steve tisch

Los Angeles’ film festival of emerging talent, Dances With Films, has announced this year’s lineup.

The 11-day festival will celebrate more than 100 independent films, all competing under the same motto: “Love Your Journey.” And, for the first time, DWF’s competition feature Audience Award winner will love his or her journey even more with the prize of a L.A. theatrical distribution commitment of one week at the Arena Cinema.

Other prizes include a VOD distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures for the Grand Jury Award winner. The short Grand Jury Award and Audience Award winners will both receive Academy Qualifying theatrical runs from Laemmle Theaters.

New to the festival will be producer, chairman and exec VP of the New York Giants Steve Tisch, (pictured) who will serve on the advisory board.

Dances With Films takes place at Chinese Theatres May 29 to June 8.

Here is a list of the categories and some of the films:

Competition Features

POPOVICH AND THE VOICE OF THE FABLED AMERICAN WEST – WRITER/DIR: Mike & Jerry Thompson; PRODS: Gregory Popovich, May May Luong, Todd Hailstone

THE SUICIDE THEORY – DIRECTOR: Dru Brown; WRITER: Michael J Kospiah; PRODS: Dru Brown, Christian McCarty, Jake McCarty

TARGETING – DIRECTOR: Tarique Qayumi; WRITER: Joey Patterson, Alan de la Rosa & Tarique Qayumi; PRODS: Alan de la Rosa, Carlos Osorio, Tarique Qayumi

THE WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE – WRITER/Dir: Jonathan Smith; PRODS: Jonathan Smith, Nicole Day, Amy Vorpahl, Bernie Stern

Fusion Features

GONE DOGGIE GONE – WRITER/DIR: Kasi Brown & Brandon Walter; PRODS: Rebecca Hu and Adriane Zaudke

INK & STEEL – DIRECTORS: Jonathan Ehlers & Patrick Ward-Perkins; WRITER: Jonathan Ehlers, Patrick Ward-Perkins, Jason Radspiner; PRODS: Jonathan Ehlers, Patrick Ward-Perkins, Jason Radspinner

LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS – DIRECTOR: Matt Jackson; WRITER: Mike Skvarla
PRODS: Andy Gunn

Competition Shorts

MEET MY RAPIST – WRITER/DIR: Jessie Kahnweiler; PRODS: Jessie Kahnweiler, Jacob Gilbert, Ryan Lacen

MISS MIAO – WRITER/DIR: Kayla Morrisey; PRODS: Kayla Morrisey, Breeda Wool, Celeste Den, Joe LaRue, Derrick Sims

NO LOVE LOST – DIRECTOR: Shekhar Bassi; WRITER: Shekhar Bassi & Shalinder Bassi;PRODS: Shekhar Bassi & Shalinder Bassi, Gemma Lloyd, Helen Silver

ROCKETSHIP – WRITER/DIR: Alfred Thomas Catalfo; PRODS: Glenn Gardner, Alfred Thomas Catalfo, Peter Giagni

Fusion Shorts

IT REMAINS – DIRECTOR: Andrew Morgan; WRITERS: Chrissie Fit, Cyrina Fiallo, Kent Boyd, Rose Marziale; PRODS: Kent Boyd, Rose Marziale, Michael Ross

THE KID – WRITER/DIR: Sean Brosnan; PRODS: Sanja Banic

THE LOOKING PLANET – WRITER/DIR: Eric Law Anderson; PRODS: Eric Law Anderson, Anne M. Uemura

MALORY & NICOLE – DIRECTOR: Adam Ward and Ronald Quigley; WRITER: Ronald Quigley; PRODS: Mete Sozer, Coco Cook, Edward Plumb

MEET ANNA – DIRECTOR: Robert L. Goodman; WRITER: Joel Perry; PRODS: Robert L. Goodman

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