The Pasadena International Film Festival returns this June 23-30 at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena’s Playhouse Village.
By News Desk
The eight-day festival includes 100+ films from around the globe, Q and A’s with the industry’s best, panels, a Pass-holders Lounge with an open bar, and the Great Gatsby Gala & Award Ceremony.
“I will be honest, these past few years have not been easy,” Jessica Hardin, festival director tells us. “But there is truly magic with these sorts of events. People really want to return to story-telling, and not just on your TV or laptop. There is something to be said for human interaction. At a certain point people really hunger for that connection and community”.
PIFF is going into its ninth year and despite there being thousands of film festivals, and hundreds in the LA area, it has made a name for itself with the caliber of its venues, events, programming, and attendance. “People assume we struggle with attendance, but we really don’t. Most screenings sell out.” says Hardin.
The festival focuses on submissions-only based programming, and does not curate films, so that every submission has a fair chance of acceptance. The screenings include narrative features, documentaries, short films, music videos, and webisodes. This festival will also have a screenwriting competition and a play-writing component.
The Pasadena International Film Festival screenings, Q and A’s, and panels will take place at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 (673 East Colorado Blvd.), and the Pass-holders Lounge will be held at Lyd & Mo Photography Studio (27 North Mentor). For the lineup of films and events, go to pasadenafilmfestival.org.
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