Film Festivals – Beverly Hills, CA
Media Inc. Magazine recently caught up with one of LA’s newest Film Festival Director’s Hollis McLachlan from the Beverly Hills Four Seasons hotel to share with us her rapidly growing and distinguished endeavor, the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.
Founded in 2013, this unique festival showcases films that are produced and directed by filmmakers whose voices authentically reflect marginalized groups in society. “Anyone and everyone who feels as though they’re on the outskirts of what is represented in our mainstream media, we welcome.” McLachlan said. “When selecting films for our screenings, we look at issues like LGBT, race and religion, women filmmakers and groups that we feel are under-represented and need a bigger voice”.
Their non-profit 501c (3) festival ran three full days this July with plans to grow to five days in the summer of 2017 that could include national satellite events in other cities around the country. “We want to impact communities that might not know much about what or how diversity may look like from a cinematic point of view”, McLachlan added. “A longer festival and more satellite events will allow filmmakers a much more fair and equitable opportunity on screen and networking with other filmmakers and the media.”
Having spent over ten years in the industry as an actor (currently an active SAG/AFTRA member) and educator, McLachlan’s time working with people has allowed her the skill set to understand the unique perspectives of creatives and connect them with others in the industry that often lead to empowering filmmakers to tell much more diverse and compelling multi-cultural stories. “When it comes to Women in Film, there clearly is an in balance of female characters in films these days.” she says. “One of the goals of LADFF is to help change that by bringing more films to screen that accurately and fairly represent our culture at large especially our female audiences world-wide.”
The LADFF accepts films of all genres and lengths including animation while each screener and programmer looks at each film with a very particular critical eye making sure the stories meet the festival commitment to showcase empowering and educational films from these unique groups within our culture.