The eight narrative competition entries will vie for a $50,000 unrestricted grant and include the world premieres of Jess Manafort's suburban comedy The Beautiful Ordinary, Ilya Chaiken's Liberty Kid about two Latino men struggling to find work in post 9/11 New York, and Rodger Grossman's What We Do Is Secret, a punk biopic about the Germs frontman Darby Crash.
The Documentary Competition offers the same prize to the 11 film-makers who made the cut this year. Screenings include the world premieres of Oren Jacoby's Constantine's Sword about the conflict between the Church and the Jews, and Eva Aridjis' Mexican cult film Saint Death.
International Showcase films, all of which are eligible for audience awards for best international, narrative or documentary film, include Pascale Ferran's Belgian-French adaptation of Lady Chatterley, Nadav Schirman's Israeli-German espionage documentary The Champagne Spy, and Darren Ashton's Razzle Dazzle from Australia.
Festival highlights include a Romanian sidebar that features the North American premiere of Cristian Mungiu's Cannes competition entry 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, as well as a preview of summer releases like Jeff Blitz's Rocket Science and Jon Poll's Charlie Bartlett.
As previously announced Clint Eastwood will receive the Spirit Of Independence Award on Jun 28.
'The Los Angeles Film Festival continues to evolve into a celebration that the movie capital of the world deserves, diverse in content and culture, inviting, accessible, and most important, fun,' festival director Richard Raddon said.
'This year's festival once again showcases the unique vision and independent spirit we strive to support and promote at Film Independent,' Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson said. 'We are proud to offer hundreds of film-makers a platform for their work and celebrate their original voices and inspired storytelling.'
For more information visit the official website at www.LAFilmFest.com.