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There are no summer holidays for film festivals goers in the Los Angeles area. In July, the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard hosts the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, a ten-day event serving as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion and distribution of Latin films in the US.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents a month of outdoor screenings of films that reflect the urban vibe of Downtown Pasadena. In August, one can choose between Docuweek, the annual showcase of the year’s most promising documentary and the most hollywoodian of all festivals, the Feel Good Film Festival devoted to films that have happy endings, make audiences laugh and highlight the beauty of the world.

September starts with Cinecon, a 5-day celebration of movies, specializing in rare, unusual and unjustly forgotten movies from the silent and early sound era, followed by newly born Downtown LA Film Festival and by the socially and environmentally conscious Burbank Film Festival. Asian American filmmakers pay homage to their ethnic backgrounds in the framework of Singafest Asian film Festival and independent cinema gathers in Huntington Beach, home of surfing, for the SOCAL Independent Film Festival. The month closes with a firework of festivals celebrating Polish, Irish cinema in their respective festivals and films written, directed, or produced by women at LaFemme Film Festival.

Do not even think of getting out of a theatre in October as you will have to attend BelAir Film Festival, Screamfest LA (horror movies), Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Black Film Festival. November opens up with the Los Angeles Children’s International Film Festival followed by the All Sports Film Festival focused on movies about all kinds of sports and competitions. Then, the very interesting Red Nations Film Festival which showcases the work of American Indian filmmakers and break stereotypes of American Indians in film and the oldest festival in town, the AFI FEST of the American Film Institute.

November is also the time of one of the world most important event for the Cinema Industry as in Santa Monica takes place the AFM (American Film Market), the premiere global marketplace for motion picture production and distribution, the largest gathering of film industry professionals in North America. It is very simple, the AFM is where business gets done. Hundreds of millions of dollars in production and distribution deals are sealed every year on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production. And while you are there, what about a couple of screenings at the Santa Monica Film Festival?

For those who had not had enough, the year closes with a very special festival organized by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, the My Hero Film Festival which celebrates the best of humanity through short films from around the world, including categories from elementary school to professional. And soon will be Oscar fever again…

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