As part of our continuing outreach efforts aimed at independent filmmakers, for the 19th consecutive year the DGA was a sponsor of Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF).
On June 14, the Guild hosted a luncheon for directors with films that were presented at LAFF. Director Patricia Cardoso (Meddling Mom, Lies in Plain Sight, Real Women Have Curves) explained how easy it is for independent filmmakers to work with the DGA and spoke about the advantages of working with an experienced directorial team to keep projects at ‑ or under ‑ budget.
On June 16, the annual DGA-sponsored LAFF Coffee Talk: Directors panel featured Director Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) who discussed the state of the industry, his career and how he moved from screenwriting into the director's chair, in a conversation moderated by film critic/Film Independent at LACMA Curator Elvis Mitchell.
From June 13-23, LAFF sought to connect the movie-loving public to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent in the heart of Los Angeles. Widely recognized as a world-class event, this year’s festival screened nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, representing more than 40 countries. LAFF also featured gala premieres, panels and seminars, short film programs, music video showcases, free outdoor screenings, live musical performances, and unique signature events.