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Peroni Nastro Azzurro Is Premier Sponsor Of The 2016 LA Film Festival, Produced By Film Independent

Peroni Nastro Azzurro Is Premier Sponsor Of The 2016 LA Film Festival, Produced By Film Independent

Jaeger-LeCoultre is Principal Sponsor; American Airlines, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., EFILM | Company 3, and HBO® are Platinum Sponsors and Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television is the University Sponsor

LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced its sponsors for the 2016 Festival. The Festival runs June 1-9, 2016 at the ArcLight Cinemas. Individual tickets and passes are on sale now; please visit for more details. Returning to the Festival as Premier Sponsor is Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Jaeger-LeCoultre has returned to the Festival as the Principal Sponsor for a third year. Returning Platinum Sponsors include American Airlines, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., EFILM | Company 3 and HBO. Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television returns as the University Sponsor.

Festival Supporter level sponsors include Directors Guild of America, The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Montana Film Office and SmartSource Rentals.

Festival Affiliate level sponsors include AQUAhydrate, Arts Brookfield, ATK AudioTek, Film L.A., Kinetic Lighting, Kona Company, Konsonant Music, Maker's Mark, Ovation, SAGindie, Snapsound, Sterling Vineyards and Writers Guild of America, West.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Latino Public Broadcasting, Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee | Lagralane Group, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Time Warner Foundation are Festival Grantors.

For the eleventh year, the Los Angeles Times will serve as the Festival's Presenting Media Sponsor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and has been covering California for more than 134 years.

For the first year, ArcLight Cinemas is the host venue of LA Film Festival. Majority of screenings will take place at ArcLight Culver City with select screenings at ArcLight Cinemas' Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. ArcLight Culver City is a state-of-the-art theater with digital projection in all 12 auditoriums. The Cinerama Dome seats over 800 guests and features an 86 foot-wide screen. Since 2002, ArcLight's mission has been to create the best moviegoing environment possible, through careful thought, design, and attention to detail.

Following a successful 2015 partnership, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Italy's number one premium beer, has once again come together with the LA Film Festival to support and champion exceptional emerging talent, craftsmanship, creativity and style. Peroni will be served as the official beer throughout the festival and is proud to be supporting the extraordinary creativity of today's filmmakers who are shaping the future of film around the world.

Jaeger-LeCoultre returns to the LA Film Festival as the Principal Sponsor. On June 4, Jaeger-LeCoultre will co-host the Women Behind the Lens: A Celebration of Women Cinematographers Panel and Brunch with HBO. During the invitation-only brunch, Jaeger-LeCoultre will present Maryse Alberti, (Creed, The Wrestler) with its "Glory to the Filmmaker" Award.

Since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has remained dedicated to the legacy of watchmaking traditions while maintaining its expertise for invention in creating authentic, fine watchmaking legends. Committed to a constant quest for excellence and supported by a unique inventive spirit, Jaeger-LeCoultre has a long-standing engagement in supporting the appreciation and preservation of film. For a decade, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been closely associated with the best artistic film festivals around the world, including Venice, Shanghai, San Sebastian, Los Angeles, and New York, and in turn pays tribute to the creative ingenuity of filmmakers by annually awarding the Glory to the Filmmaker Award. Through the close affinity with the world of film, Jaeger-LeCoultre has found shared values and a common mission: each second bears the imprint of a moment of eternity. In addition to the annual Filmmaker in Residence initiative with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the multi-year partnership also extends to two of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's most prestigious annual events: the Annual Chaplin Award Gala and the New York Film Festival, a 17-day celebration showcasing the best and most significant films of the year from around the world.

American Airlines is proud to support the 22(nd) annual LA Film Festival, returning as the Official Festival Airline and Platinum sponsor. American's global network, premium services and airport amenities have made it the preferred airline of the entertainment industry and the premiere airline at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). With more than 220 daily departures from LAX, American's customers have access to 55 nonstop destinations around the world. American operates the only three-class transcontinental service to New York with its award-winning Airbus A321T and the most daily, year round nonstop flights to London, all with fully lie-flat, direct aisle access seats in First and Business Class. American has served greater Los Angeles for more than 80 years and continues to strengthen its ties to the entertainment industry by partnering with Film Independent and sponsoring events such as the LA Film Festival.

Dolby Laboratories creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For more than 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby. For more information, please visit

Deluxe's EFILM | Company 3 brings vast expertise in postproduction to Film Independent through the companies' involvement as a sponsor of the Filmmaker Retreat and the LA Film Festival. EFILM | Company 3, part of the Deluxe Creative Services group of companies, are post production facilities for feature-length and short-form motion pictures. They are known for creative color artistry, pioneering technology and global reach. Together, their roster of world-renowned, talented colorists includes: Jill Bogdanowicz, John Bonta, Sofie Borup, Sean Coleman, Paul Ensby, Siggy Ferstl, Bob Festa, Greg Fisher, Billy Gabor, Shane Harris, Dave Hussey, Natasha Leonnet, Tim Masick, Stephen Nakamura, Mitch Paulson, Tom Poole, Tom Reiser, Tyler Roth, Rob Sciarratta, Tim Stipan, Stefan Sonnenfeld, and Damien Van Der Cruyssen. A list of recent features completed at EFILM | Company 3 includes a large percentage of the top blockbusters and award-winning films, including: Spotlight, The Martian, The Big Short, Batman vs. Superman: The Dawn of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse, and both the Hunger Games and Divergent series.

HBO returns this year at the Platinum level, co-sponsoring Diversity Speaks, the Filmmaker Reception, Women Behind the Lens and the Filmmaker Retreat. The Filmmaker Reception is also sponsored by Montana Film Office. Women Behind the Lens brunch and panel is co-sponsored by Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Filmmaker Retreat is co-sponsored by EFILM | Company 3 and Kodak.

Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world's most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services - HBO(®) and Cinemax(®) - to approximately 131 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand(®) and Cinemax On Demand(®), as well as HBO GO(® )and MAX GO(®), HD feeds and multiplex channels. HBO NOW(®), the network's internet-only premium streaming service, provides audiences with instant access to HBO's acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO and Cinemax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

Sterling Vineyards, one of Napa's most visited and visually stunning wineries, is proud to be the official wine sponsor of the LA Film Festival. A long supporter of film and the creative arts, Sterling Vineyards will be served throughout the festival to independent and emerging artists and their audiences.

Returning as the Festival's University Sponsor, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (SFTV) will sponsor the previously mentioned Future Filmmakers Showcase and Luncheon. Additionally, they will be sponsoring the Festival's Documentary Competition, the Women Behind the Lens: Spotlight on Cinematographers Panel, the annual Fast Track Finance Market and the Awards Reception. SFTV will also sponsor a special U.N. Screening, Conversation and Reception in partnership with the United Nations.

Ranked as one of the top 10 film schools in the U.S. by The Hollywood Reporter, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (SFTV) in Los Angeles offers undergraduate degrees in animation, production, screenwriting and recording arts; and graduate degrees in production, screenwriting, and writing and producing for television. SFTV and Film Independent are partnering for the third year on SFTV's Incubator Lab, a competitive one-year program that provides selected alumni with resources and tools to help them build their creative portfolio and transition into the industry. The 2016-2017 Incubator Lab cohort will be announced on June 4, 2016 at the LA Film Festival's Diversity Speaks. Get more information at or

On June 4 Diversity Speaks, sponsored by HBO and Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, supported by Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee | Lagralane Group and Latino Public Broadcasting and hosted by Blackhouse, will feature a full day of conversations with industry executives and filmmakers around diversity.

HBO and the Montana Film Office will sponsor the Filmmaker Reception on the Festival Lawn on Friday, June 3. Film L.A., Inc. will sponsor the Limelight screening of Lights Out on June 8.

The Los Angeles Athletic Club returns for the fifth year as the 2016 Official Host Hotel. With a multi-million dollar hotel renovation, the new Hotel at The Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) has unveiled 72 renovated urban chic hotel rooms with nine distinctively themed suites.

The annual Coffee Talks, sponsored by Ovation will take place on June 5 at The Culver Hotel. The Directors panel is sponsored by Directors Guild of America, the Actors panel is sponsored by SAGindie, and the Screenwriters panel is sponsored by Writers Guild of America, West.

The LA Film Festival offers several free screenings, open to the public including Ghostbusters on June 3 and Independence Day on June 4. The two screenings, sponsored by Arts Brookfield, will be held at FIGat7th.

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield's premier office properties in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. More information and a schedule of events can be found at

Many participating organizations have joined the Festival to support international films and filmmakers in the Festival. These organizations include UCLA Latin American Institute and the University of Guadalajara Foundation.

CBS 2 and KCAL 9 once again serve as the Official Broadcast Television Partners. The largest local television duopoly in the country, CBS 2 and KCAL 9 provide Southern California with a combined nine-and-a-half hours of award-winning local news coverage on a daily basis. In addition, CBS 2 serves as the West Coast flagship of CBS, America's most-watched network; while KCAL 9 features the nation's first and only nightly three-hour primetime local newscast.

Media partners include Backstage, Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter Indiewire, KCRW 89.9FM, Los Angeles Confidential, Martin Outdoor Media, MovieMaker Magazine, OpenTable Tab, OUTFRONT Media, Para Todos, Time Out Los Angeles, Univision/KLVE, Variety, Variety 411, WireImage and TheWrap.

WireImage is the Official Photography Agency.

Online & Social Media: Find us on Facebook at and Twitter @LAFilmFestival. Official event hashtag: #LAFilmFestival.

The LA Film Festival is a key part of the exhibition arm of Film Independent, showcasing new American and international cinema that embraces diversity, innovation and unique perspectives. The Festival produces one-of-a-kind events featuring critically acclaimed filmmakers, industry professionals and award-winning talent from Los Angeles and around the world. The Festival's signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, Spirit of Independence Award, Coffee Talks, LA Muse and more. The Festival also screens short films created by high school students. Presenting Media Sponsor is the Los Angeles Times. Premier Sponsor is Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Principal Sponsor is Jaeger-LeCoultre. Platinum Sponsors are American Airlines, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., EFILM | Company 3 and HBO. The University Sponsor is Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency. More information can be found at

Film Independent is the nonprofit arts organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent's Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the LA Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent's Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent's signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit

ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington is a premiere moviegoing experience with an unparalleled commitment to bringing a variety of rich cinematic content to moviegoers in all markets. ArcLight Cinemas operates eight theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Culver City and La Jolla, as well as one theater in Bethesda, Md, Chicago and Glenview, Ill, with a new location in Boston for early 2018. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif. Additional information about ArcLight Cinemas is available at

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