2nd Annual Cinema at the Edge Festival
May 7 – 11, 2014
Submissions due – Feb 28th
Notifications will be sent out – March 21st
Five days of screenings, parties & artist programs that celebrates independent filmmaking.
*Films competing in narrative feature, documentary & short film categories will be eligible for Jury and Audience awards in which winners will have the opportunity to screen their film for industry professionals working in international film production & distribution.
*Winners of the jury & audience awards in each category will be considered for acquisition by industry professionals working in international film distribution.
*Great chance to gain exposure & additional opportunities for global distribution
*Previous celebrity honorary chair & film jurors include: Brett Ratner, Susan Sarandon and John Singleton.
For film submissions please visit this link
Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival is a natural progression of the work we do at the Edgemar Center, bringing together industry experts, cultural and media taste makers and the most talented artists from across Los Angeles. My team and I are thrilled to invite you to experience what the West Side has to offer filmmakers and cinephiles, which is quite different from what you’ll find in Hollywood.” – Michelle Danner, Founder
Over the past 3 years, The Cinema at the Edge has grown from being held in two theaters at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica with approximately 5,700 attendees each year. The Festival screens nearly 55 narrative, documentary feature films, and short films to a diverse local and international audience. From VIP galas to celebrity-studded premieres, The Cinema at the Edge highlights film from every corner of the globe.
The Edgemar Center for the Arts is well known on the West Side of Los Angeles as a venue where up and coming talent share quality work, and Artistic Director Michelle Danner is thrilled to now invite the global independent film community to experience this vibrant beachside collective at the 2nd Annual Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival. Cinema at the Edge programs films with a unique voice and a clear vision, that blend genres or break conventions of the medium, with an added focus on life in the beachfront communities of Santa Monica and Venice and the talented group of independent filmmakers who make LA’s West Side their home. The 2013 festival featured audience favorites from Sundance, SXSW and other major festivals, while maintaining a focus on world or regional premieres, challenging films that deserve a second look and showcasing local artists.
The Founder of the Cinema At the Edge Independent Film Festival:
MICHELLE DANNER Founder
Michelle Danner is the founder and artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts and The Edgemar Theater Group. She is a renowned actor, director and award-winning acting coach. Michelle directed and produced the film “Hello Herman” starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) through her production company All In Films. As an acting coach, Michelle has worked with A List talent privately and on set, including Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Seth MacFarlane, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Salma Hayek, James Franco, and Zooey Deschanel. She has directed and acted in over thirty award-winning plays and musicals in New York and Los Angeles. Her directorial debut in film was 2006’s “How to Go Out on a Date in Queens” with Jason Alexander, Esai Morales and Ron Perlman. It was released nationwide and aired as an ABC Sunday Night Movie of the Week.
Edgemar Center for the Arts is located at 2437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405.