Sundance NEXT FEST and FilmL.A. Celebrate Independent Filmmaking in Downtown Los Angeles

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In August, downtown’s Ace Hotel and Theatre hosted the 2017 Sundance NEXT FEST August 10th through 13th. Sundance NEXT FEST is a summer festival celebrating film, music, and the work of independent filmmakers. 2017 marked NEXTFEST’s fifth year and FilmL.A.’s fourth year as a Sundance Institute partner. NEXT FEST featured a handful of bold new films, previously screened at the 2017 … Read More

FilmL.A. Partners with NewFilmmakers LA for On-Location Video Project!

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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that showcases innovative works by emerging filmmakers, hosted its annual “On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project” event this month. The Los Angeles Video Project is a community outreach multimedia program that celebrates L.A.’s creative filmmaking talent. The program invites local filmmakers to “share their L.A.,” offering a insider perspective into our diverse, cosmopolitan … Read More

FilmL.A. Welcomes BFA/MFA Students, Others, to Hollywood Headquarters

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In the last edition of FilmL.A. eNEWS, we discussed the availability of FilmL.A.’s offices for filming at low cost.  But use of FilmL.A.’s office as a community supportive space runs deeper, as FilmL.A. regularly makes its Hollywood office available to industry and community partners for board and association meetings, production meetings, table reads, and creative writing sessions. FilmL.A.’s conference rooms … Read More

FilmL.A. Celebrates Third Year in Partnership with Pan African Film & Arts Festival

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In early February, FilmL.A. partnered with the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF-LA).  The 2016 festival marked FilmL.A.’s third year as a co-sponsor. PAFF-LA is America’s largest and most prestigious black film festival, which in 2015 came in third in a list of  ‘10 Best Film Festivals in the U.S.’ by USA Today.  Annually, PAFF-LA showcases more than 150 … Read More

FilmL.A. Supports Filming Close to Home

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Each year, hundreds of Los Angeles area filmmakers avail themselves of low-cost access to a variety of publicly owned film locations. Thanks to the generosity of the City of Los Angeles, use fees are waived for filming at most city-owned properties, making access to these facilities very affordable. A lesser-known perk of filming in Los Angeles is that FilmL.A.’s Hollywood … Read More

FilmL.A. Monitors: Ambassadors for On-Location Filming

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Los Angeles residents enjoy an opportunity that is rare for most Americans — spotting film crews at work in local communities.  Thanks to California’s revised Film & Television Tax Credit Program, L.A. has seen an uptick in on-location production, particularly in scripted TV.  Many may wonder how filming is managed during on-location shoots.  For the highest-impact productions, some of that … Read More

Avoiding Insurance Related Permit Delays

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FilmL.A. has been known to turn around film permit applications in as few as two business days.  Three days is fairly standard, and many factors could add additional time, but did you know the number one reason for delays in permit processing is lack of required liability insurance? Obtaining liability insurance sufficient to meet local requirements is an integral part … Read More

LACCD Signs Pilot Partnership with FilmL.A.

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This month, FilmL.A. finalized a pilot partnership agreement with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) to facilitate filming at four LACCD campuses and the downtown district office. With a seventy-seven year history, LACCD is the largest community college district in the United States. FilmL.A. will coordinate filming at the LACCD’s downtown district office, Los Angeles Harbor College in the … Read More

FilmL.A. Marks Four Years with FoLAR River Cleanup

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This year, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) held its 26th Annual Los Angeles River Clean-Up.  In keeping with last year’s theme, organizers divided the river into three sections and hosted three separate clean-up days. FilmL.A. participated in the clean-up for its fourth straight year, using it as an opportunity to give back to the local communities where filming happens. … Read More

FilmL.A. Employees Get Recognition in Print

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To recognize staffers for providing fantastic customer service to industry customers, government clients and community stakeholders, FilmL.A. introduced its G.R.I.P. program (Giving Recognition in Print) in 2007. Under the G.R.I.P. program, FilmL.A. supervisors and peers can commend their co-workers for acts of exemplary customer service.  Company-wide recognition and token bonuses memorialize employees’ achievements and motivate staffers to go the extra … Read More