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The 2010 International Surrealist Film Festival
Downtown Independent
Los Angeles, CA
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The 2010 International Surrealist Film Festival

Someone once suggested to Salvador Dali that if he put a telephone in a jar of honey, that that would make a great Surrealist work of art. Dali disagreed. He said putting a phone in a jar of honey is in no way surreal, but FINDING a phone in a jar of honey, now that would be truly surreal. We agree and are looking for that phone.

This is our 20th anniversaryour 9th festival and we have moved to Downtown LAWe couldn't think of a more Surreal location.

There will be a live organist (or band) present..

The GRAND PRIZE is a vintage 16mm BOLEX MOVIE CAMERA. Categories and other prizes will be decided by the judges after all films are viewed. Past years categories ranged from most abrasive to most oblique to the coveted Duchamp award.


- Chris Gore -
Chris Gore is a writer, filmmaker and a television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the film world. As a teenager, Chris founded the legendary Film Threat, which began as a fanzine. He is also an author having written three books including The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide (Random House) which is considered the bible of the industry and required reading at film school. He was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Independent Film by Film Festival Today magazine.

- Jennifer Lynch -
Jennifer Chambers Lynch is a director and screenwriter, best known for writing the book The Secret Diary Of Laura Palmer and for writing and directing the 1993 feature film Boxing Helena. Lynch was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of artist and filmmaker David Lynch and painter Peggy Reavey At the age of three, Lynch appeared in her father's Eraserhead. Lynch is back into the spotlight with the film Surveillance which took top prize at the Festival de Cine de Sitges and she was the first woman to win Best Director at the New York City Horror Film Festival. She was recently announced as director of the film Nagin a.k.a. HISSS.

More judges TBA.

SURREALISM, n. Pure psychic automatism, by which it is intended to express, verbally, in writing, or by other means, the real process of thought. Thought's dictation, in the absence of all control exercised by the reason and outside all aesthetic or moral preoccupations.

Leave everything. Leave Dada. Leave your wife. Leave your mistress. Leave your hopes and fears. Leave your children in the woods. Leave the substance for the shadow. Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future. Set off on the roads." Andre Breton

"The function of genius is to furnish cretins with ideas twenty years later." Louis Aragon


Downtown Independent
251 South Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States



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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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