Film festivals are traditionally bastions of independent film, celebrations of films that don’t always have a chance of getting into the forefront of the mainstream. However, with audience numbers on the decline, festivals across the country are being forced to find new ways to draw crowds. Tribeca used the fourth Shrek film to entice audiences, and no the Los Angeles Film Festival is doing the same. Only they are doing it with a film that has more than just mainstream interest, it has a rabid following.
According to today’s final line-up press release, LAFF will welcome the world premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the popular glittery vampire romance franchise. The only hitch is that the festival is that the premiere, scheduled for June 24 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, will be invitation-only. Meaning that all of the Twi-hards that plan on buying passes for LAFF and getting a 6-day advanced look at Robert Pattinson will be out of luck.
They will, however, be able to see Lisa Cholodenko’s wonderful comedy The Kids Are All Right, starring Julianne Moore, Annette Benning and Mark Ruffalo, which has been selected as the festival’s opening night film. They may also be able to get a seat for the festival’s closing night film, Universal Picture’s animated comedy Despicable Me, featuring the voice work of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and more.
Check out the full line-up below, and stay tuned to Film School Rejects for full coverage of the 2010 LA Film Festival, as we’ll have several writers there – all hoping to get into the Twilight premiere, naturally.
Opening Night Film:
- The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko (Focus Features)
Closing Night Film:
- Despicable Me, Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin (Universal Pictures) – WORLD PREMIERE
Bonus By Invitation Screening:
- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, David Slade (Summit Entertainment) – WORLD PREMIERE
Gala Screenings (5):
- Animal Kingdom, David Michod – Australia (Sony Pictures Classics)
- Cyrus, Jay & Mark Duplass (Fox Searchlight)
- Mahler on the Couch, Percy & Felix Adlon – WORLD PREMIERE
- Revolución, Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo García, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Piá, Carlos Reygadas & Patricia Riggen – Mexico – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Waiting for Superman, Davis Guggenheim (Paramount Vantage)
Narrative Competition (9): The Narrative Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Filmmaker Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.
- Dog Sweat, Hossein Keshavarz – Iran – WORLD PREMIERE
- A Family, Pernille Fischer Christensen – Denmark – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Hello Lonesome, Adam Reid – WORLD PREMIERE
- The New Year, Brett Haley
- Of Love and Other Demons, Hilda Hidalgo – Costa Rica/Colombia – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Orly, Angela Schanelec – Germany/France – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Parade, Isao Yukisada – Japan – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Upstate, Katherine Nolfi, Andrew Luis – WORLD PREMIERE
- The Wolf Knife, Laurel Nakadate – WORLD PREMIERE
Documentary Competition (9): The Documentary Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Documentary Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature.
- Camera, Camera, Malcolm Murray – WORLD PREMIERE
- Circo, Aaron Schock – USA/Mexico – WORLD PREMIERE
- One Lucky Elephant, Lisa Leeman – WORLD PREMIERE
- Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, Lev Anderson, Chris Metzler – WORLD PREMIERE
- Farewell, Ditteke Mensink – Netherlands – US PREMIERE
- Life with Murder, John Kastner – Canada – US PREMIERE
- Make Believe, J. Clay Tweel – WORLD PREMIERE
- Vlast, Cathryn Collins
- Where Are You Taking Me?, Kimi Takesue – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
International Showcase (20): The International Showcase highlights innovative independent narrative and documentary features from outside of the United States. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
- 1428, Du Hai-bin – China
- Army of Crime, Robert Guédiguian – France (Kino)
- Bibliotheque Pascal, Szabolcs Hajdu – Germany/Hungary/England – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Café Noir, Jung Sung-il – South Korea – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Disco & Atomic War, Jaak Kilmi, Kiur Aarma – Estonia/Finland
- Down Terrace, Ben Wheatley – England (Magnolia Pictures)
- Eastern Plays, Kamen Kalev – Bulgaria
- Eyes Wide Open, Haim Tabakman – Israel/Germany/France (New American Vision)
- Family Tree, Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau – France
- Golden Slumber, Yoshihiro Nakamura – Japan – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Judge, Liu Jie – China
- La Pivellina, Rainer Frimmel, Tizza Covi – Austria/Italy
- Lebanon, Samuel Maoz – Israel (Sony Pictures Classics)
- The Peddler, Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, Adriana Yurcovich – Argentina
- R, Tobias Lindholm, Michael Noer – Denmark
- The Red Chapel, Mads Brugger – Denmark
- Secrets of the Tribe, José Padilha – England/Brazil
- Space Tourists, Christian Frei – Switzerland
- Street Days, Levan Koguashvili – Georgia
- Woman on Fire Looks For Water, Woo Ming Jin – Malaysia/South Korea
Summer Screenings (12): The Summer Screenings section offers an advance look at this summer’s most talked about independent film releases from the festival circuit. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
- Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, Jacob Hatley
- Cane Toads: The Conquest, Mark Lewis – Australia/US
- Cold Weather, Aaron Katz
- Four Lions, Christopher Morris – England
- Kings of Pastry, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus (First Run Features)
- Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg
- Monsters, Gareth Edwards (Magnolia Pictures)
- Night Catches Us, Tanya Hamilton (Magnolia Pictures)
- The Tillman Story, Amir Bar-Lev (The Weinstein Company)
- Tiny Furniture, Lena Dunham (IFC Films)
- Welcome to the Rileys, Jake Scott (Apparition, Destination Films)
- White Material, Claire Denis – France (IFC Films)
Outdoor Screenings at the Ford Amphitheatre (4): These official Los Angeles Film Festival selections, sponsored by Brand X and American Airlines, are included as part of the 2010 Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season; a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
- Centurion, Neil Marshall – England (Magnolia Pictures)
- The Last Exorcism, Daniel Stamm (Lionsgate) – WORLD PREMIERE
- The People vs. George Lucas, Alexandre O. Philippe
- Thunder Soul, Mark Landsman
International Spotlight (4): A tribute to a forgotten giant of South American cinema, Argentina’s Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, sponsored by Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- The Fall (1959)
- The Hand in the Trap (1961)
- The House of the Angel (1957)
- The Seven Madmen (1973)
Selections from the Ambulante Film Festival (3): Sponsored by Hoy, and returning for a second year, Ambulante is a traveling documentary film festival produced by the non-profit organization Documental Ambulante A.C., in collaboration with Canana, Cinepolis, and the Morelia International Film Festival. It was created in 2005 by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz to promote documentary culture across Mexico. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature or Best Documentary Feature.
- One Day Less, Dariela Ludlow – Mexico – US PREMIERE
- Presumed Guilty, Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith – Mexico
- The Toledo Report, Albino Álvarez Gomez – Mexico
Community Screenings (4): These films will be presented free to the public. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.
- Climate Refugees, Michael P. Nash – Grand Performances Screening
- Gasland, Josh Fox
- Lost Angels, Thomas Napper – WORLD PREMEIRE
- A Small Act, Jennifer Arnold – Project:Involve Screening
The Beyond (4): The Beyond offers films that dare to be different. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
- All About Evil, Joshua Grannell
- Bitter Feast, Joe Maggio – WORLD PREMIERE
- Mandrill, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza – Chile
- Separado!, Gruff Rhys, Dylan Goch – Wales – US PREMIERE
Special Screenings (3):
- The Life of Richard Wagner (1913), Carl Froelich
- The Wheeler Boys, Philip G. Flores – WORLD PREMIERE – Netflix FIND Your Voice Winner