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Los Angeles Film Festival reboots with focus on discovery, world premieres

Los Angeles Film Festival reboots with focus on discovery, world premieres

With a new programming team and revitalized sense of purpose, the Los Angeles Film Festival launches its 21st edition Wednesday with a reinvigorated mission. As a challenge to organizers and audiences alike, the festival is regrounding itself as a showcase for new, untested work.

In part due to its place on the calendar, the festival has in the past struggled to maintain a firm identity, fighting for titles between earlier launching pads such as Sundance and Cannes but before the fall circuit that includes Telluride and Toronto. Rather than feel stuck with second-tier choices or other fest's castoffs, organizers this year have chosen to dig deep in discovering fresh voices and...

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