5th Annual Marina del Rey Film Festival Announces New Venue, Submissions Open

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2016 Marina del Rey Film Festival Venue and Submissions Open

The Marina del Rey Film Festival will take place this summer from August 12-14th at Cinemark 18 Los Angeles at Howard Hughes Center and Beach Dancer Films Marina del Rey. This will mark as the fifth anniversary of the event, a celebration of independent film and filmmakers from around the world. Submissions are now being accepted with a deadline of July 15, 2016.

Each year, the festival gains more followers and submissions, which lead Festival Director Jon Gursha to seek out another venue large enough and prestigious enough to house the event. The addition of the Cinemark 18 location allows for significantly more live screening and a larger audience. Gursha said, “Because we keep our submission fee lower than most festivals, and with the announcement of this new venue, we expect to see a flood of submissions to come in from all over the world.”

Festival Programmer Peter Greene is very excited about this year’s festival. “Four years ago, we dipped our toes in the film festival world with the inaugural Marina del Rey Film Festival. Now, we are poised to have our most successful festival ever with our new partner, the Cinemark film theater chain, and our valued colleague Sandie West and Beach Dancer Films. We expect a record breaking number of submissions and look forward to screening some delightful and moving films at the Cinemark 18.”

The festival accepts films from every genre, on any topic, from every country around the world. The goal is to promote the spirit of film-making and indie film in Marina del Rey and Los Angeles. Both features and shorts are welcomed and submissions cost just $25.00.

Gursha said, “We are excited about this year’s event because we believe there is a huge need for independent festivals on the west side of LA.” Sandie West, co-producer & host at Beach Dancer Films, agrees. “Along with our Hollywood based partners and the official Venice Media District, the Marina Del Rey Festival is supported by the community and is uniquely positioned to provide an excellent conduit for independent filmmakers," West said.

There will be an awards ceremony and other events will take place throughout the three-day festival. However, details on both are as yet to be determined. Those interested in participating are encouraged to visit the website for more information and announcements: http://marinadelreyfilmfestival.com/

About the Marina del Ray Film Festival:

The Marina del Ray Film Festival, now prepping for its fifth annual event, is an independent film festival with live screenings that will run from August 12-14 of this year. The festival is run by Director Jon Gursha, Programmer Peter Greene, and Marketing Director Eric Vollweller. The festival was started by Jon Gursha and Peter Greene to showcase the work of independent filmmakers on the west side of Los Angeles.

Past festivals included outdoor screenings at Burton Chase Park, and multiple venues in and around Marina del Rey, with screenings and events running three to four days.

The Marina del Rey Film Festival is operated by Film Marketing Services Inc.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marketing Director Eric Vollweller.

2016 Submissions are open via Filmfreeway!

Media Contact:
Name: Jon Gursha, Festival Director
Phone: 323-920-5643
Email: info(at)filmmarketingservices(dot)com

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