This week we will be taking a look at the LA Film Festival, also known as LA Film Fest or (LAFF). The Festival started on Wednesday 11th June and runs until Thursday the 19th June, taking place at LA. Lives’ Regal Cinemas downtown. In honour of the festivals 20th anniversary this year, a new section, L.A Muse, will highlight movies set in and inspired by Los Angeles. LA pops up in so many movies, after all it is the place where ‘dreams are made’. Hollywood is a vision that most budding film players have in the back of their minds and so the LA Film festival is an incredibly important event for film industry professionals.
The festival opened with Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi film “Snowpiercer”, a sci-fi epic based on the 1983 French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” A failed global-warming experiment kills off most of planet life except for a few lucky survivors that board the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe. The action-packed film follows the oppressed passengers in the rear section of the train as they attempt to revolt against the elites upfront. The film, will go head-to-head with “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on June 27, will open across 10 markets theatrically, said RADiUS-TWC Co-President Tom Quinn.
On Saturday the 14th June the audience was blown away with the premiere of “Earth to Echo,” a PG-rated sci-fi flick that follows kids in Nevada aiding an alien on his journey home. The film brings Brian “Astro” Bradley, 17, to the big screen for the first time. Audiences first saw him in 2011 in the first season of “The X Factor,” showcasing his rapping abilities. Astro’s character, Tuck, narrates the film and operates the handheld cameras and YouTube footage that help to drive the storytelling. “Earth to Echo” opens in theatres nationwide on July 2.
There will be over 200 films showcased at the LA Film Festival altogether including many short student made films.The festival presents the following awards with cash prizes at the end of the event:
• Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature
• Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature
• Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
• Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
• Audience Award for Best International Feature
• Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition
• Best Narrative Short Film Best Documentary Short Film
• Best Animated/Experimental Short Film
• Audience Award for Best Short Film.
As with any Film festival, there will be lots of glamour, red carpet glitz and swanky aftershow parties held throughout Los Angeles over the next few days. For more information about the LAFF visit their website, sign up to our newsletter for live updates.