The Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, founded in 2008 as a non-profit volunteer-based organization, is holding its 11th festival from Oct. 23 to 27. With the main screenings held at Regal L.A. Live, alongside events in the Arts District and Pershing Square District, the festival will showcase more than 100 films with 37 features ranging from student short series to experimental short series.
The festival’s aim is to showcase films by underrepresented groups in Hollywood like women, people of color and the LGBTQ community.
“In a word, our festival is all about diversity,” said festival manager and Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism alumnus Greg Ptaceck. “We’re hoping that our audiences come away from their experiences at the film festival with a better understanding of other people, people who come from a different culture, ethnicity, class or gender preference.”
Among the featured films is “Lost Transmissions,” a film set in Los Angeles that touches on issues of mental health and homelessness in the area, and “Pioneers in Skirts,” a documentary about the challenges women face in their professional careers. The film will premiere on Oct. 26 at Regal LA Live at 12:45 pm followed by an Inclusion in Film panel.
“[‘Pioneers in Skirts’] follows my career as a director, but more importantly what women are dealing with in Hollywood,” said director and School of Cinematic Arts alumna Ashley Maria. “We speak to other filmmakers who are women and talk about what our common issues are.”