With 50 films over three days, this year’s Highland Park Independent Film Festival is the largest and most ambitious in the festival’s six-year history.
The screenings, at the Highland Theater (5604 N. Figueroa St.) include six world premieres, four Los Angeles premieres and an Academy Award-nominated short. There are films in virtually every genre: animation, documentary, sci-fi, action/adventure, noir and foreign.
There is also a category that can best be described as hyperlocal: Nine short films, grouped under the heading “We Are HLP,” are about Highland Park or directed by Highland Park filmmakers. Eight shorts, grouped under the heading “Los Filmmakers,” are about Latino topics or directed by Latino filmmakers. Another 18 shorts are about L.A. or made by L.A.-based directors.
Over the years, the Highland Park Independent Film Festival has gained national and international stature. But local films, local audiences and local venues are still at the heart of the festival, starting with:
Opening night, Thursday, October 3:
Fans are invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Theater for the red-carpet arrival of actor Danny Trejo, the recipient of the festival’s 2019 Humanitarian Award.