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For its 21st installment, which takes place Wednesday through June 18 and is sponsored by The Times, the festival is refocusing on world premieres, first-time filmmakers and diversity. Here's a look at some of the programming sections and selected films.
Opening film: "Grandma," Paul Weitz's dramedy starring Lily Tomlin as an ornery seventysomething poet who helps her teenage granddaughter try to rustle up money for an abortion.
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Closing film: To be announced.
U.S. fiction competition: Narrative films by emerging and established American directors, such as Dennis Hauck's thriller "Too Late," starring John Hawkes as a troubled private investigator.
World fiction competition: Narrative films from across the globe, such as Sara Blecher's South African coming-of-age tale "Ayanda and the Mechanic."
Documentary competition: Nonfiction movies from the U.S. and abroad, including Daphne McWilliams' "In a Perfect World," about men who were raised by single mothers.
L.A. Muse: Los Angeles-centric narrative and documentary features, including Zoe R. Cassevetes' drama "Day Out of Days," about a 40-year-old actress (Alexia Landeau) trying to survive in cutthroat Hollywood.
Nightfall: A new section spotlighting horror movies, like Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet and Jon Salmon's mock-slasher-sequel "Dude Bro Party Massacre III."
Venues: Primarily at L.A. Live; special events at
Tickets: Individual tickets range from no cost to $25; passes from $350 to $2,500
Parking: $10 a day, West Parking Garage