The Los Angeles Film Festival
Fest artistic director David Ansen on wooing Woody, paging Oscar and making room for TV.
Film festivals tend to take on the colors of their surroundings. The Cannes Film Festival celebrates auteurs, but against the backdrop of the Mediterranean, it can’t resist mixing in glitz and glamour. The New York Film Festival, on the intellectual Upper West Side, offers up a carefully curated selection of the highest-minded of cinema. But the Los Angeles Film Festival, headed by director Stephanie Allain, is all of the above and then some — especially since it moved two years ago to downtown Los Angeles (most of its programs take place in and around the L.A. Live complex). It’s at once an industry gathering and a film-fan hangout. It courts the city’s varied ethnic audiences. And this year, the fest, opening June 14, is even opening its doors to TV.
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