The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles Presents “Filmmaking and the Law”

The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles Presents “Filmmaking and the Law”

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The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to showcasing the best in independent cinema in the heart of the world’s Entertainment & Arts Capital.” This year will mark the 4th edition of the festival, which will run from July 6th - 13th. The festival showcases all genres of films that “reflect downtown L.A.’s unique cultural diversity.” Since its inception in 2008, the festival has screened more than a thousand narrative and documentary features and short films, including works by Spike Lee and Michael Jackson.

This year, the festival will host a Filmmaking and the Law panel to educate filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers about ­­legal issues that may arise while creating a film and finding a distribution partner. The Law Office of Jaia Thomas will moderate the panel, which features experienced entertainment attorneys Morris Bird (formerly of Lionsgate) and Bryan Duran (currently at RogueFlix and formerly of Warner Bros and Universal Studios). The panel will discuss topics such as script protection, forming a production company, film financing, music licensing and distribution agreements.

The panel will take place on Sunday, July 8th at 11:00 am at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) Gallery located at 102 West Fifth Street in Downtown Los Angeles (southeast corner of Main & Fifth). Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance by visiting the festival’s website www.dffla.com/panels/ or at the door.

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