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A Quick Guide to the Los Angeles Film Festival

Jun 19, 2010 by Tom Jones

Is watching a new, independent movie from a brand new director or a tried and true one something you enjoy? How about a brand new music video.  And don’t forget about the huge burgeoning foreign cinema market, the increasing number of participating countries, and its array of films, categories, and their talent, 

If that’s the case, the world famous Los Angeles Film Festival which started on Thursday and runs until June 27th, is the place to be.

“For the past 16 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival has been a preeminent cinematic event, showcasing the world’s best independent features, including premieres of smash-hits The Devil Wears Prada and Sunshine.  The Festival connects the movie-loving public to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.”

The 2010 Festival will present 200 features, shorts, and music videos from more than 40 countries with venues located all over downtown Los Angeles.

First, you’ll want to know where to go. It might be a little confusing at first, but to try and help you navigate your way through the Film Festival, here’s the different venues where the films are being featured:

So now you know where to go, but what movies are showing and when?

The LA Film Festival has a great link which includes the various show times and locations, plus a nice search feature. With over 200 films, you want to be able to know what you need to know without undue hassle. That’s why the Los Angeles Film Festival search feature is so great. You can search by director, film title, or by country, and of course by venue and genre.

But, can you get a ticket?

Now, you know the locations and can find the films you want to see, but you need a ticket. For that, you have four choices:

On the Web: www.lafilmfest.com

By phone: 866-FILMFEST (345-6337)

Hours of Operation: June 1-June 27:  Daily, 10:00am to 8:00pm

Web and phone orders are subject to a $3.00 handling charge per order.

In Person: The Coca-Cola Ticket Center will open for in-person sales June 14.  The Coca-Cola Ticket Center is located on the Event Deck @ L.A. LIVE, 1005 Chick Hearn Court (@ Olympic Blvd). The Event Deck is located on top of the west parking garage, just south of Regal Cinemas.

Hours of Operation: June 14-June 26: Daily, 10:00 am-9:00 pm

At the Door: Tickets can also be purchased at the screening venue beginning one hour prior to the scheduled screening time.  Subject to availability—check the LAFilmfest website for up-to-date information regarding specific screenings. Oh, and a few of the venues accept cash only, so click here to find out the payment methods.

So if you want to purchase a season pass, or only want to view certain films, and know where they are and how to purchase your tickets, the Los Angeles Film Festival is complete in its ability to service your needs.

But what to do after you’ve watched the movies?

Quite a few of the local restaurants, lounges, and clubs are offering special discounts for the film festival attendees. If you’d like to take advantage of them, here’s the link: Eat & Drink

Here’s to making the Los Angeles Film Festival 2010 the best ever!

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