One of those festivals, opening on June 16th, is the world-class Los Angeles Film Festival presented by the L.A. Times. 2011 marks the 17th year of the festival, which will showcase over 200 features, shorts and music videos representing more than 30 countries. The L.A. Film Fest will return once again to Downtown, with most events taking place at L.A. Live
This year's highlights include Guest Director Guillermo del Toro (who will select a film to present that has been an influence to him, followed by a conversation), a Special Screening of Warner Bros. Green Lantern, FilmDistrict's North American premiere of Drive, and conversations with actor James Franco and director Julie Taymor, among others.
The festival opens on June 16th with a screening of the film, Bernie and will close on June 26th with a world premiere of Troy Nixey's Don't be Afraid of the Dark. Passes and individual tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the L.A. Film Festival website. A complete line-up is also available on the site.