May12-13-2017-FAFFLAArtParty’s Pick of the Week is the Fine Arts Film Festival!! If you love movies and you love art…the Fine Art Film Festival (FAFF) is THE PLACE to BE this Saturday, September 12, 2015.

The annual festival is presented by VICA, Venice Institue of Contemporary Art and curated by its founder Juri Koll (who happens to be a talented filmmaker and artist himself). The historic Beyond Baroque Theater in Venice will host the screenings and gala.

Twenty films from around the world will screen from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., concurrently in the upstairs gallery as well as in the main theater.  Mix and mingle with other art and film lovers and rub elbows with established filmmakers.

At 6:00 pm, come walk the red carpet and enjoy a screening of the Best Feature Narrative Film. The Awards Gala will follow in the outside courtyard. Sip wine and make new friends with other film buffs and/or art and film afficionados. Food sponsors include Bank of Venice, Flake and more.

The winners were announced on August 12:
• Best Narrative Feature Film – Vanitas. Director: Oscar Spierenburg, Belgium
• Best Documentary Feature Film – Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck. Director: Olympia Stone, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
• Best Short Film – Sonia’s Story. Director: Lorenzo Guarnieri, Italy
• Best Documentary Short Film – Big Head. Director: Jairo Boisier, Chile
• Best Director – Blue Notes. Director: Logan Stone, Chicago
• Best Student Film – The Emotional Dimensions of the James River. Director: Michelle Marquez, Midlothian, Virginia
• Audience Award Winner to be announced at the end of the Festival
The festival is dedicated to presenting the finest new films about art in the western capital of the art world. The films — narratives, documentaries, and experimental — tell stories about how art is made, how artists survive, how dealers and collectors think, and even how a great masterpiece is forged.

A very late entry, Other People’s Children is premiering for the first time in L.A. It is a narrative shot in the galleries, studios, streets and alleyways of downtown Los Angeles. Featuring Chad Michael Murray and Diane Marshall-Green this Official Selection is the feature debut of award-winning director Liz Hinlein.

FAFF-image2“We expect this festival will amaze audiences and draw a wide, intelligent and fun crowd from both the film and art world.” said Juri Koll, director of the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art.

Koll successfully screened his own film “Lisa Adams: As It Appears to Be, ” at the Crest Theater in June 2014 and began planning a film festival about the art world through ViCA. Shortly thereafter, he met Lynn Holley, a curator, consultant, and writer, through curator and critic Peter Frank. Lynn premiered the first FAFF in Santa Barbara in 2010.

Tickets are $15/single screenings; $25/all day screenings; $35 all day screenings and entry into the gala!

Go to the Fine Arts Film Festival website or Facebook for information.

What: The Fine Art Film Festival
Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
When: 11:00am-6:00pm – Screenings; Red Carpent – 6pm; Awards Gala – 9pm