The LA Film Festival has decided to ditch downtown Los Angeles after a six-year stay, opting to go to Culver City, Hollywood and Santa Monica instead for its 22nd version next year.
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the festival, announced Tuesday a new partnership with ArcLight Cinemas. It said the 2016 festival would take place June 1-9 at ArcLight Cinemas around the city, including ArcLight Hollywood and the new ArcLight Santa Monica with the festival headquarters at ArcLight Culver City.
Film Independent did not address why it was leaving downtown. The Regal Cinemas 14-screen theater at LA Live had served as the key venue for the past six years.
“We are so happy to be launching this partnership with ArcLight Cinemas,” said Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “The ArcLight Cinemas are known for the highest quality projection and sound that will delight filmmakers and audiences alike. We share a mutual audience of filmmakers and film lovers who revel in unique cinematic experiences.”
Festival director Stephanie Allain also announced the promotion of Roya Rastegar to director of programming and the full-time hire of Jennifer Cochis as creative director.
“Thanks to the efforts of the programming team this past year, 40% of the feature films in the Festival were directed by women and over 30% were directed by filmmakers of color,” Allain said. “Celebrating the city of Los Angeles is a central part of the Festival’s mission and thanks to our new partnership, we’re delighted to bring our discoveries to an ArcLight near you.”