LAFF 2017

DGA Reaches out to Independent Directors at 2017 LA Film Festival

June 16, 2017

From June 14-22, the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) showcased new American and international cinema that embraces diversity, innovation and unique perspectives, and provided the movie-loving public with events featuring critically acclaimed filmmakers and film industry professionals.  LAFF is a key part of the exhibition arm of Film Independent, a non-profit arts organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling and supports a community of artists. As part of our continuing outreach efforts aimed at independent filmmakers, for the 23rd consecutive year the DGA was a sponsor of the festival.

On June 16, the Guild hosted a luncheon for directors with films presented at LAFF. Speaking on behalf of the DGA, Director Lucia Aniello (Rough Night) explained how easy it is for filmmakers to work with the Guild. Also attending the luncheon was DGA Director-member Colin Trevorrow who helmed the festival’s opening night film, The Book of Henry.

On June 18, the DGA also sponsored one of the festival’s most popular events, the annual LAFF Coffee Talk: Directors panel. Held at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, this year’s panelists were Directors Zal Batmanglij (The OA) and Justin Simien (Dear White People) who engaged in a conversation about their craft and the state of the industry. The panel was moderated by Director Andrew Ahn (Spa Night).

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LAFF Luncheon photos by Elisa Haber; Coffeetalk photos by Alberto E. Rodriguez courtesy of WireImage and Film Independent

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