EMAV Review: Las Vegas Film Festival reflects a strong audience amid a struggling identity

A moment from Benjamin Berman’s “Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary”

Although its position as the premier film festival in town has been secure for a number of years, the Las Vegas Film Festival still seems like it’s struggling to find an identity, and this year’s event was at times frustrating, even while it highlighted a number of strong selections and provided plenty of support to the local filmmaking community. Although the festival was spread out over eight days, there were only two or three events on most days, and the schedule was split between the Brenden Theatres at the Palms (where the festival had been held for the last couple of years) and Downtown’s Inspire Theater (where the festival was located before its move to the Palms). Along with some delays and technical difficulties, that gave the event a bit of a disjointed feel, although turnout at most of the screenings I attended was strong.