Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the best in independent cinema in the heart of the world’s Entertainment & Arts Capital. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its communities and neighborhoods, and its seminal role in the early days of American cinema. Set against the historic backdrop of City Center, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California.
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DFFLA celebrates the renaissance of downtown L.A. in all its facets – its historic movie palaces, its legendary cultural institutions, its thriving business and residential communities, and its unique ethnic-cultural diversity.
Since 2008 the festival has screened more than a thousand narrative and documentary features and shorts. Highlights included the West Coast premiere of Spike Lee’s “Passing Strange: The Movie,” a music documentary and live performance series at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, a multi-faceted film/events program celebrating “green urban living,” a showcase of independent films utilizing 3-D technology, an in-depth look at L.A.’s burgeoning micro-cinema community, the L.A. premiere of Michael Jackson’s “lost” film documenting his Jackson 5 tour of Africa in the 1970s, and a tribute to indie icon Seymour Cassell.
This year’s festival will continue DFFLA’s tradition of fearless innovation in programming and exciting after-screening events held in world-class lounges, private downtown artists’ lofts and historic theaters.