Louisville International Festival of Film picks up steam

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Louisville’s International Festival of Film (LIFF) will announce the names of eight films to be screened in special viewings along with other festival details on Friday at noon.  Mayor Jerry Abramson will join Conrad Bachmann, Co-Founder and Executive Director of LIFF (and Louisville native), for the announcement and unveiling of the 2009 festival poster. 

“We are grateful to the City of Louisville for stepping forward with a $5,000 grant award through External Agency Funding." Bachmann said.  "Although we know the city budget was extremely tight this year, the Mayor and Councilmen recognized that Louisville’s International Festival of Film and its presenting organization, Louisville Film Arts Institute, Inc., can help generate new jobs and revenue for the city by showcasing the community to industry leaders in film production.  This is particularly significant with the recent passage of the tax incentives bill for film production by the Kentucky General Assembly.” Headlining the list of special screenings is the opening night film “The Burning Plain” directed by Academy Award nominated screen writer Guillermo Arriaga (“Babel”) and costarring Charlize Theron, Kim Bassinger and native Louisvillian Jennifer Lawrence.  Both Arriaga and Lawrence will attend the October 1 – 4 festival. 

Theron, an executive producer of the film, intends on coming in for the film festival subject to her availability and will confirm closer to the October date.  Along with “The Burning Plain”, Bachmann will announce the names of the other special viewings which will include several submitted through our Louisville Sister Cites Program that won “Best Film” category prizes in their own regional competitions. 

“We are thrilled to partner with the Sister Cities program and hope inclusion of these films will broaden appreciation of the cities and their cultures which have submitted them," Bachmann added.

In addition to the eight special screenings, an additional 35 independent films will be in competition for juried awards and viewed at the festival.  Bachmann noted “Over 200 films have been submitted to date and the selection process is rigorous.” 

Names of the films in competition will be announced in September.  These films will be viewed in downtown locations including the Kentucky Center, the Muhammad Ali Center, Hillerich & Bradsby Co. and the Galt House. The news conference will culminate with the unveiling of the winning poster from the Louisville’s International Festival of Film Poster Contest.  The artist will also be introduced.  Information on purchasing tickets and ticket packages will be available on-line starting Friday at www.louisvillefilmfestival.org.  

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