LAGFF 2013 Hospitality

TRAVELING TO THE US

For those of you traveling internationally, please be advised that under the recent Visa Waiver Program (VWP), it is no longer necessary to obtain a VISA to travel to the US. Details are available at: http://athens.usembassy.gov/vwp-greece.htmlHowever, all individuals traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be required to obtain a travel authorization before initiating travel. ESTA is available free of charge and can be completed in 16 languages at http://www.cbp.gov/esta.

Please be aware that unauthorized third-parties have established web sites which charge visitors seeking to travel to the United States under the VWP, for information about ESTA and for submitting ESTA applications to DHS on behalf of the traveler. These businesses and websites are not endorsed or associated with the United States Government. The United States Government does not charge a fee to obtain information about, apply for, or obtain a travel authorization through the ESTA web site.

TRAVEL AGENTS
ATHENS
Golden Sea Travel Contact: Angelo
info@goldenseatravel.gr
Phone: 210-3256-950
Mobile: 6944-274935

US
Eddie Jack Travel
Contact: Eddie
eddie@eddiejacktravel.com
Phone: 323-230-9560

YOUR STAY IN LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles is a very busy city and there will be many events happening the same weekend as the festival! As such, accommodations can be expensive and quite limited. In an effort to assist you in keeping your expenses as reasonable as possible during your stay, I encourage you to arrange and finalize your plans as soon as possible!

ROAD CLOSURES / TRAFFIC DELAYS
Please be aware that some city events will cause road closures and traffic delays.  Please refer to your venue map and check back to this page for updates that will help you navigate the area surrounding the theater with as little frustration as possible. Don’t forget to always provide ample driving time to arrive at your destinations.

HOTEL
You have a variety of hotel options in the local area.
The Beverly Laurel Hotel
8018 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
+001 (323) 651-2441
RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH HOTEL (not on the website) TO GET THE FOLLOWING RATES:
STANDARD DOUBLE ROOM – $115 USD /per night + tax for up to 4 people – Includes Refrigerator and Microwave
DELUXE DOUBLE ROOM – $130 USD /per night + tax for up to 4 people – Includes Complete Kitchen
Hotel Photos and information available here: http://beverly-laurel.hotel-rn.com/

Please review your options at: www.hotels.com

Narrow your search by entering the Writer’s Guild Theater’s address:
135 S. Doheny Drive., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT
SUPER SHUTTLE
Reservations by Phone: +1-310-782-6600
Reservations Online: www.supershuttle.com

Approximately $18 USD per person, each way to/from LAX airport
*Discount if booked online.

AIRPORT TAXI SERVICE
If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel, simply exit the airport and ask to be directed to the nearest taxi stand.

The fare will vary (depending on traffic situations), but should cost approximately $50-70 USD each way.

TRANSPORTATION WHILE IN LOS ANGELES
TAXI, BUS, METRO are all readily available
If you are planning other activities outside of the local area during your stay, you may wish to consider renting a car as public transportation in Los Angeles is not always convenient.

RENTAL CAR
If you intend to rent a car, please visit www.onetravel.com for a list of agencies providing vehicles for convenient pick-up at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport Code:LAX

Many agencies offer optional GPS system rental which I highly suggest you consider as it will greatly help you navigate your way during your stay!

Please be advised of the following street closures during the film festival:

LA Gay Pride Parade
Friday, June 7, 5pm – 12am
Saturday, June 8, 12pm – 12am
Sunday, June 9, 11am – 11pm

The 2013 LA PRIDE Celebration, held in beautiful West Hollywood Park (647 N San Vicente Blvd) , is the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California. Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, headline performances, all new dance venues, numerous exhibitors, food and drink vendors and thousands of members of our vibrant and active community!

Parade
One of the largest and most inclusive parades in Los Angeles, the LA PRIDE Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on Sundayand travels westbound along Santa Monica Blvd., from Crescent Heights Blvd., to the main entrance of the LA PRIDE Festival at San Vicente Blvd. Over 400,000 will participate in this emotionally charged gathering showcasing the colorful diversity and creative community participation of the LGBT community. Attendees should plan to arrive early.

Traffic
Traffic will be closed on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Dr. starting at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. Santa Monica Blvd. will re-open immediately at the end of the end of the Parade, which may be as late as 4:00 pm.