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14th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival (LAFIFF) announces TMS Entertainment, ELEVEN Arts Anime Studio, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), SAG-AFTRA Diversity Department, WGA Women's Committee, The Governor's Office of Film and Entertainment State of Florida, Columbia College Hollywood are leading the key sponsor's for this year's festival.The festival will take place from October 11-14, 2018 : Regal Cinemas at LA LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.1000 W. Olympic Blvd. 90015

LOS ANGELES - Oct. 12, 2018 - EntSun -- TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. (better known as TMS), one of the world's largest and most distinguished animation studios.  TMS has won worldwide recognition from the international filmmaking industry for its highly-acclaimed animation, pioneering techniques and proud commitment to quality. With a dedicated team of development, production and design executives, TMS's growing reputation is reflected by the versatility, artistry and originality of the programs the company has produced for international markets.

Established in 1964, TMS has produced more than 200 features, and over 100 TV program series, with a total of 12,000 half hours for global distribution. TMS will continue to strive for excellence. TMS website: www.tms-e.com/english/

TMS Entertainment will host a special screening on October 12th, 4pm at the Regal Cinema at LA Live a FREE SCREENING. The segment will feature episodes of the popular anime series MEGALOBOX. There will be a Q&A panel following the screening with series producer Minako Fujiyoshi, moderated by writer Joelle Sellner. Admission is free of charge and reservations can be made at:

rsvplafemmefilmfestival@gmail.com.

Leslie LaPage from LA Femme states: "We are thrilled to be able to screen and have such wonderful female animation creators Minako Fujiyoshi and Joelle Sellner. Women have long been appreciated more in Animation overseas then on the domestic coast but the overall advancement of women in animation is starting to be seen worldwide with a rippling effect in the US".

ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio is a Los Angeles-based distribution company known for bringing high-quality Japanese anime to North America. ELEVEN ARTS' anime titles include ​Girls Und Panzer Der Film, Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, Digimon Adventure Tri. Chapter 1: Reunion, the Evangelion franchise, The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto:  Naruto the Movie, The Anthem of the Heart, Sailor Moon R: The Movie, Yu-Gi-Oh!:  The Dark Side of Dimensions, Sword Art Online: The Movie -Ordinal Scale-, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, A Silent Voice, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection,  Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern, and most recently Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms.

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ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio will hold a special screening of the award-winning anime feature Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, Friday, October 12th at 6PM, followed by a Q&A with VP of Development and Production Paramount Animation, Emily Nordwind, moderating and a screening of Liz and the Blue Bird, Sunday, October 14th at 12PM.  Both screenings will be at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 at LA LIVE.  Founded in 2005, the LA Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers and works "by women, for everyone."

"We could not be prouder to have these two incredibly powerful titles screen at the LA Femme. Director Mari Okada and director Naoko Yamada are incredible women whose work continues to shape the anime industry. We are honored to be bringing the films to this festival and to the broader North American audience," says Ko Mori, President and CEO of ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio.

Leslie LaPage from LA Femme states: "We are thrilled to be able to screen and have such wonderful female animation creators Minako Fujiyoshi and Joelle Sellner. Women have long been appreciated more in Animation overseas then on the domestic coast but the overall advancement of women in animation is starting to be seen worldwide with a rippling effect in the US".

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, (SPE's) Diversity and Inclusion program seeks to create a working environment where differences are celebrated and each employee can feel valued and respected.  In so doing, SPE is aligned with LAFIFF's mission to change the industry's corporate culture for women in film and television in order to provide them with more opportunities in which to utilize their creative talents and interests.

Columbia College Hollywood will sponsor the panel "INTEGRATING YOUR BRAND INTO A WEBSERIES/SHORT TO LAUNCH YOUR CAREER" will be held at the college, Regal Cinemas LA LIVE, on Saturday October 13th at 11 A.M to 1 P.M.  The panel is composed of experts who have succeeded and will provide a tangible path for attendees to do the same.

LAFIFF has dramatically helped change the culture of women creating content in media. As the leading boutique women's festival in the country, LAFIFF has been a forerunner in enhancing the opportunities for those women breaking into entertainment.

TV writing is experiencing a resurgence as narrative TV shows are winning audiences with compelling storylines. Companies as Sony Pictures Entertainment is a leaders in this new TV age drama/comedy surge.

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LAFIFF is a four-day festival that screens more than 100 films and hosts special screenings, seminars, and networking mixers. The 2018 festival is the 14th season launching October 11-14, 2018 at the Laemmle Theatres in Beverly Hills on Wilshire Blvd. with amazing seminars sponsored by SAG-AFTRA, WGA West, The Governor's Office of Film and Entertainment State of Florida, and Columbia College Hollywood, TMS Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment and ELEVEN Arts Anime Studio. Go to www.lafemme.org to purchase Tickets. The festival culminates Sunday night with an Awards Show honoring and celebrating Female Hollywood Entertainment Professionals and Celebrities on October 14, 2018 at the South Park Center Theatre.

LAFIFF has celebrated the careers of such notable talented executives and performers such as: Patty Jenkins (Monster), Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2), Angela Bassett (What's Love Got to Do With It), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Diablo Cody (Juno), Vivica Fox (Kill Bill), Rosanna Arquette (After Hours), Lea Thompson (Caroline in the City), Katherine Fugate (Army Wives), and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids).

A Special thanks to the companies who donated products for our goodie bags: Monster (Espresso coffee drinks); LipSense (kiss proof lipstick); HaloSmile (100% Peroxide-free Temporary Teeth Whitener); Jersey Shore Cosmetics (Super Sativa Medicinal Hydrating Balm); Emmy's Organics (Coconut Cookies); Empower Bodycare (Topical Relief Oil); Base Culture (Almond Brownie, Cashew Butter Blondie, Cocoa Raspberry Brownie); San Miguel Olive Farm (Drizzle Oils); Kush Creams (Hemp Infused Lotions); Livity Foods (Hemp Protein Bars); Lola Ade (Handmade Earrings); Navitas (Superfoods Snack Bars); SoChatti (Pure Melted Chocolate); Fourth & Heart (Ghee); Rhythm Superfoods (Kale Chips); Kay's Naturals (Chili Nacho Chips, Crispy Parm Chips, Cinnamon Cookie Bites); Green Plus (Organic Wild Berry Superfood Bars); Tallowderm (Lavender Skin Balm, Lip Balm, Deodorant Balm); Kelly Anne Hair (Hair Shampoo and Conditioner); Monster Energy (Espresso Monster); Feminist Sticker (Feminist Stickers); Dr. Bronner (Peppermint and Lavender Soaps, Organic Hand Sanitizer); Dr. Wima Beauty (Hair Complex Oil); Grove Collaborative (Rosemary & Lavender soaps and Coconut Lotions); Goddess Garden (Softening Night Serum); Aquais (Hair Wraps); Creative Handbook (The Industry Reference Book); Ecostatic (Sticky Notes) Dollhouse Makeup (celebrity makeup)

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.lafemme.org/tickets/

Media Inquiries: For additional information or to schedule an interview with Leslie LaPage about the films and LA Femme Film Festival please contact:  Deborah Gilels, ddgilels@prodigy.net, Cell: 818-648-9513

Visit the website at www.lafemme.org

Media Contact
Deborah Gilels
ddgilels@prodigy.net
818-648-9513


Source: Deborah Gilels ; LA Femme Intl. Film Festival

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