LA Femme International Film Festival Launches its First Incentive Production Program

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, July 15, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — LA Femme International Film Festival (LAIFF) launches incentive production program with Two Card Monte, a feature film with acclaimed and iconic LGBTQ+ director Nicole Conn of Nicole Conn Films Global. A two-time LAIFF and multi-fest winner with “A Perfect Ending” (distributed by Wolfe Releasing) and “More Beautiful for Having Been Broken” (distributed by Vision Films) will direct the feature film.

Leslie LaPage is a woman of color and the first Latina to run, operate and launch a “Woman supportive” festival in Los Angeles has been at the forefront of women making cinema for over 17 years. Launching the careers, discovering and premiering 100’s of films by women creators which have gone on to achieve worldwide critical acclaim, Leslie LaPage is known as the foremost curator of female commercial content.

“We have been curating diversity within women created content for over 17 years and now we will be able to bring those filmmakers into production,” said Leslie LaPage, LA Femme International Film Festival Founder and Director.

“From our first year of programming we hand selected the best content from the world’s platform discovering authentic voices with unique stories with underrepresented voices and new exciting perspectives,” said Leslie LaPage.

The 17th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival will take place October 14th – 17th in Los Angeles and virtually worldwide.

Our call for entries Late Deadline is approaching quickly on July 29th and this will be the time for filmmakers to submit their latest content through our submission partner.

ABOUT Nicole Conn
Nicole Conn is recognized worldwide as an author, screenwriter, director, producer and film editor. She has written eight novels, a parent’s guide, two teleplays, 13 screenplays and produced six soundtracks. She may be best known, however, for her films, which include Claire of the Moon, More Beautiful For Having Been Broken, A Perfect Ending, Elena Undone and Little Man.

She wrote the script and produced her first film, Claire of the Moon, in 1993. The Boston Globe called it “handsome, heartfelt, intelligent, and beautifully atmospheric.” A hit, it paved the way for lesbian-themed cinema and grew to cult status. It was also a first for lesbian cinema when Conn generated products from the film, including a novelization (now in its 15th reprint, along with 10th and 20th Anniversary editions), making-of documentary, soundtrack, tee-shirts, posters and more.

Conn has produced seven films since then, most recently More Beautiful for Having Been Broken (2019). Distributed worldwide through Vision Films, it has won over 28 Best Awards from the 2019–2020 festival circuit. The Advocate calls it “her most personal film yet.”

The LA Femme International Film Festival is now in its 17th year as one of Los Angeles’ premiere film festivals dedicated to celebrating and promoting female artists both in front of and behind the camera. In addition to bestowing awards in multiple categories, from short subjects to documentaries to commercials, to features and music videos.

LAFIFF festival celebrates its 17th year of programing films Produced, Written, and Directed by Women of color worldwide. This year’s festival CALL FOR ENTRIES is approaching with its next deadline of July 29, 2021.

LAFIFF 17th Annual Festival is October 14-17, 2021, with over 150+ films MADE BY WOMEN in categories such as film, documentary, shorts, animation, web series, commercial, and music videos. All events and screenings will be screened Virtually again this year with potentially on the ground events to support filmmakers and current COVID restrictions in California. Tickets will be available on or around September 1st to attend and see the amazing films WOMEN can create.

About Leslie LaPage
Leslie LaPage, Founder of LAFIFF, is a Woman of Color and has been a successful producer, writer, and director in the industry. But is has been LA Femme that has driven her and her vision to allow those in the industry to see the multitude of projects being created by women that have been neglected over the years. “We ARE the “Sundance” of Women Film Festivals worldwide with more worldwide premiers from more countries than most festivals. We are the powerhouse of creativity and a forerunner in the vision for festivals, programming, and the female indie filmmaker creators worldwide. If they are a women filmmaker, they know us, we know them.” Said Leslie LaPage.

Sponsors: (WGA) Writers Guild America West Women’s Committee, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Stephens College, and Gunpowder & Sky

About LA Femme:
LA Femme, a non-profit 501(c)3, is a world-renowned premier festival that focuses on women filmmakers who create commercial programming for a worldwide audience. This festival offers a unique opportunity for women filmmakers who seek a more creative approach to filmmaking as well as domestic and international film distribution.

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