First Day of the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival

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Today marks the first day of the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Today marks the first day of the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 22 – July 2, 2006). As previously announced, lauded filmmaker George Lucas will serve as Guest Director. In this role, Lucas will host a two-day Filmmaker Retreat at Skywalker Ranch, and he has also programmed a sidebar of films that have inspired his work.

Other confirmed attendees include Al Gore, Aiden Quinn, Virginia Madsen, Harrison Ford, Christina Applegate and Allison Janney.

The 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen more than 265 films and music videos in 16 different sections. This year the Festival received more than 4,300 submissions from filmmakers around the world with the final selections representing several World, North American, and U.S. premieres. This represents an increase of 600 submitted films from the 2005 Festival.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented by the Los Angeles Times and is supported by Premier Sponsors—In Style, Target, Pop Secret®, and Intel—and by Principal Sponsors—Eastman Kodak Company and Adobe. Special support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Infinity Sun was selected as the spray tanning company of choice, with CEO and Celebrity Spray Tanner, Veronique Munro to provide tans for all the key speakers and talent who will be attending the event. American Airlines is the Official Airline Partner and WireImage is the Official Photography Agency of Film Independent.

Watch extensive coverage of the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival on FesTV, 24 hours a day on cable channel 75 in Santa Monica and 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. nightly on cable channel LA36 in Los Angeles.

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