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Date posted: 05/15/2012

Watch Summer Films at the Los Angeles Film Festival!

Now in its 18th year, the Los Angeles Film Festival is a world-class event showcasing the best in new AmericaLos Angeles Film Festivaln and international cinema. Presented by the Los Angeles Times, the LA Film Festival is the largest in Southern California. This year brings more than 200 feature films, shorts and music videos to downtown’s LA LIVE.

This year’s films represent over 30 countries worldwide. Over 10 days, red carpet world premieres, panels on filmmaking, free outdoor screenings, live musical performances and intimate Q&As with directors and actors will take place during the festival.

The LA Film Festival will open in 2012 with the North American premiere of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love. Starring Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page, this film is a comedy about love, infidelity, Rome and the fickle nature of fame. To Rome With Love screens on Thursday, June 14 at 7:30pm at Regal Cinemas LA LIVE.

Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike will close the festival on June 24. The dramatic comedy follows a male stripper taking a young dancer under his wing. The film stars Channing Tatum, Olivia Munn,  and Alex Pettyfer. The world premiere of Magic Mike is at 7pm at Regal Cinemas LA Live.

Free outdoor community screenings of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Dirty Dancing Dance-A-Long, G-Dog, The Invisible War, LUV, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will be held at FIGat7th all week. For individual screening dates, check out the festival schedule here.

 The Guest Director of 2012 is William Friedkin. An Academy-Award winner, Friedkin’s past films include The French Connection and The Exorcist.  His latest film Killer Joe will screen at LACMA’s Bing Theater on Friday, June 15 at 7:30pm after an onstage interview. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as a Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer.

Passes and packages for the Film Festival are going for $200-$2,500. Individual event tickets will go on sale May 29.  If you’re staying in hotels by Universal Studios, definitely check out one of the LA Film Festival’s screenings or programs!

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