6:30pm Red Carpet  / 7:30pm Film Screening with Director/Producer Q&A Session

The 6th Annual Laughlin International Film Festival kicks off Thursday Night with Opening Night Film "The Song of Sway Lake". Come join us and walk the Red Carpet starting at 6:30pm, with the Film Screening at 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A Session with the film's Director Ari Gold and Music Composer Ethan Gold. For all opening Night Film Details visit the OPENING NIGHT FILM PAGE.

KICK-OFF AFTER PARTY @ Tropicana Trellis Bar

10:00pm LIFF Opening Night After-party

Join us for the Opening Night After-party on Thursday, October 12 at 10:00pm outside at the Tropicana Trellis Bar near Casino Dr. A great time to relax after a long day of traveling and network with other Filmmakers and Festival Guests. Enjoy live music, hosted appetizers, a cash bar and a photo backdrop under the Lights in Laughlin. Screening tickets for the Opening Night Film "The Song of Sway Lake" (7:30pm) include entrance to the kick off after-party at 10:00pm and can be purchased on the LIFF sales page now. 

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FRIDAY - Interviewing 101 w/ Eva Louis and Toy Taylor

2:30pm - 4:30pm Tropicana Coronado Room / By: Eva Louis

Join Eva Louis & Toy Taylor for "Interviewing 101" Friday Oct. 13th at 2:30pm in the Coronado Room at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. Learn the tips & tricks for being interviewed and interviewing others. The LIFF YOUNG FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL PASSPORT includes this workshop, where Young aspiring Filmmakers will be able to gain insight into the interviewing process, as well as enjoy a meal and catch 3 days of Films! This will be a very informative and educational workshop that can be utilized in many walks of life by all age groups. 



10:00pm - Pints Brewery in Colorado Belle

Come enjoy some refreshing beer and tasty food at LIFF's annual Oktoberfest in the Pints Brewery at the Colorado Belle starting at 10:00pm on Friday night. Catch up with fellow filmmakers after a long day of watching movies, it's a great time to plan out what films to see Saturday and Sunday during LIFF. Desert Dreams Studios will be sponsoring a fun Photo Booth where you can get your picture taken and share some laughs while enjoying one of their many signature craft beers! A fun way to spend your Friday the 13th!



11:00AM - Filmmakers and Actors: The Inside Scoop on the Audition Process

Come learn from husband and wife team Will and Sara Wallace exactly what happens before, during and after specific auditions. This workshop will help actors gain new insights and learn valuable tools to use during the audition process; as well as teaching aspiring filmmakers how to help bring out the best in an actor's performance. 



8:00pm Cocktail Hour  /  9:00pm Awards Show - Tropicana Pavilion Theater

LIFF's annual Awards Show kicks off Saturday, October 14th in the Pavilion Theater - Starting at 8:00pm with a Cocktail Hour with Hors d'oeuvres followed by the Awards Show at 9:00pm. LIFF will present Awards to Films in various categories, providing some entertainment and film presentations along the way. The Awards show will last approximately 2 hours with a short intermission. Our Event host Hotel and Casino the Tropicana Laughlin generously awards a $250 Cash Prize to the Best University Film of their choice at the LIFF Awards Show! This year LIFF will Award a Lifetime Achievement Award to Penelope Spheres!


SATURDAY - "DUDES" (1987) Special Film Screening

5:15PM - "DUDES" (1987) Film Screening with Director Penelope Spheeris

* Special Q&A Session Following the Film with Director Penelope Spheeris

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Urban angst meets the Wild West when three NYC punks (Jon Cryer of Pretty in Pink, Daniel Roebuck of River’s Edge, and Flea of Suburbia and the Red Hot Chili Peppers) on a road trip to California cross paths with a vicious gang and their psycho leader (Lee Ving, Streets of Fire and Fear). Aided by a pistol-packin’ knockout (Catherine Mary Stewart, Night of the Comet), a daredevil Elvis Presley impersonator (Pete Willcox), and mystical spirits of the past, they relentlessly pursue the gang to an epic, hallucinogenic, final showdown.  

Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization, Suburbia, Wayne’s World, Blacksheep, Beverly Hillbillies, Little Rugrats), Dudes blasts a killer soundtrack featuring The Vandals, The Little Kings, Keel, Jane’s Addiction and Steve Vai.

Come join us for this special screening of "DUDES" with Special guest and Director Penelope Spheeris in attendance and who will participate in a Q&A session following the Film Screening. LIFF will present a LIFF Lifetime Achievement Award to Penelope at the LIFF Awards Ceremony Saturday night at the Tropicana Pavilion Theater. You don't want to miss this fun, rock road trip adventure film!




10:00AM Filmmaker Breakfast Buffet / Filmmaker Discussion Panel

LIFF Hosts our annual Filmmaker Breakfast Buffet with Filmmaker Discussion Panel in the Tropicana Pavilion Theater, touching on Filmmaking topics including: Directing, Producing, Acting and various aspects of the Film Industry. Various Vendors will be set up in the Pavilion. Come join us for a tasty Breakfast and listen to Filmmakers share their wisdom and experience from working in Hollywood.

Join us for our annual Filmmaker Breakfast and Panel Discussion. Enjoy a Buffet Breakfast and some Mimosas from the Tropicana sponsored Mimosa Station. LIFF hosts a panel discussion covering topics including Filming on Location and the challenges of Indie-Film Production. Don't miss our special LIFF Raffle during the breakfast, various prizes include a Carnival Cruise package for LIFF @ Sea 2017!


Tropicana Laughlin Hotel & Casino
(800) 343-4533
2121 S. Casino Dr.
Laughlin, Nevada 89029

Laughlin Stadium 9 Cinemas
(702) 299-4293
1955 S. Casino Dr.
Laughlin, Nevada 89029