What is the Los Angeles Film Festival? It's the most high-profile showcase for previously unseen movies without a distributor in L.A. Sponsored by Film Independent, the nonprofit that also hosts the Spirit Awards, LAFF celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Where is it held? The vast majority of LAFF's program screens at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live downtown. A smattering of other selections takes place at venues including LACMA, the Grammy Museum, California Plaza and even Union Station.

How do I get tickets? Passes ranging from $80 (for current college students) to $2,500 (all access) are available, as are individual tickets, at lafilmfest.com/tickets. Single tickets go for either $11 (matinees), $13 (regular screenings) or $20 (galas, aka big movies, such as the world premiere of Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys).

If I don't reserve a ticket online, can I show up anyway? Rush lines do exist and may be a good option for those who won't lose sleep over whether they'll get into the new Michael Fassbender movie, but be forewarned: There's always someone who wants in more than you do, so show up early.

Anything else I should know? Unlike AFI Fest, the other major L.A. festival, LAFF doesn't play many films that have already gained traction and acclaim at earlier festivals. There are always hidden gems and pleasant surprises, so dig deep and be adventurous.

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