Awards season has arrived, sending movie goers scrambling to theaters to see the nominated films before Oscar's Big Night.
But what about all of those other films listed on the Academy Awards ballot? The Live Action Shorts, the Documentary Features, the Animated Films?
The Irvine Independent Film Festival, January 17 - 21, will feature nine Oscar-nominated selections in each of these categories, many that are rarely seen by the general movie-going public.
The festival showcases the work of independent filmmakers. For five consecutive nights, movie buffs can enjoy a wide variety of critically acclaimed films, right here in the heart of Orange County. All screenings will take place at Edwards Westpark Cinema in Irvine.
"Hollywood formula Films have their place,' said Jack Kaprielian, IIFF executive director. "It's good to see what general distribution movies have to say, but independent films give another perspective. They help us learn about other cultures, the way they think and express themselves."
Some of the highlights of this year's Irvine Independent Film Festival include:
Nine Academy Award Nominated Films
Best Documentary Short Subject
Open Heart—Friday, January 18th at 6PM
Mondays at Racine—Friday, January 18th at 6PM
Inocente—Sunday, January 21st at 4:30PM
Kings Point—Sunday, January 21st at 4:30PM
Best Live Action Short Film
Dood Van Een Schaduw (Death of a Shadow)—Saturday, January 20th at 12PM
Asad—Monday, January 21st at 3:30PM.
Best Animated Short Film
Head Over Heels—Thursday, January 17th at 8PM
Fresh Guacamole—Sunday, January 20th at 8:45PM
The festival opens at 8pm on January 17, featuring the documentary, The Iran Job, and the Oscar-nominated short, Head Over Heels.
At 4:15PM on Saturday, January 19, 2013 the festival will hold "An Evening With Mark Rydell," the director of The Rose, On Golden Pond and John Wayne's The Cowboys, including a Q&A with Mark Rydell.
Sunday morning, January 20, 2013 will feature young filmmakers and K-12 screenings, including the world premiere of Cardboard Camera a short film that tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who must not only create a film but his camera as well.
Beginning Monday, January 21st at 12:30PM a special afternoon of 10 short films honoring the work of the best of the International Cinematographers Guild emerging cinematographers films will be screened. The screening is to be followed by a panel discussion.
A gala award ceremony and evening of celebration is scheduled for 7:00PM on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Embassy Suites, Main Street, Irvine, CA to present honors and celebrate the winners.
In addition to honoring the best film at the festival in each category special awards will be presented, including:
A Lifetime Achievement Award being bestowed upon veteran actor and film producer Martin Landau,
An emerging Child Actor Award will be presented to Cole Jensen
To purchase tickets or for the Irvine Independent Film Festival Schedule of Events click here.