The third annual LA Femme Film Festival, taking place in Beverly Hills, is committed to changing how women are viewed in the industry by showcasing the diverse talents of emerging artists to wider audiences.
Festival founder Leslie LaPage said, After more than a decade of working as a producer in the industry, I’ve seen women filmmakers rise to the top and I wanted to create a specific forum in which our stars of tomorrow could be championed. Our festivals winners receive distribution deals and we hope that this years cadre of extraordinary filmmakers will enjoy the same success.
The four-day festival program includes screenings of selected new independent features, shorts, student and animated films for industry professionals, other up and coming filmmakers and film fans, as well as seminars with industry experts, networking events, an awards ceremony and a benefit gala.
The seminar line-up includes a prestigious array of film business professionals. The Writers Guild America West will sponsor a writers panel featuring women screenwriters who have written screenplays on genre specific films. The Screen Actors Guild will sponsor a panel featuring women actors, directors, and producers on Ageism in Hollywood.
LA Femme Film Festival accepts submissions of films produced, directed or written by women. Each film, video, short and screenplay competes with others in its category for awards, including Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Screenplay, Best Commercial, Best Music Video, Best Public Service Announcement, Best Short, Best Indie Feature, Best Indie Writer, Best Director and Honorable Mention for Outstanding Achievement.
Awards are presented at the festivals closing ceremony on October 14. Award winners receive prizes, including merchandise, valued at over $1,500. Most importantly, winners gain priceless exposure for their films. For example, the 2005 Best Feature winner, Green Street Hooligans. subsequently opened in over 2,000 theaters nationwide. Yelena Lanskaya, winner of the 2005 Best Director award, saw her film The Colt aired on The Hallmark Channel. In 2006 the filmmaker of City of Gold, signed a production agreement with Sandman Studios. The festival also distributes selected films and acts as a producers representative.
LA Femme Film Festival also honors deserving members of the entertainment community. This years honorees are Martha Coolidge, Rosanna Arquette, Lea Thompson and Sara Risher. Past honorees include Lauren Zalaznick, Angela Bromstad, Susan Seidelman, Marisol Nichols and Maria Conchita Alonso, among others.
LA Femme Film Festival is open to the general public. Tickets are available on the website www.lafemme.org or by calling (310) 441-1645. Tickets for individual films are $10.00 and seminars are each $20.00 at the door, while a VIP pass for all events is $150.00. A union member pass (SAG, WGA, AFTRA, DGA, PGA, IATSC) for all events is available for $59.99.? High school students may attend screenings and seminars for free. Full Festival VIP passes include all screenings, after parties, seminars, the Benefit Party and the Closing Night Awards Ceremony. Students with a current ID from film school are welcome to attend the seminars for FREE and the screenings for $10. Single tickets are also available for industry cocktail parties ($25) the benefit gala ($60) and the awards ceremony ($30).
Visit the website at www.lafemme.org.