Coronado Island Film Festival Dates Jan 15-18, 2016

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Inaugural Launch January 15-18, 2016

he Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) invites filmmakers everywhere, from aspiring student to respected pro, to experience Coronado's legendary hospitality for one long holiday weekend in the historic seaside village of Coronado, California, where makers and lovers of film have gathered for more than a century. Coronado's world-class beaches, perfect weather, and proximity to Hollywood have made it a favorite go-to spot for the stars since the days when Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin strolled the Avenue. That same avenue, with its unique shops, blooming gardens and alfresco dining, was recently named one of the five "Most Romantic Main Streets" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Movies have played a starring role in Coronado's rich history since 1901. In 1915 we had our own Lubin Studios on the bay. A series of venerable oldies inspired by Coronado's glamorous days of early Naval aviation were filmed on location here, starring the likes of Clark Gable and James Cagney. Then came such modern film classics as Some Like it Hot and The Stunt Man, featuring the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado, CIFF's Presenting Sponsor. Scenes from the more recent Act of Valor were filmed in Coronado, proud home of the elite US Navy SEALs. Lisa Bruce, producer of the Academy Award winning film The Theory of Everything, grew up in Coronado and came home for two very special packed-house screenings of her film during Oscar Week of 2015.

Film is the one art form that spans economic, educational and generational divides. Movies are for everyone! What we're looking for in our festival is excellence in filmmaking: films that are smart and beautifully written, films that entertain us, surprise us, teach us, thrill us, inspire us, make us think, make us mad, make us laugh or make us cry. We're partial to films that take the human spirit to a higher place. Categories include narrative features, short films (both narrative and animated), and documentaries of every genre. We will recognize and encourage students and emerging young filmmakers. We will invite and pay tribute to "special guest stars" - seasoned pros whose work has already enriched our lives, inviting them to participate in panel discussions and workshops during the festival. Awards will be given in all categories, including the Garrett Scott Documentary Award, named in memory of the rising young documentary filmmaker and graduate of Coronado High School who died in 2006.

CIFF is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 tax-exempt corporation whose mission is to celebrate the magical art of visual storytelling.

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