Virgin America Is Premier Sponsor Of 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, Presented By Film Independent

Kodak, Stella Artois, Melrose MAC, Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and EFILM, HBO®, Volkswagen of America, Canon U.S.A., Nokia and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. are Platinum Sponsors

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — �Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent and Host Venue Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 announced its sponsors for the 2012 Festival. The Los Angeles Film Festival will run from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles. The Presenting Media Sponsor is the Los Angeles Times, Premier and Opening Night Sponsor Virgin America and Platinum sponsors Kodak, Stella Artois, Melrose MAC, Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and EFILM, HBO, Volkswagen of America, Canon U.S.A., Nokia and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Special support is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and FOCUS FORWARD – a partnership between GE and CINELAN. The Official Screening Venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. Stella Artois is the official beer, Jameson® Irish Whiskey is the official spirit, vitaminwater is the official water and E&J Gallo Winery is the official wine purveyor. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel and Virgin America is the Official Airline Partner. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.

Now in its eighteenth year, the Festival is recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. As previously announced, the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, music events and more.  

Passes and tickets are currently on sale to Film Independent members and the general public. In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the Filmmaker Lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit

The Los Angeles Times, continuing its commitment to and support of all aspects of entertainment, returns for its fifth year as the Los Angeles Film Festival's presenting media sponsor and will once again produce the official Festival Film Guide, the comprehensive source for all movie info, screenings, locations and related special events. The Guide will be available throughout the Festival Village 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 Regal Premiere House at L.A. LIVE is a premium environment which seats 800 guests and features a 70-foot-wide screen.  Regal Entertainment Group is the largest motion picture exhibitor in the United States. The Company's theatre circuit, comprising Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres, operates 6,739 screens in 545 locations in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Regal operates theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. In the Los Angeles market Regal Entertainment Group operates 50 theatres with 629 screens. 

As the only California-based airline and with an unrivaled in-flight entertainment film and content library, Virgin America has become the airline of choice for film lovers across North America. Virgin America will help this year's festival goers arrive entertained and in style as the official airline.  Virgin America offers beautifully designed mood–lit cabins, standard power outlets near every seat and Red™ — the largest and most advanced personal touch–screen entertainment platform in the skies. For more on Virgin America, visit:  This year, Virgin America - in partnership with Virgin Produced (the entertainment arm of the Virgin Group), Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia, teamed up to create an independent short film, Departure Date, shot in 20 hours, across three continents and on three commercial flights on all three airlines while at 35,000 feet – a first for a short film. An exclusive screening of the film at Regal Cinemas at L.A. LIVE served as the official kick-off for Film Independent's 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. To view the trailer go to

Platinum Sponsor Kodak returns with its signature program at the Festival, Kodak Focus. This year's Kodak Focus will be an intimate conversation with Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (ASC, BSC), who will showcase scenes from three of his films—Insomnia, Laurel Canyon and Inception. Audiences will gain insight into Pfister's artistic and technical choices for creating award winning cinematography.

Stella Artois returns as the Official Beer Sponsor of the Los Angeles Film Festival. Proud to support the spirit of independent film, Stella Artois is involved in a variety of film industry programming and has a longstanding commitment to those who entertain audiences around the world.

Building on the excitement of last year's sponsorship, Volkswagen of America will return as the LA Film Festival's official automotive partner in 2012 with two of the brand's most exciting products, the fuel efficient Passat TDI® Clean Diesel and iconic Beetle. The 2012 Passat – engineered in Germany, born in the U.S.A – continues to receive praise with sales of VW's flagship sedan continuing to grow. Named the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the Passat has a starting price of $20,590 and comes equipped with a long list of premium features, best-in-class rear legroom, and uncompromising performance. The Passat TDI® Clean Diesel features class-leading EPA estimated 43 miles-per-gallon on the highway and nearly 800 miles of driving range on a single tank of fuel. The 2012 Beetle offers a modern interpretation of the classic design with no-compromise German engineering and a sporty new attitude. With a starting price of $19,795, the Beetle continues to resonate with consumers and features three well-equipped trims including a new TDI® Clean Diesel model capable of up to an EPA estimated 39 miles-per-gallon on the highway.  For more information about the entire Volkswagen line up, or to find your local dealer, please visit

Nokia and its amazing new Lumia family are excited to join the 2012 L.A. Film Festival. The Nokia Lumia devices will be featured in the Filmmaker Lounge from June 15th through the 23rd, guests will have a chance to win a new device by playing movie trivia and checking-in to Nokia LAFF in the Filmmaker Lounge on Foursquare.  Stop by for more details and, check-out the Nokia Lumia 710 and 900 here -

Jameson® Irish Whiskey is delighted to be part of the 2012 LA Film Festival as a Platinum Sponsor. During the Festival, a selection of Jameson drinks will be served at Festival events and in the Filmmaker Lounge. Located at the Festival Village on the Event Deck at 1005 Chick Hearn Court, the Lounge will be the center of activity for Festival events and parties, and will serve as the Festival's official hospitality area. The Filmmaker Lounge is open to pass holders from 3:00 pm to 12:00 am, June 15June 23, with a hosted bar from 6:00 pm nightly. For tasty cocktail recipes and more information, visit

The Los Angeles Athletic Club is pleased to partner with the Los Angeles Film Festival, for the second year in a row, as the 2012 Official Host Hotel! When the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club first opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles in 1880, it set the standard for a private membership club and athletic facility. Today, 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. Each room features custom-made furnishings, luxurious bedding, Roman shades, flat screen televisions, wireless internet and original art from the club's historical vault. A stay at the historic hotel provides the ultimate amenity; an 80,000 square foot fitness facility including spa, business center and dining in the club's restaurants. The LAAC now offers a short-term Olive Club Membership—a new rewards program granting guests access to the hotel, banquet facilities and 80,000 square-foot fitness facilities.

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