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A Banner Event?

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L.A. Film Fest leaders want to turn it into a world-class event. First, they must convince the locals.

June 16, 2002|LYNN SMITH | Lynn Smith is a Times staff writer.

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Other Southland Film Festivals at a Glance

AFI Fest

Established: 1987

Next: Nov. 7-17

Number of films: 120-plus

Attendace: 40,000-plus

The point: To capture the diversity of L.A., provide filmmakers with industry exposure and celebrate world cinema.

Representative films: "No Man's Land" and "Dogtown and Z-Boys."

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Hollywood Film Festival

Established: 1997

Next: Oct. 1-8

Number of films: 50

Attendance: 25,000

The point: To bridge the gap between Hollywood and the global creative community.

Representative films: "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" and "An American Rhapsody."

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Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Established: 1982

Next: July 11-22

Number of films: 241

Attendance: 40,000

The point: To connect audiences, filmmakers and the industry through gay-, lesbian-, bisexual- and transgender-themed films and videos.

Representative films: BTD "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Kissing Jessica Stein."

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Palm Springs International Film Festival

Established: 1990

Next: Jan. 9-20

Number of films: 150

Attendance: 70,000 (includes summer shorts festival)

The point: Former Mayor Sonny Bono saw the festival as a chance to add vitality to the city. It features most of the films submitted for the best foreign-language Oscar.

Representative films: BTD "Monsoon Wedding" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Established: 1985

Next: Feb. 28-March 9

Number of films: 124 (in 2001-2002 festival was shortened to five days)

Attendance: 30,000

The point: To showcase American independent and international films; nurture aspiring filmmakers; preserve and sustain cinema as an art form.

Representative films: "Festival in Cannes" and "The Man From Elysian Fields."

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Times staff writer Kevin Crust contributed to this story.

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