11th annual DTLA Film Festival Sponsored By L.A. STYLE Magazine

The 11th annual DTLA Film Festival has completed its week of festivities. In over a decade of its excellence, the DTLA Film Festival has highlighted over 1,000 films. October 23rd -27th brought together groundbreaking indie films and unparalleled talent. The official event media sponsors were L.A. STYLE Magazine and LA Weekly.

Jenna Suru, producer explains, “I enjoyed the diversity of the film selections and quality of event and panels… as start, the opening with Tara Wood’s ‘QT8: Quentin Tarantino The First Eight’ was absolutely brilliant.” Suru represents women in film and entertainment as she is the only writer-director and lead actress in ‘Golden Age’ which debuted under her company Belle Epoque Films.

Select winners include PUSHOUT: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK GIRLS IN SCHOOLS, directed by Jacoba Atlas for the Audience Favorite Award; AMERICAN WOMAN for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress; QT8: THE FIRST EIGHT for Best Director and Best Documentary and a Special Remembrance Award for Robert Forster; JOSIE & JACK picked up Best Screenplay and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for William Fichtner; and Hong Chau has won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in AMERICAN WOMAN.

Earlier this evening, the first-ever Zeiss Cinematography Awards were presented to AMERICAN WOMAN for best feature (Gregory Middleton) and ME TAMBIEN (Jorel O’Dell) for best short with cash prizes of $1,500 and $500, respectively.

In the shorts series, thirteen filmmakers were honored with awards including the TV pilot “Neurotica,” which was directed by Laura Moss, and stars Karen Gillan, Jillian Bell, Jon Bass and David Dastmalchian.

Learn more here.

Established in 2008, the festival has screened more 1,000 films, held more 200 events and partnered with more than 75 other profit and nonprofit business in DTLA. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its neighborhoods, its burgeoning independent film community, its singular blend of late 19th and 20th century architecture, and the seminal role it played in the early days of American cinema (epitomized by the world’s largest group of vintage movie palaces located in the Broadway Theater District).
Set against this dramatic backdrop, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California and beyond


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