Peroni Nastro Azzurro Is Premier Sponsor Of The 2016 LA Film Festival, Produced By Film Independent

Returning as the Festival's University Sponsor, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (SFTV) will sponsor the previously mentioned Future Filmmakers Showcase and Luncheon. Additionally, they will be sponsoring the Festival's Documentary Competition, the Women Behind the Lens: Spotlight on Cinematographers Panel, the annual Fast Track Finance Market and the Awards Reception. SFTV will also sponsor a special U.N. Screening, Conversation and Reception in partnership with the United Nations.

Ranked as one of the top 10 film schools in the U.S. by The Hollywood Reporter, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (SFTV) in Los Angeles offers undergraduate degrees in animation, production, screenwriting and recording arts; and graduate degrees in production, screenwriting, and writing and producing for television. SFTV and Film Independent are partnering for the third year on SFTV's Incubator Lab, a competitive one-year program that provides selected alumni with resources and tools to help them build their creative portfolio and transition into the industry. The 2016-2017 Incubator Lab cohort will be announced on June 4, 2016 at the LA Film Festival's Diversity Speaks. Get more information at or

On June 4 Diversity Speaks, sponsored by HBO and Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, supported by Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee | Lagralane Group and Latino Public Broadcasting and hosted by Blackhouse, will feature a full day of conversations with industry executives and filmmakers around diversity.

HBO and the Montana Film Office will sponsor the Filmmaker Reception on the Festival Lawn on Friday, June 3. Film L.A., Inc. will sponsor the Limelight screening of Lights Out on June 8.

The Los Angeles Athletic Club returns for the fifth year as the 2016 Official Host Hotel. 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.

The annual Coffee Talks, sponsored by Ovation will take place on June 5 at The Culver Hotel. The Directors panel is sponsored by Directors Guild of America, the Actors panel is sponsored by SAGindie, and the Screenwriters panel is sponsored by Writers Guild of America, West.

The LA Film Festival offers several free screenings, open to the public including Ghostbusters on June 3 and Independence Day on June 4. The two screenings, sponsored by Arts Brookfield, will be held at FIGat7th.

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield's premier office properties in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. More information and a schedule of events can be found at

Many participating organizations have joined the Festival to support international films and filmmakers in the Festival. These organizations include UCLA Latin American Institute and the University of Guadalajara Foundation.

CBS 2 and KCAL 9 once again serve as the Official Broadcast Television Partners. The largest local television duopoly in the country, CBS 2 and KCAL 9 provide Southern California with a combined nine-and-a-half hours of award-winning local news coverage on a daily basis. In addition, CBS 2 serves as the West Coast flagship of CBS, America's most-watched network; while KCAL 9 features the nation's first and only nightly three-hour primetime local newscast.

Media partners include Backstage, Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter Indiewire, KCRW 89.9FM, Los Angeles Confidential, Martin Outdoor Media, MovieMaker Magazine, OpenTable Tab, OUTFRONT Media, Para Todos, Time Out Los Angeles, Univision/KLVE, Variety, Variety 411, WireImage and TheWrap.

WireImage is the Official Photography Agency.

Online & Social Media: Find us on Facebook at and Twitter @LAFilmFestival. Official event hashtag: #LAFilmFestival.

The LA Film Festival is a key part of the exhibition arm of Film Independent, showcasing new American and international cinema that embraces diversity, innovation and unique perspectives. The Festival produces one-of-a-kind events featuring critically acclaimed filmmakers, industry professionals and award-winning talent from Los Angeles and around the world. The Festival's signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, Spirit of Independence Award, Coffee Talks, LA Muse and more. The Festival also screens short films created by high school students. Presenting Media Sponsor is the Los Angeles Times. Premier Sponsor is Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Principal Sponsor is Jaeger-LeCoultre. Platinum Sponsors are American Airlines, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., EFILM | Company 3 and HBO. The University Sponsor is Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency. More information can be found at

Film Independent is the nonprofit arts organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent's Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the LA Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent's Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent's signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit

ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington is a premiere moviegoing experience with an unparalleled commitment to bringing a variety of rich cinematic content to moviegoers in all markets. ArcLight Cinemas operates eight theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Culver City and La Jolla, as well as one theater in Bethesda, Md, Chicago and Glenview, Ill, with a new location in Boston for early 2018. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif. Additional information about ArcLight Cinemas is available at

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