Call for Entries: Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles

Organizers of the nonprofit Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles announced that the sixth edition of the annual festival will be held July 9-19 in venues throughout downtown L.A.'s historically rich and culturally diverse communities.

At the same time, the festival announced its official call for entries, and invited filmmakers everywhere to submit films in all genres including narrative and documentary, feature-length and shorts. The festival uses the international online service Withoutabox.com, and more information is available about submitting films online here.

Last year's programming was comprised of more than 100 screenings of features, documentary and short films, an exhibition during ArtWalk of award-wining digital shorts, a 3-D film program devoted to French cinema, workshops on film finance, distribution and music supervision, and showcases devoted to feminism, Latino-American filmmakers and a special, free-to-the public Closing Night Film program of Roman Polanski's "Chinatown" held at Los Angeles' landmark Union Station.

"Downtown Film Festival L.A. reflects the independent side of Los Angeles' film industry and embodies the creative spirit of downtown L.A. and its surrounding communities," said festival co-director Henry Priest. "It's no accident that this area boasts more indie filmmakers than anywhere else in the world, and we believe they deserve a festival like ours that takes chances with the art of making movies."

The festival celebrates DTLA's diversity by bringing programming to its various neighborhoods and by collaborating with a wide variety of businesses and arts organizations. Last year the festival utilized 13 separate venues for screenings and events – from the Fashion District to Chinatown and from the Historic Bank District to South Park. Over the years, the festival has partnered with 80 separate profit and nonprofit organizations in DTLA.

"The creative nexus of downtown L.A. emanates today in many directions – film, food, the arts, fashion. Our goal during the festival is to immerse our festival goers in a total DTLA experience, using film as a catalyst, " says festival co-director Greg Ptacek.

Festival ticket sales will be announced at a later date. More information about the festival: www.dffla.com