The Pan Pacific Film Festival is scheduled to launch on August 6th-8th, festival organizers have announced, unveiling a new lineup of jurors as well as dozens of top Hollywood filmmakers and executives who will speak on the art of filmmaking during a half dozen workshops.
Launched in 2008 by Korean-American businessman Ken An, the festival is known for highlighting films that are both inspiring and entertaining and will feature short and long form documentaries and narrative films.
The festival will boast an impressive lineup of major Hollywood talent who will participate in workshops that will cover topics like producing, directing, marketing, casting, new media, music, education and others. Panelists will include Howard Kazanjian (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Cale Boyter (Elf, The Spongebob Movie, Wedding Crashers), Howard Klausner (Space Cowboys, Reagan), Chris Lockhart (WME), Will Wallace (Tree of Life) Jon Erwin (Mom’s Night Out,) John Sullivan (America: Imagine the World Without Her, Mark Joseph (Reagan, Tolkien & Lewis), Justin Chang (Variety’s chief film critic), and many others.
In addition to screening all nominated films during the daytime, the festival will also highlight two upcoming films; Frank vs. God and Return to the Hiding Place. Sunday evening, August 9th, the general public is invited to screen the Korean film The Tenor, Lirico Spinto, a touching story of a talented musician who looses his singing voice at the peak of his career due to thyroid cancer and the fight to regain it.
Jurors for the prestigious festival include Justin Chang, world renowned artist Makoto Fujimura, who served as Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts and the Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Michael Ramirez among others.
“We have received more top quality films from around the world than any other year,” said An, CEO of the festival. “We look forward to a great weekend of movies.”
The festival will include a red carpet, musical performances, a VIP dinner and screenings of all nominated films and will take place in the Los Angeles area suburb of Fullerton. Discounted tickets are available for students.
For more information please go to: http://www.panpacificfilm.com