LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced its sponsors for the 2014 Festival. The Los Angeles Film Festival will run from Wednesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 19 in downtown Los Angeles. Joining the Festival as Principal Sponsors are Relativity and Subaru. Jaeger-LeCoultre joins the Festival for the first time as a Platinum Sponsor. Returning Platinum Sponsors include HBO®, Stella Artois, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc. and EFILM. Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television returns as the University Sponsor.
Festival Supporter level sponsors include Classic Party Rentals, Directors Guild of America, The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Renwood Winery, SmartSource Rentals, Tanqueray and Z Gallerie.
Festival Affiliate level sponsors include ASCAP, ATK Audio Tek, BMI, The Coca-Cola Company, FilmL.A., Inc., Kinetic Lighting, Kona Company, Konsonant Music, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, MelroseMAC, Montana Film Office, Panavision, SAGindie, Sister Cities Los Angeles, SNAPSOUND, Vimeo and Writers Guild of America West.
Alfred P. Sloan and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are Festival Grantors.
For the ninth year, the Los Angeles Times will serve as the Festival's Presenting Media Sponsor and will produce the Official Festival Guide, the comprehensive source for all movie info, screenings, locations and related special events. The Film Guide topped the paper on Sunday, June 8 in Los Angeles and Orange County, and will be made available throughout downtown Los Angeles during the Festival.
Through a wide-ranging partnership with AEG, a majority of the screenings will take place at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14. Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 is a state-of-the-art theatre with digital projection in all 14 auditoriums. The Premiere House at L.A. LIVE is a premium environment which seats 800 guests and features a 70-foot-wide screen.
Principal Sponsor, Relativity will hold the world premiere of their film Earth to Echo at the Festival on June 14. Relativity Education will sponsor the Future Filmmakers Showcase and will co-sponsor the Future Filmmakers Luncheon with Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television. The Luncheon is an annual event honoring the talented high school students who have films in the Future Filmmaker Showcase at the Festival and will feature composer Emilio Kauderer as the keynote speaker. The Future Filmmaker Program will take place on June 14.
Relativity (relativitymedia.com) is a next-generation global media company engaged in multiple aspects of content production and distribution, including movies, television, fashion, sports, digital and music. More than just a collection of entertainment-related businesses, Relativity is a content engine with the ability to leverage each of these business units, independently and together, to create content across all mediums, giving hundreds of millions of users worldwide what they want, when they want it. Relativity Studios, the company's largest division, has produced, distributed or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures, generating more than $17 billion in worldwide box-office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations. Relativity's films include Oculus, Safe Haven, Act of Valor, Immortals, Limitless, and The Fighter. Upcoming releases include Earth to Echo and author Nicholas Sparks' The Best of Me.
Subaru joins the Festival as the Official Automotive and as a Principal Sponsor. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to interact with new Subaru vehicles in the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE as well as in the Festival Ticketing Center. Subaru is also co-sponsoring the Gala screening of Dear White People on June 18. Subaru is committed to supporting education, the environment, diversity, and the arts. With their sponsorship of the Los Angeles Film Festival, they hope that its participants are able to affect audiences positively through their works and that their efforts make a lasting impression not only on screen, but also in the minds of future participants.
HBO returns as a Platinum Sponsor, supporting the Festival Short Film Competition, Filmmaker Reception and Fiesta Latina. Fiesta Latina is co-sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting and Univision.
Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world's most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 127 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products, HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand® as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 70 countries. HBO and Cinemax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.
Jaeger-LeCoultre joins the Los Angeles Film Festival for the first time as a Platinum Sponsor. As a sponsor of the Filmmaker Retreat, Jaeger-LeCoultre will host a Timepiece Presentation for the Festival Filmmakers in Palm Springs on June 10. On June 14, Jaeger-LeCoultre will co-host the Women Who Call the Shots: A Celebration of Women Directors and Showrunners Panel with MelroseMAC. Jaeger-LeCoultre will host the Women Who Call the Shots Brunch, at which time they will present the Festival Guest Director, Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are Alright, Laurel Canyon, High Art) with the "Glory to the Filmmaker" Award for the first time at the Festival.
Recently celebrating its 180th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre has remained dedicated to the legacy of watchmaking traditions while maintaining its expertise for invention in creating authentic fine watchmaking legends, committed to a constant quest for excellence and supported by a unique inventive spirit. Jaeger-LeCoultre has a longstanding commitment in supporting the appreciation and preservation of film. For close to a decade, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been closely associated with the best artistic film festivals around the world and in turn pays tribute to the creative ingenuity of filmmakers by annually awarding the Glory to the Filmmaker Award. Further establishing its support of the film community and its new generation of filmmakers, Jaeger-LeCoultre has partnered with the Film Society of Lincoln Center on 'The Filmmaker in Residence' Program. Through the close affinity with the world of film, Jaeger-LeCoultre has found shared values and a common mission: each second bears the imprint of a moment of eternity.
Stella Artois is proud to be the official beer sponsor of the Los Angeles Film Festival. Festival attendees will enjoy Stella Artois Cidre in the Cidre Lounge on the Festival Deck from June 11 – June 14. Stella Artois is a longtime supporter of independent film and film festivals across the country and around the world. This year, Festival attendees, 21 and older, will have the opportunity to enjoy a Stella Artois. Stella Artois is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the number one Belgian beer in the world and is present in more than 80 countries. Stella Artois is best enjoyed served in its signature Chalice, which, together with the 9-Step Pouring Ritual, provides the best possible drinking experience. Perfectly poured and presented, Stella Artois is crisp, clean and full-flavored. Visit www.stellaartois.com for more information.
EFILM brings its vast expertise in post-production to Film Independent through the company's involvement as a sponsor of the Filmmakers' Retreat and the Los Angeles Film Festival. EFILM operates the most advanced digital laboratory in the world and has pioneered numerous breakthroughs in digital imaging for motion pictures. Services include Digital Intermediate, CinemaScan and On- Location Dailies, Trailers, VFX Scanning, and Remote Timing Services. EFILM's recent and upcoming Digital Intermediate titles include: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Pts. 1 & 2, American Hustle, Divergent, Cesar Chavez, Snowpiercer, Dear White People, Maleficent, Libertador, Fury, Child 44, Unbroken, Prisoners and Wolf of Wall Street.
In addition to sponsoring the Filmmaker Retreat, Platinum SponsorDolby Laboratories, Inc., will host Dolby's The Sound of Your Story, taking place on June 15, featuring a case study of Festival film Comet and talk with writer/director Sam Esmail, producer Farnaz Fahid and sound designer Steven Iba. The panel will reveal the power of sound, taking us through the process of designing and creating the exquisite soundtrack for the film. The case study will be moderated by Glenn Kiser of the Dolby Institute. Dolby Laboratories is the global leader in technologies that are essential elements in the best entertainment experiences. Best known for high-quality audio and surround in environments from the cinema to the living room to mobile devices, Dolby creates innovations that enrich entertainment at the movies, at home, or on the go. For more information about Dolby Laboratories Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. returns to the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival as a Platinum Sponsor. In partnership with Film Independent, Canon is pleased to announce the reinstatement of the quarterly Canon Filmmaker Award Program, which offers a Cinema EOS camera package to selected Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Spirit Awards nominees and winners to create their next film. Over the past two years, the Canon Filmmaker Award Program has supported projects including Josef Wladyka's award-winning Manos Sucias and the forthcoming Duplass Brothers-produced Manson Family Vacation, among others in various stages of production, and will continue to do so through 2015. At this year's Festival, Canon will host a rooftop barbecue for cinematographers where guests will be invited to experience the Cinema EOS line through an interactive touch-and-try experience. For more information about Canon Cinema EOS, visit http://cinemaeos.usa.canon.com/
Returning as the Festival's University Sponsor, Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television will sponsor the previously mentioned Future Filmmakers Luncheon and Dear White People Gala. Additionally, they will be sponsoring the Festival's Documentary Section and will also sponsor a special presentation of the documentary competition film Out in the Night. This screening will serve as the launch to the UN Free & Equal Global Film Series and will include a conversation with the filmmakers and UN representatives to discuss issues around human rights and the power of film to combat violence and discrimination.
Ranked as one of the top 10 film schools in the U.S. by The Hollywood Reporter, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (SFTV) in Los Angeles offers undergraduate degrees in animation, production, screenwriting and recording arts; and graduate degrees in production, screenwriting, and writing and producing for television. SFTV and Film Independent are partnering for the second year on SFTV's Incubator Lab, a one-year program that provides selected alumni with resources and tools to help them build their creative portfolio and transition into the industry. The 2014-2015 Incubator Lab cohort will be announced on June 18, 2014 at the Los Angeles Film Festival's Dear White People gala reception. Get more information at sftv.lmu.edu or facebook.com/lmusftv.
Huge fans of the film industry and the many talented people who work to bring their craft to the public, Renwood Winery is excited to be the Official Wine Sponsor of the Los Angeles Film Festival. As a winemaker, Renwood Winery understands the importance of artistry and entertainment. Join Renwood for the Renwood Happy Hour in the Festival Lounge on June 12 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, to meet winemaker Joe Shebl and sample Renwood's portfolio of wine.
Surrounded by the rolling hills and streams in California's Amador County, Renwood Winery is a Zinfandel specialist. Winemaker Joe Shebl creates opulent wines including Grandpere, Premier Old Vine, Clarion, and Fiddletown. The winery's Shenandoah Valley Tasting Room is ideal for relaxing and enjoying a cheese and wine pairing. www.renwood.com
HBO and the Montana Film Office will sponsor the Filmmaker Reception on the Target Terrace hosted by producer and writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) on Friday, June 13. FilmL.A., Inc. will sponsor the LA Muse screening of Trouble Dolls on June 13. On June 15, JuntoBox Films will sponsor the Fellows Reception. Tanqueray London Dry Gin is the Official Gin provider for the Opening and Closing Night Receptions.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club returns for the fourth year as the 2014 Official Host Hotel. With a multi-million dollar hotel renovation, the new Hotel at The Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) has unveiled 72 renovated urban chic hotel rooms with nine distinctively themed suites.
The Festival's series of three Master Classes is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Annual Coffee Talks will take place on June 15 at the Luxe City Center Hotel and are sponsored by BMI, Directors Guild of America, SAGindie, and Writers Guild of America, West.
On June 14 Diversity Speaks, hosted by Blackhouse Foundation and supported by Yvonne Huff and Jason Delane, will feature a full day of conversations with industry executives and filmmakers around diversity.
Fox Audience Strategy continues their support of the Festival by sponsoring the inaugural year of a new section, LA Muse, which focuses on the city of Los Angeles as an inspiration for filmmakers and artists. Fox Audience Strategy also supports the winner of the Funny or Die: Make 'em LAFF showcase, which includes a mix of comedy videos and stand-up performances from comedians such as Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Portlandia) and Jerrod Carmichael (Lucas Bros Moving Co), with additional performers to be announced. The winner of the Funny or Die: Make 'em LAFF competition will have their next video produced by Funny or Die and receive a talent hold deal with a cash grant presented by Fox Audience Strategy.
Beam Suntory is proud to provide Knob Creek® Bourbon, Hornitos® Tequila, EFFEN® Vodka and Cruzan® Rum throughout the Los Angeles Film Festival. As the world's #3 premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World and has a dynamic portfolio with unparalleled expertise in whisky, led by Bourbon and Japanese Whisky, and global strength across many key categories including tequila, vodka, cognac, rum and cordials. What sets Beam Suntory apart is more than spirits — it is heritage and legacy that dates back centuries. Please come by the Festival and join us for a cocktail. Cheers!
The Los Angeles Film Festival offers several free community screenings, open to the public. On June 13th a Dance-A-Long screening of La Bamba will be produced in cooperation with Dance Camera West and Metro. The event is sponsored by FICG in LA (Guadalajara Film Festival in Los Angeles) and Univision. The Los Angeles Film Festival will also present two free community screenings of I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Pinney Story on June 13th and Sherlock Jr. on June 14th. The Sherlock Jr screening will be accompanied live by the French garage rockers Magnetix, who have composed an original score just for this outdoor screening at California Plaza. This event is part of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles-Bordeaux Sister Cities program.
Many partner organizations have joined the Festival to support international films and filmmakers in the Festival by providing travel funds. These partners include Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, UCLA Latin American Institute, Consulate General of Switzerland (Presence Switzerland) and University of Guadalajara Foundation – USA.
CBS 2 and KCAL 9 once again serve as the Official Broadcast Television Partners. The largest local television duopoly in the country, CBS 2 and KCAL 9 provide Southern California with a combined 11-and-a-half hours of award-winning local news coverage on a daily basis. In addition, CBS 2 serves as the West Coast flagship of CBS, America's most-watched network; while KCAL 9 features the nation's first and only nightly three-hour primetime local newscast.
Promotional Partner Clear Channel has brought its portfolio of commercial radio stations, including 102.7 KIIS FM, KOST 103.5 FM, 104.3 MYfm, HOT 92.3, and Alt 98.7 FM together to promote the Festival on air and online. Other promotional partners include American Cinematographer Magazine, Bright Ideas, CBS Outdoor, Deadline Hollywood, Downtown Center Business Improvement District, ForYourArt, IMDbPro, Indiewire, KCRW 89.9FM, KPFK 90.7FM, Laugh Factory, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, Martin Outdoor Media, Metro, Para Todos, PR Newswire, The Hollywood Reporter, Unimas 46, Univision 34, Variety, Variety 411, WireImage and Yelp.
WireImage is the Official Photography Agency and PR Newswire (www.PRNewswire.com), is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.
SOURCE Film Independent