For all of you movie buffs seeking thrilling cinematic action and fresh new takes on film, there is some great news: The 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival (BAFF) has just announced its line up for the 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival!
The Bel-Air Film Festival, sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine, and now in its sixth year, will be held from October 7th-13th throughout the greater Los Angeles area. A range of venue locations will encompass the festival, including Hammer Museum, William Morris Endeavor Theater, UCLA James Bridges Theater, USC Ray Stark Family Theater, and Columbia College of Hollywood.
A total of 43 films are scheduled to be screened at this year's festival including 16 World Premiere Films, 3 West Coast Premiere Films, and 4 Los Angeles Premiere Films. This year’s festival will also offer free community events with complimentary screenings held at USC’s Ray Stark Theater and Columbia College of Hollywood.
Among other highlights at the Festival, a special Red Carpet GALA that will be held at the Hammer Museum on October 10th, screening the World Premiere Feature Film, Producer Sam, followed by an after party. Winning films will be announced in a private ceremony on October 13th.
Two film panels hosted by FilmBreak, Ripple News, and entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian are also scheduled to take place. A free panel on October 9th with Mitch Berman (CEO of Digital Zen Fund), at the USC Ray Stark Theater discussing digital media opportunities for the next generation. Topics include the changing media landscape, challenges for producers and distributors, monetizing an audience, and how students can prepare accordingly.
And on October 13th a panel will be held at the William Morris Endeavor Theater featuring a lineup of panelist; Rick Schirmer (Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers), Taylor McPartland (FilmBreak), and Mitch Berman (CEO Zen Digital Fund)to discuss Video On-Demand and market potential and opportunities in marketing, merchandising. Panelists will review the new tools available for content producers and financiers, how to overcome new challenges presented in the film industry, and what trends to watch for in the media.
Finalists selected in the Bel-Air Film Festival Documentary Film, Feature Film categories will be determined by Jury and Audience Vote. Short Film and Student Short Film will be voted upon by Audience Vote. Winning categories include Best Audience Short Film Award, Best Audience Student Short Film Award, Best Audience Feature Film Award, Best Audience Documentary Film Award, Best Jury Film Cinematography Award, Best Jury Documentary Directing Award. For a list of finalists, including feature film, short film and documentary film, please visit www.belairfilmfestival.com