaton and Diana Williams

Award Winners by Category: Jury Awards – Best Animated or Experimental Short – Historia del Desierto (Stories of the Desert), Celia Galan Julve; Best Documentary Short – Foo-Foo Dust, Gina Levy & Eric Johnson; Best Narrative Short – five deep breaths, Seith Mann; Best Performance in the Narrative Competition; Target Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature) – Be Good, Smile Pretty, Tracy Droz Tragos; Target Filmmaker Award (for Best Narrative Feature) – Crude, Paxton Winters; Audience Awards – Best Documentary Feature – Sunset Story, Laura Gabbert; Best International Feature; Best Music Video; Best Narrative Feature – The Magdalene Sisters, Peter Mullan; Best Short – The Vest, Paul Gutrecht.

Of Note: The grants presented by Target represent the largest cash grant awards given at any film festival in the United States. Inaugural year for Artist in Residence and the Target Documentary Award.

Attendance: 40,000




2004

Tenth Los Angeles Film Festival

Dates: June 17 – 26

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Arclight Cinerama Dome, Argyle Hotel, Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatres, Directors Guild of America, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood Athletic Club, Laemmle Playhouse 7 cinemas, Laemmle Town Center 5 (Encino), Orpheum Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Regent Showcase, Shelter, Sofitel Los Angeles, Wadsworth Theatre

Guest Director: Mira Nair

Artist in Residence: Neil Young

Honorary Co-Chairs: Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson

Opening Night: Garden State, directed by Zach Braff

Closing Night: The Clearing, directed by Pieter Jan Brugge

Centerpiece Premiere: Before Sunset, directed by Richard Linklater

Films: 195 films screened

Filmmaker Retreat: Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara

Target Awards: Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant; Target Documentary Award, $25,000 unrestricted cash grant.

Award Winners by Category: Jury Awards – Best Animated or Experimental Short – Hello, Jonathan Nix; Best Documentary Short – Say You Love Me, Adam Feinstein; Best Narrative Short – Bread and Milk, Shin-yun Won; Target Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature) – Tarnation, Jonathan Caouette; Target Filmmaker Award (for Best Narrative Feature) – Unknown Soldier, Ferenc Toth; Audience Awards – Best Documentary Feature – Up for Grabs, Michael Wranovics; Best International Feature – Dear Frankie, Shona Auerbach; Best Music Video; Best Narrative Feature – Maria Full of Grace, Joshua Marston; Best Short – Parents of the Year, James D. Scurlock; Short Film Special Mention for Excellent Filmmaking – Fragile, Sikander Goldau; Short Film Special Mention for Inventiveness and Visual Style – Dad’s Dead, Chris Shepherd.

Festival Jury: Sandra Hebron, Dave Karger and Lisa Kennedy for Narrative Competition; Arthur Dongan Susan Gerhard and Lisa Leeman for Documentary Competition; and for Shorts Competition: Alison Dickey, Mike Goodridge and Catherine Park.

Of Note: IFP is dropped from the Festival’s official name. Mira Nair serves as the special guest director of the third Filmmaker Retreat. Family Day held at the Directors Guild of America and 8000 Sunset Courtyard. Festival features U.S. Premiere of Fahrenheit 911, following its World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival, with appearance by director Michael Moore.

Attendance: 45,000.




2005

Eleventh Los Angeles Film Festival

Dates: June 16 – 27

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Arclight Cinerama Dome, Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatres, California Plaza, Directors Guild of America, Four Seasons Hotel, Hollywood Palladium, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Laugh Factory, Mann’s National Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Pacific Design Center, Santa Monica Pier, Sofitel Los Angeles, Zephyr Theatre

Guest Director: Sydney Pollack

Artist in Residence: The RZA

Honorary Co-Chairs: Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow, and Elijah Wood

Opening Night: Down in the Valley, directed by David Jacobson

Closing Night Gala: Happy Endings, directed by Don Roos

Centerpiece Premiere: Nine Lives, directed by Rodrigo Garcia

Sponsors: InStyle, Pop-Secret, and Target; Principal Sponsors include Directors Guild of America and Kodak; Promotional Partner is Los Angeles Times

Spirit of Independence Award: Presented to George Clooney

Target Awards: Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant; Target Documentary Award, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant.

Festival Jury: Patricia Cardoso, Marie-Pierre Macia and Gavin Smith for Narrative Competition; Joan Churchill, Ernest Hardy and Renee Tajima-Peña for Documentary Competition; Lisa Gay Hamilton and Anita Monga for Shorts Programs

Award Winners by Category: Jury Awards – Best Animated or Experimental Short – City Paradise, Gaëlle Denis; Best Documentary Short – (tie) Lawn, Monteith McCollum, and Undressing My Mother, Ken Wardrop; Best Narrative Short – La Vie d’un Chien, John Harden; Best Performance in the Narrative Competition – Catherine Kellner and Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Road; Target Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature) – Everyone Their Grain of Sand, Beth Bird; Target Filmmaker Award (for Best Narrative Feature) – Jellysmoke, Mark Banning; Audience Awards – Best Documentary Feature – Sir! No Sir!, David Zeiger; Best International Feature – March of the Penguins, Luc Jacquet; Best Music Video; Best Narrative Feature – Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July; Best Short – Ryan, Chris Landreth

Of Note: Sydney Pollack hosts the Filmmaker Retreat. The Target Filmmaker Award is presented at the Closing Ceremony. Festival Honorary Chair Elijah Wood hosts Opening Night Gala, while his Festival Honorary Chair, Lisa Kudrow, hosts the Closing Night Festivities. Closing Night draws actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Ritter, Jesse Bradford. Festival Honorary Chair Don Cheadle hosts gala Filmmaker Reception poolside at the Skybar atop the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.

Premiere of March of the Penguins, at Ford Amphitheatre with live penguins in attendance. Family Day held on Santa Monica Pier. Three Poolside Chats held at Wetherly Garden at the Four Seasons Hotel. Inaugural “Spirit of Independence Award” presented to George Clooney at gala awards ceremony held in Penthouse of Center West in Westwood Village.

Attendance: 60,000.



2006

Twelfth Los Angeles Film Festival

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Dates: June 22 – July 2

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Mann Theatre’s Historic Fox Westwood Village Theatre, Majestic Crest Theatre, Mann Festival Theatre, Landmark Regent Theatre, AMC Avco Center 4, Mann’s National Theatre, Sala Rossellini at Istituto Italiano di Cultura, James Bridges Theatre at UCLA, Laemmle Sunset 5, Hammer Museum, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre at Geffen Playhouse, Freud Playhouse, Little Theater at Macgowan Hall, W Hotel, John Anson Ford Theatre, California Plaza, Wadsworth Theatre

Opening Night: The Devil Wears Prada, directed by David Frankel

Closing Night: Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Centerpiece Premiere: Quincineara, directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Guest Director: George Lucas

Artist in Residence: Danger Mouse

Honorary Co-Chairs: Christina Applegate, Harrison Ford, Allison Janney, and Virginia Madsen.

Festival Honorary Chair: Allison Janney hosts Opening Night Gala.

Filmmaker Retreat: at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Marin County

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Los Angeles Times. Premiere Sponsors include InStyle, Intel, Pop-Secret, and Target; Principal Sponsors include Adobe, Axium, and Kodak; and Promotional Partner is Schawk.

Festival Jury: Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, David Gordon Green, Danielle Renfrew, Marie-Therese Guirgis, A. J. Schnack, Yareli Arizmendi, Jason Reitman and Mora Stephens

Spirit of Independence Award: Presented to Charlize Theron

Target Awards: Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant; Target Documentary Award, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant.

Award Winners by Category: Jury Awards – Best Animated or Experimental Short – The Wraith of Cobble Hill, Adam Parrish King; Best Documentary Short – Gesture Down (I Don’t Sing), Cedar Sherbert; Best Narrative Short – Side Walls, Gustavo Taretto; Best Performance in the Narrative Competition – presented to the ensemble cast of Mike Akel’s Chalk: Troy Schremmer, Janelle Schremmer, Shannon Haragan, and Chris Mass.; Target Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature) – Deliver Us From Evil, Amy Berg; Target Filmmaker Award (for Best Narrative Feature) – Gretchen, Steve Collins; Audience Awards – Best Documentary Feature – Mario’s Story, Jeff Werner and Susan Koch; Best International Feature – Bubot Niyar/Paper Dolls, Tomer Heymann; Best Music Video – ; Best Narrative Feature – Ira & Abby, Robert Cary; Best Short – I Want To Be A Pilot, Diego Quemada-Diez

Films Sold at the Festival: Deliver Us From Evil (Lionsgate Films), Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror (Xenon Pictures), Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (Seventh Art Releasing), and The Foot Fist Way (Paramount Vantage)

Of Note: Los Angeles Film Festival debuts in new home at Westwood Village. Christina Applegate hosts the Closing Night festivities. Festival Honorary Chair Harrison Ford hosts Filmmaker Reception poolside at W Hotel. Vice President Al Gore attends An Inconvenient Truth with 8,000 audience members at outdoor screening at California Plaza in Downtown L.A., featuring Jon Bon Jovi. Second “Spirit of Independence Award” presented to Charlize Theron by Woody Harrelson, and featuring an insightful interview between Charlize Theron and Elvis Mitchell at the gala reception; dinner and ceremony held at Whiskey Blue and poolside at W Los Angeles – Westwood. Director David Lynch hosts a festival conversation and an anniversary screening of Blue Velvet

Green Day held on Broxton Avenue, with Premiere of Who Killed the Electric Car? Five outdoor screenings held on Pop Secret’s “Popcorn Alley on Broxton” Avenue. Family Day held on Pop Secret’s “Popcorn Alley on Broxton” Avenue. Three Poolside Chats held at W Hotel: Festival Conversations with Neil LaBute, film critic Kenneth Turan, indie favorite Monte Hellman, and artist/music producer Danger Mouse, among others. Additional Festival Talks take place at the Italian Cultural Institute with novelist James Ellroy, and filmmakers William Friedkin and Richard Linklater. Virginia Madsen presented with the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Spirit of Independence event. Jimmy Smits was also in attendance at the Spirit of Independence event to present the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature. 

Diversity Expo and Porch Party held in Hammer Museum. Producer Cathy Schulman, Oscar® winner for Crash and a professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television delivers the Keynote Address at the Financing Conference. A Leonard Cohen Evening screening Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man, Leonard Cohen attends.

1.3 million copies of Festival Film Guide printed and distributed through the Sunday Times.

Attendance: 80,000



2007

Thirteenth Los Angeles Film Festival

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Dates: June 21 – July 1, 2007

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Mann Theatre’s Historic Fox Westwood Village Theatre, Majestic Crest Theatre, Mann Festival Theatre, Landmark Regent Theatre, Billy Wilder Theatre, National Theatre, Landmark Theatres, Sala Rossellini at Istituto Italiano di Cultura, James Bridges Theatre at UCLA, Hammer Museum, Geffen Playhouse, W Hotel, John Anson Ford Theatre, California Plaza, Wadsworth Theatre

Opening Night: Talk to Me, directed by Kasi Lemmons

Closing Night: Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle

Centerpiece Premiere: Joshua, directed by George Ratliff

Guest Director: Curtis Hanson

Artist in Residence: Pharrell Williams

Honorary Co-Chairs: Andy Garcia, Aidan Quinn, and Kerry Washington

Festival Co-Chair: Andy Garcia hosts Opening Night Festivities

Films: 260 films from around the world

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor is the Los Angeles Times; Premiere Sponsors include Axium, Pop-Secret, and Target; Principal Sponsors include American Express OPEN, IFC, and Kodak; and Promotional Partner is Schawk

Filmmaker Retreat: at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Marin County

Spirit of Independence Award: Presented to Clint Eastwood

Target Awards: Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant; Target Documentary Award, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant.

Festival Jury: Karyn Kusama, Rob Nelson, Tom Quinn, Patrick Creadon,

Rob Epstein and Lisa Schwarzbaum.

Award Winners by Category: Jury Awards – Best Animated or Experimental Short – Love and War, Fredrik Emilson; Best Documentary Short – Wood, David Fenster; Best Narrative Short – The Tube With a Hat, Radu Jude; Best Performance in the Narrative Competition – August Evening, ensemble cast; Target Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature) - Billy the Kid, Jennifer Venditti; Target Filmmaker Award (for Best Narrative Feature) – August Evening, Chris Eska; Audience Awards – Best Documentary Feature – Resolved, Greg Whiteley; Best International Feature – Young at Heart, Stephen Walker; Best Music Video – Knights of Cydonia, Joseph Kahn; Best Narrative Feature – Owl and the Sparrow, Stephane Gauger; Best Short – Pariah, Dee Rees

Of Note: Festival Slogan: “It’s In Our DNA”. Opening Night Gala draws actors Don Cheadle and Martin Sheen. Festival Co-Chair Kerry Washington hosts Closing Night Gala. Festival features over 50 panels, conversations & workshops. Over 4,000 people attend the World Premiere of Michael Bay’s Transformers held in five theatres, followed by Blockbuster Block Party on Festival Promenade on Broxton. Hosted conversation with Michael Moore on Sicko.

Six outdoor screenings held at John Ford Amphitheatre: Arctic Tale, Dark Side of the Zeppelin: The Laserium Extravaganza, Hot Rod, The Iron Fist, Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, U.F.O.s at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City. “Game of SKATE” skateboard tournament at Festival Promenade on Broxton, followed by live music featuring the Casket Salesmen, Jettison Babies, and the Germs. Live music in “Bands on Broxton,” featuring New York’s Nuttin’ But Stringz, Dynamite Walls, The Larry Bagby Band, and others. Three Poolside Chats at W Hotel. Festival Conversations with directors Ulu Grosbard, Paul Mazursky and Joseph Sargent. Tribute Screenings: A Christmas Story, The Elephant Man, Love Story, The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo

Anniversary screening: the 50th anniversary screenings of Old Yeller, and 20 Million Miles to Earth. Family Day Celebration featuring: jump rope demonstration/workshop by Jump Rope USA, performances by LA Ironworks and Nuttin But Stringz, and Playhouse Disney activities and appearances by Disney characters. Special screenings include Komaneko: The Curious Cat, A Christmas Story, and The Buffy Musical: Once More With Singing! A Big-Screen Interactive Extravaganza. Diversity Expo held at the Hammer Museum.

1.3 million copies of Festival Film Guide printed and distributed through the Sunday Los Angeles Times. Third “Spirit of Independence Award” presented to Clint Eastwood at gala ceremony and dinner at Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village, featuring Tony Bennett, Dustin Hoffman, Ryan Phillippe, Kevin Bacon, Terrence Howard and Aidan Quinn.

Attendance: 86,000



2008

Fourteenth Los Angeles Film Festival

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Dates: June 19 – 29

Festival Director: Richard Raddon

Venues: Mann’s Historic Fox Westwood Village Theatre, Majestic Crest Theatre, Mann Festival Theatre, Mann Village Theatre, Landmark Regent Theatre, Billy Wilder Theater at Hammer Museum, Hotel Palomar, The Landmark Theatres, Target Red Room, Sala Rossellini at Istituto Italiano di Cultura, James Bridges Theatre at UCLA, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse, W Hotel, John Anson Ford Theatre, and California Plaza

Opening Night: Wanted, directed by Timur Bekmambetov

Closing Night: Hellboy II:  The Golden Army, directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Centerpiece Premiere: Anvil! The Story of Anvil, directed by Sacha Gervasi

Guest Director: Melvin Van Peebles

Artist in Residence: Common

Honorary Co-Chairs: Antonio Banderas, Rob Reiner, and Jada Pinkett Smith

Films: over 240 films

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Los Angeles Times; Premiere Sponsors: American Express OPEN, Netflix, Target; Principal Sponsors: Kodak, IFC; Promotional Partner: Schawk

Spirit of Independence Award: Presented to Don Cheadle

Filmmaker Retreat: at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Marin County

Festival Jury: Stephanie Allain, Tom Carson, Robert M. Young, Marina Goldovskaya, Esther Robinson, Morgan Spurlock, Robert Abele, Jessica Sanders, Sean Shodahl

Target Awards: Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant; Target Documentary Award, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant.

Award Winners by Category: Jury Awards – Best Animated or Experimental Short – I Have Seen the Future, Cam Christiansen; Best Documentary Short – City of Cranes, Eva Weber; Best Narrative Short – Magic Paris, Alice Winocour; Best Performance in the Narrative Competition – Jennifer Lawrence in The Poker House; Target Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature) – Loot, Darius Marder; Target Filmmaker Award (for Best Narrative Feature) – Prince of Broadway, Sean Baker; Audience Awards – Best Documentary Feature – Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Sacha Gervasi; Best International Feature – Man on Wire, James Marsh; Best Music Video – Run, Melanie Mandl; Best Narrative Feature – The Wackness, Jonathan Levine; Best Short – Frankie, Darren Thornton.

Of Note: Festival Slogan: “The Audience Is King”. Opening Night Gala draws actors James McAvoy, Terrence Stamp and Timur Bekmambetov. Fourth “Spirit of Independence Award” presented to Don Cheadle at gala ceremony at Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village. Free outdoor screenings held at John Ford Amphitheatre and on Festival Promenade on Broxton. 

Three Poolside Chats held at glamorous pool at W Hotel featuring Shirley Halperin (author, Pot Culture), Jenji Kohan (creator, Weeds), Cheech Marin, Illeana Douglas, Janeane Garofalo, Aisha Tyler, Philip Baker Hall (Secret Honor, The West Wing) and others. Festival Conversations with directors Rob Reiner, Lawrence Kasdan, Diane English, and special guests. Diversity Expo and Family Day held on Broxton Ave. 

1.3 million copies of Festival Film Guide printed and distributed through the Sunday.

Attendance: 83,000



2009

Fifteenth Los Angeles Film Festival

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Dates: June 18 – 28

Festival Director: Rebecca Yeldham

Venues: Mann’s Historic Fox Westwood Village Theatre, Majestic Crest Theatre, Mann Festival Theatre, Mann Village Theatre, Landmark Regent Theatre, Billy Wilder Theater at Hammer Museum, Hotel Palomar, The Landmark Theatres, ZonePerfect live.create.lounge, Sala Rossellini at Istituto Italiano di Cultura, James Bridges Theatre at UCLA, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse, W Los Angeles – Westwood Hotel, John Anson Ford Theatre, AMC Avco, , Broxton Avenue, and California Plaza

Opening Night: Paper Man, directed by Kieran Mulroney & Michele Mulroney

Closing Night: Ponyo, directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Centerpiece Premiere: Public Enemies, directed by Michael Mann

Gala Premiere: Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, directed by Michael Bay

Artists in Residence: Khaled Hosseini, Thom Mayne

Films: over 200 feature films, shorts and music videos

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Los Angeles Times; Premiere Sponsors: Target, ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bars; Principal Sponsors: Kodak, IFC, Netflix

Filmmaker Retreat: at Hotel Luxe in Los Angeles, CA

Festival Jury: David Ansen, KK Barrett, Albert Berger, Tracey Bing, Anna Boden, Patricia Cardoso, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, Darius Marder, Elvis Mitchell, Mark Osborne, and Alex Rivera

Target Awards: Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant; Target Documentary Award, $50,000 unrestricted cash grant.

Award Winners by Category:

Jury Awards – Target Filmmaker Award – Wah Do Dem (What They Do), Sam Fleischner & Ben Chase; Target Documentary Award – Those Who Remain Los Que se Quedan), Juan Carlos Rulfo & Carlos Hagerman; Target Dream in Color Award (for Best Short Film in Future Filmmaker Showcase) – Lipstick, Sam Rubin; Outstanding Performance in Narrative Competition – Shayne Topp in Dear Lemon Lima,; Best Narrative Short Film – Time and Again, Antonio Mendez Esparza; Best Documentary Short Film – Replayground, Anna Gaskell; Best Animated Short Film – Skhizein, Jérémy Clapin; Audience Awards – Best Narrative Feature – The Stoning of Soraya M., Cyrus Nowrasteh; Best Documentary Feature – Soul Power, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte; Best International Feature – Born Without (Nacido Sin), Eva Norvind; Best Short Film – Instead of Abracadabra, Patrik Eklund; Best Music Video – Grapevine Fires, Walter Robot

Of Note: Gala events and screenings drew celebrities Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, Paul Giamatti, Johnny Knoxville, Melissa Leo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Lynch, Shia LaBeouf, Jimmy Page, John C. Reilly, Christina Ricci, U2’s The Edge, Kanye West, Jack White, and Zooey Deschanel. Conversations and panels drew Catherine Hardwicke, Dustin Hoffman, Diego Luna, Cheech Marin, Robert Rodriguez, and Jon Voight.

The Filmmaker Reception was held poolside at the W Hotel and was hosted by Peter Fonda. The Awards Gala at the Hammer Museum drew presenters Jon Voight, Elizabeth Pena, and Alice Braga.

Attendance: 75,000