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Other Southland Film Festivals at a Glance
Next: Nov. 7-17
Number of films: 120-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."
Hollywood Film Festival
Next: Oct. 1-8
Number of films: 50
The point: To bridge the gap between Hollywood and the global creative community.
Representative films: "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" and "An American Rhapsody."
Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Next: July 11-22
Number of films: 241
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."
Palm Springs International Film Festival
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."
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Next: Feb. 28-March 9
Number of films: 124 (in 2001-2002 festival was shortened to five days)
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."
Times staff writer Kevin Crust contributed to this story.