‘Cooler,’ ‘Camp’ bookend LAFF

Fest boasts 206 entries chosen from over 2,000 submissions

See lineupThe ninth annual IFP Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) bows June 11 with a screening of Lions Gate pic “The Cooler” and wraps its 10-day run June 21 with an unspooling of IFC’s “Camp,” directed by Todd Graff.

Fest will boast 206 entries chosen from more than 2,000 submissions this year, up more than 34% from last year’s 153 selections.

Forty-one of the 206 projects will compete for kudos in three major categories: narrative (12), docus (13) and foreign-lingo (16). Winners in the narrative and docu category will receive Target-sponsored cash prizes of $50,000 and $25,000, respectively. The foreign-lingo pic will receive the audience award.

LAFF will spotlight Chinese cinema this year, unspooling five Chinese pics. In all, 32 countries will be repped in the competish.

Also preeming at the fest will be George Hickenlooper’s documentary “Mayor of the Sunset Strip.”

“We have a core of excellent films that appeal to a wide range of tastes,” said IFP/LA executive director Dawn Hudson. “We’re excited not only by the opportunity to offer audiences the prospect of discovering these films, but also with the chance to have fun at events ranging from outdoor screenings to informative conversations with filmmakers and actors. We hope that the festival will be rejuvenating and inspiring to anyone who likes to go to movies.”

The festival’s guest director, panels and jurors will be announced soon.

Narrative Competition Section

“Bomb the System” Adam Bhala Lough
“Coney Island Baby” Amy Hobby
“Crude” Paxton Winters
“Funny Ha Ha” Andrew Bujalski
“Jesus Freak” Morgan Nichols
“K” Shoja Azari
“Last Man Running” Damon Santostefano
“Particles of Truth” Jennifer Elster
“Piggie”Alison Bagnall
“Salt” Bradly Rust Gray
“Speeder Kills” Jim Mendiola
“Virgin” Deborah Kampmeier

Documentary Competition Section

“Be Good, Smile Pretty” Tracy Droz Tragos
“Beyond the Sea” Lisandro Perez-Rey
“A Fine State This Is” Jessica Chandler
“Flag Wars” Linda Goode Bryant
“The Flute Player”Jocelyn Glatzer
“Iran Is My Home” Fariborz David Diaan
“The Lost Boys of Sudan” Jon Shenk, Megan Mylan
“My Life with Count Dracula” Dustin Lance Black
“Queen of the Gypsies” Jocelyn Ajami
“Refugee” Spencer Nakasako
“Sumo East and West” Ferne Pearlstein
“Sunset Story” Laura Gabert
“Whole” Melody Gilbert

International Cinema Section

“Abouna” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
“Baghdad On/Off” Saad Salman
“Cold As Summer” (“Froid comme l’été”) Jacques Maillot
“Doing Time” (“Keimusho No Naka”) Sai Yoichi
“Eliana, Eliana” Riri Riza
“Frescoes” (“Freski”) Alexander Gutman
“Gabriel Orozco” Juan Carlos Martín
“The Game of Their Lives” Daniel Gordon
“Hukkle” György Palfi
“Kiki & Tiger” Alain Gsponer
“Resistencia: Hip Hop in Colombia” Tom Feiling
“Some Secrets” (“Vylet”) Alice Nellis
“Southeast” (“Sudeste”) Sergio Bellotti
“State of the Nation” (“Zur Lage”) Barbara Albert, Michael Glawogger, Ulrich Seidl, Michael Sturminger
“Teesh and Trude” Melanie Rodriga
“You’ll Be Back” (“Volveras”) Antonio Chavarrías

Spotlight on China

“Cala, My Dog!” (“Ka la shi tiao gou”) Lu Xuechang
“Cry Woman” (“Ku Qi de Nu Ren”) Liu Bingjian
“My Camera Doesn’t Lie” (“Wo de shi ying ji bu sa huan”) Solveig Klassen and Katharina Schneider-Roos
“Unknown Pleasures” (“Ren Xiaoyao”) Jia Zhang-Ke
“West of the Tracks” (“The Xi Qu”) Wang Bing

High School Showcase

Screenings occur throughout the festival.

Music Video Series

“Eclectic Mix”
“Fight Test: The Videos of the Flaming Lips”
“Hella Good: Videos by Mark Romanek”

Short Film Programs

The festival will screen more than sixty short films this year. Many are shown before features, while others will be shown as part of five short film programs.

Event Screenings

“Hollywood Shuffle” Robert Townsend
“The Grey Automobile” Claudio Valdés Kuri
“The Great Nickelodeon Show”
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

Special Screenings

“28 Days Later” Danny Boyle
“Buffalo Soldiers” Gregor Jordan
“Cabin Fever”Eli Roth
“Friday Night” (“Vendredi Soir”) Claire Denis
“Magdalene Sisters” Peter Mullan
“Mayor of The Sunset Strip” George Hickenlooper
“Once Upon a Time in the Midlands” Shane Meadows
“Stoked” Helen Stickler
“Step Into Liquid” Dana Brown
“Thirteen” Catherine Hardwicke

Free Screenings

“Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory” Mel Stuart
“Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion” Tom Peosay
“Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” Allan Arkush
“Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property” Charles Burnett

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