Film festivals allow movie buffs to experience the full gamut of independent cinema, from performances by unknown actors to cameos by renowned boom mics. Explore the spectrum of celluloid-based art with today’s Groupon to the 2011 Bel-Air Film Festival. Choose between the following options:
For $30, you get a general-admission film-festival pass (a $75 value), with a choice from the following options:
- One pass for events on Friday, October 14th, starting at 7:30 p.m. and located at the UCLA James Bridge Theatre and the Luxe Sunset Hotel
- One pass for events on Saturday October 15th, starting at 12:45 p.m. and located at the UCLA James Bridge Theatre
- One pass for events on Sunday October 16th, starting at 2:30 p.m. and located at the UCLA James Bridge Theatre and the Luxe Sunset Hotel
For $65, you get a VIP film-festival pass for October 12–October 17 (a $200 value).
The Bel-Air Film Festival shines a bright light on film reels from around the world, offering a diverse schedule of independent shorts, documentaries, and feature-length films. The fest kicks off with My Father's Will, a U.S. feature that centers around a wealthy businessman who, in accordance with his father's last wishes, must distance himself from his affluent identity and hefty bank account for one month of self-discovery, reflection, and, most likely, frozen TV dinners. Starting Thursday, things heat up with four to five showings a day, including The Italian Key from Finland and Trophy Kids from American director Josh Sugarman. Friday and Saturday's festivities conclude with complimentary wine-tasting events before after parties and competitive Kurosawa name-droppings take center stage. Monday wraps up the whole festival with a screening of Face to Face, a film many consider to be the Australian version of 12 Angry Men.
For a full week of movie merriment, guests can equip themselves with a VIP all-access pass, sashaying through the opening night red-carpet gala and honing caricature-drawing skills during the celebrity-led film panel. The gala will honor Crash producer Bob Yari, writing duo Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz, and actor Victor Alfieri, who stars in My Father's Will.