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DWF: LA  23rd Annual Festival Announces
2020 Film Slate and Virtual Event Schedule

Dances with Films Waltzes Into New Territory with a Live Virtual Film Festival August 27th-September 6th


DWF:LA (Dances with Films), the vibrantly independent film festival, announced today it’s going virtual. The 2020 lineup contains over 200 titles including narrative features, documentaries, pilots, web series, music videos, short films and films by young people. The entire festival, running Thursday August 27th through Sunday September 6th, will be in real time, allowing unique interactive experiences including a virtual red carpet, lounges with trivia nights and signature cocktails, panel discussions, Q&A’s and so much more.

The altered reality the world is living in right now brings an exciting change to its usual way of conducting the 23 year old festival, which normally is hosted at the world famous Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Instead, the Festival will bring its unique brand of discovery films to the World Wide Web.  Filmmakers and film lovers from all over the world will be able to connect as never before to watch and discuss (live!) these curated gems.


PAPER SPIDERS opens the festival on August 27th, starring award winning actress Lili Taylor, Stefania LaVie Owen, Peyton List and Max Casella. The film is directed by Inon Shampanier, and written by Shampanier and Natalie Shampanier. PAPER SPIDERS is a timely and bittersweet coming of age mother/daughter story that centers on the challenges of mental illness. The screening is followed by a virtual panel discussion with the cast, crew and others to bring consciousness to the vast mental health issues the U.S. faces.

BEFORE/DURING/AFTER, directed by Stephen Kunken and Jack Lewars and written by and starring Finnerty Steeves (Orange is the New Black), closes the festival on September 6th. Featuring many familiar faces including Richard Masur, Kristine Sutherland and Austin Pendleton, it’s an inspiring and relatable story of a middle-aged woman coping with a divorce.

More information will be coming soon to the brand new website, including the DWF:LA lineup of film titles, schedules, ticket information and fun surprises.