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Dances fest rolls 97 pix

Event to begin July 25

Indie film festival Dances With Films will unspool 97 films during its weeklong run next month in Santa Monica, including 50 world and 25 West Coast premieres.

Fest kicks off July 25 at the Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex.

Heralding the unknown filmmaker, DWF discourages entries with big name celebs and studio finance.

This year, the fest will screen 15 competition films, 29 competitions shorts, 12 fusion features, 36 fusion shorts and five documentaries.

Some of last year’s DWF entries nabbed deals with HBO, PBS and WB, and 2000 entry “Speed for Thespians” drew a nom at the 2002 Oscar competish for live action short.

For a complete list of entries visit fest Web site Danceswithfilms.com.

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