DOC LA — Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival — organized by the esteemed Parajanov-Vartanov Institute, will screen and award outstanding films by students, emerging auteurs, and established masters to give Angelenos an opportunity to see great examples of World and American cinema. DOC LA furthers the mission of the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards established in 2010.
While the festival's focus is documentary cinema, we will program films of any genre (including animation, experimental, and music videos) whenever we discover unique or charming work. We are also enthusiastic about strange and unclassifiable films since the institute that presents the festival is named after the renowned nonconformists Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) and Mikhail Vartanov (1937-2009) who overcame censorship, persecution and low budgets, and earned praise for their daring point of view from many of cinema’s greatest luminaries, such as Godard, Coppola and Tarkovsky, and inspired the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga.
DOC LA programmer is their disciple and UCLA alum Martiros M. Vartanov who's served as a curator and juror at festivals in Busan and Beverly Hills, and worked on the restoration of the masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates selected for Festival de Cannes. He also presents the institute's annual awards whose honorees include Academy Award ® winning director Martin Scorsese, Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, French cinema icon Jean Vigo, the legendary screenwriter Mardik Martin, Oscar ® winning actress Emma Thompson, as well as Alfred Molina, Emilio Rivera, Usher, Mark Ruffalo, Angela Bassett, and Grammy-winning rock band System Of A Down.