The 2nd Evolution!

Hollywood  International Film Festival, 2013

took place July 27th & 28th at the Los Angeles Film School. The Festival included 25 films, 2 red carpet events and the support of sponsors such as; Final Draft, Directors Notebook, Pretzel Chips, Krave Beef and Hint Water. The festival was attended by 350 international guests.

On July 9, 2013 the 2nd Evolution! International Film Festival (EIFF), in conjunction with The Los Angeles Film School announced the selection of films screening at its annual International Film Festival, taking place July 26 and July 27, 2013 at the prestigious Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood. This year over 300 movies out of 26 countries, in 22 different languages were submitted to EIFF, making it a truly global Film Festival. The final selection marks 24 US, North America and International films in 10 different languages.


"There is no doubt that we live in a global society. There is also little doubt that established structures are crumbling. In this context, opportunities to create compelling stories, rooted in the human experience, are endless,” said Ariel Levy, Program Director, Film at the Los Angeles Film School. “These film-makers are the voices creating a new interconnected art form capable of transcending all differences."


Following a red carpet reception, the Brazilian film Xingu, by Emmy nominated director Cao Hamburger (The Year My Parent Went on Vacation) will serve as the opening night movie. The film, selected also for the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, will make its Los Angeles premiere at EIFF.  FAIR Quinoa Vodka, the world’s first Fair Trade, gluten-free, Quinoa Vodka, sponsors the Opening Night Reception.


"The overall theme of the projects submitted this year was Revolution and Freedom - movies and documentaries about every day life in war-zones and conflict stricken areas of the world," states festival director Sandra Seeling. "Filmmakers capture how people not only survive during crisis, but how they transform their lives, bridge cultures, embrace different perspectives and form new kinds of relationships."

The Jury

Elvi Cano, Executive Director of EGEDA US, Anthony Meindl, Founder of Anthony Meindl's Actors Workshop (AMAW) and Entertainment Correspondent Elliott Kotek, Editor-in-Chief of both, Beyond Cinema and, have been named jurors for this year’s Evolution International Film Festival (EIFF) in Hollywood. The task before the jury is to pick a winner between the various films in competition in the following categories: Best Narrative Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Documentary Short, Best Feature Screenplay, Best Student Short and Best Animated Short. The prizewinners will be announced during the closing ceremony on July 27th at the LA Film School.

"We are thrilled to have Ms. Cano, Mr. Meindl and Mr. Kotek join the jury of this year’s festival," states EIFF director Sandra Seeling. "I know that they will bring their passion and expertise to the Evolution International Film Festival, making this year’s festival even more exciting."

The Los Angeles Film School, 6363 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
July 26 and July 27 - Opening Reception and Red Carpet event on July 26


About the Jurors:

Elvi Cano moved from Spain to Los Angeles in 2006 and has been working since then in different fields related to the audiovisual industry such as production, casting, international sales and also as a TV correspondent and talent manager. She has worked with casting director April Webster on projects like “Lost” and “Army Wives” and with Spanish TV stations including La Sexta and Tele 5. In 2009 she took part in the production of the internationally acclaimed documentary “The Spanish Hollywood” and has provided production services to different Spanish productions in Los Angeles such as “Celebrities” and “El infiltrado”.

In January 2010 she joined the team of EGEDA (Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association) as the Executive Director of EGEDA US office in Los Angeles and has been producing the Spanish film series "Recent Spanish Cinema" in Los Angeles and Miami since then.

Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) in Los Angeles, where it was voted the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles by Backstage in 2011 and 2012 (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read). AMAW is also located in New York, London, Vancouver, and Australia.

Meindl's first feature film, “Birds of a Feather,” won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and he won Best Director at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Love, Backstage, and various spirituality podcasts. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, CW KTLA and was a panelist speaker at the 2013 GATE Transformational Story Conference. He is also the author of the new book, “At Left Brain Turn Right,” which helps artists of all kinds unleash their creative genius within.

Elliot V. Kotek is the current Editor-in-Chief of both Beyond Cinema magazine and, Elliot has been an Entertainment Correspondent for ABC Radio for 8 years. He's interviewed close to a thousand film personalities for The Hollywood Reporter, Paste, Flaunt, Inked, MovieMaker, Distinction for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Confidential, Gotham, GQ and Details' He is also the former editor-in-chief of Moving Pictures.

On-camera, Elliot has acted in more than a dozen films, frequently appears on Reelzchannel as a guest expert and Oscars co-host and wrote, directed and hosted the Moving Pictures Live! television program. He co-hosted the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet for IFC, and has moderated film discussions and actor tributes from Montana to Monaco.
Elliot has been honored with the NYU/Tisch Craft Award for acting, wrote a Directors Guild of Canada Best Short Film nominee, has won three Maggie Awards and has served on the juries of film festivals from Palm Springs to Abu Dhabi. Elliot is a member of the US Board of the Bahamas International Film Festival.


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