The upcoming Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is looking to promote minority performers.
“We tend to lean toward films that have a multi-cultural theme, cast, crew,” Greg Ptacek, the festival’s co-director, told Backstage. “We’re an urban film festival.”
The curtain goes up July 9 with the L.A. premiere of director Giovanni Zelko’s “The Algerian,” an international thriller shot both on location in Middle East and downtown L.A.
The festival, which is held at venues throughout downtown, will screen about 100 films—three quarters of which are shorts of music videos.
“Independent filmmakers used to, as their calling cards, make short films—and they still do, which is why we have four programs of short films—but increasingly a lot of them are making music videos,” Ptacek said. “We’re delighted to be the Los Angeles premiere platform for new videos by Sean Lennon and his band, by The Grammarians, by Pretty Little Demons, Evelyn Evelyn, and a variety of other groups.”
One change on the festival’s horizon: It could start screening TV pilots.
“For the first time this year, Fox [and] Participant Media were
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