Zach Braff's hotSundance comedy Garden State will open the 10th Annual Los Angeles Film Festival on Jun 17,while Richard Linklater's romance Before Sunset is the Centrepiece Premiere and PieterJan Brugge's kidnapping drama The Clearing will close the event on Jun 26.
Overall nineworld premieres, three North American premieres and two US premieres are among195 titles from 31 countries culled from more than 2,800 submissions.
Programmesinclude narrative and documentary competition sections, international and highschool showcases and short films offering four competition categories.
Supplementingall this will be a programme of special events and screenings, a Family Day,selected titles from guest director Mira Nair and a spotlight on Nigerian film-maker Tunde Kelani.
Narrativesection highlights include world premieres of Eddie O'Flaherty's boxing drama FightingTommy Riley, MarkChristopher's quirky slice of life Pizza, Mario de la Vega's crime caper Robbing Peter, Ken Kwapis' ensemble drama SexualLife and Eli Despres andKim Roberts' psychological thriller Wilderness Survival For Girls.
The documentarysection includes world premieres of Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts'profile of Black Power guru Rob Williams in Negroes With Guns: Rob WilliamsAnd Black Power, DonArgott's real-life School Of Rock companion piece Rock School and a screening of Jonathan Caouette's acclaimed Tarnation, the autobiographical docudrama thatreportedly cost $218.32 to produce on an Apple Mac and will play in theDirectors' Fortnight in Cannes.
InternationalShowcase presents the world premiere of Michel Blanco (Belgium/France/USA), which follows astruggling foreign actor in Hollywood, Roads To Koktebel (Russia) about a father and son whoembark upon a 1,000-mile journey from Moscow to the Crimean coast, and Vibrator (Japan), a sexually charged road movieabout a troubled young woman who follows a bleached-blond truck driver into thesnowy Japanese night.
Family DayScreenings feature Jean-Jacques Annaud's adventure Two Brothers, which Universal will release in the USin June, and a free outdoor screening of George Dunning's 1968 animated fantasymusical Yellow Submarine.
SpecialScreenings include the upcoming New Line comedy Harold And Kumar Go To WhiteCastle, DIG!, a portrait of rock bands The DandyWarhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the hot documentary Metallica:Some Kind Of Monster,which IFC will release later this year.
"Our goal is toprovide a forum where film-makers can unveil their work in a relaxedenvironment, and in turn audiences can discover them and their projects,"director of programming Rachel Rosen said in a statement.
"While thefestival is casual and fun, the content ranges from the mainstream to the moreunusual."