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By Film Threat Staff | March 29, 2001

After its successful launch last year, the Silver Lake Festival announced today that the second annual event will be held in and around the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, September 20-23. The Festival organizers also announced the following Call for Entries: Feature Film and Shorts entry deadline: June 15 ^ Screenplay contest entry deadline: July 15 ^ Festival Trailer contest entry deadline: August 1. ^ The Silver Lake Film Festival is as an international, multi-cultural event that reflects the cultural diversity, edgy creativity and historic cinematic roots of the Silver Lake community. Last year’s four-day festival featured more than 135 films, including features, shorts, documentaries and film performance art as well as musical performances, lectures, literary readings and wild parties. The festival presented 18 world premieres and 35 Los Angeles premieres. New Times, the Los Angeles weekly newspaper, heralded the debut of Silver Film Festival as “beautifully illuminated by a scintillating array of productions?a confident festival with its own distinct energy.”
Call for Entries: Features, Shorts and Documenaties ^ The Silver Lake Film Festival proudly embraces and seeks out the work of alternative filmmakers. Indeed, non-mainstream and experimental film and video — features, shorts and documentaries — will again be the festival’s focus though more traditional forms are also welcome. A main programming goal is to provide access to films that would not otherwise necessarily be available to the public. ^ A complimentary goal is to select films that can serve as platform for the celebration of other arts. For example, in the first year, a documentary program about Chicano Rock was accompanied with a live performance, a lecture and a photo exhibition. A third programming goal is to emphasize the work of filmmakers from the greater Silver Lake area.
It is important to note, however, that we consider Silver Lake to be a state of mind and as such the SLFF is seeking to exhibit and support artistically unique work from any geographical location that aligns with the notions of freedom of expression regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
Festival Trailer Contest ^ Making its debut with the 2001 festival, the “Silver Lake Film Festival Trailer Contest” invites the public to submit one-minute original films or videos that are emblematic of Silver Lake. The winning entry, or entries will be used as trailers to promote the festival and will be shown daily in the weeks preceding the festival at Silver Lake’s two main movie houses: The Vista Theater and Los Feliz 3 Theaters where the majority of the festival 2001 programming will be screened.
Go to the Silver Lake Film Festival we site for details.

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