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Los Angeles Film Festival looking to get in on the action
Los Angeles Film Festival looking to get in on the action

In the hopes of finding the next indie film breakout, Hollywood heavyweights annually weather the bitter cold of Park City, Utah, and fly thousands of miles to the South of France. But persuading those same movie executives to brave traffic from the Westside to downtown for a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival? Good luck. "It's hard to convince industry eyes to take us seriously and make the drive from Beverly Hills," said Stephanie Allain, who has been the director of the festival for three years. But the film gathering is in its 20th year, and Allain is determined to raise its profile. When the festival began in 1995 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, 5,700...

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