Catalina Film Fest celebrates 12 years

Catalina Island event Destination Weekend set for Sept. 23-25

Pictured (L-R) Andy Garcia, Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy and Roman Coppola arrive at the 2014 Catalina Film Festival Premiere of 'Rudderless' on September 27, 2014 in Catalina Island, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Catalina Film Festival announced their 12th annual celebration of film returns to the mainland in Long Beach at the Scottish Rite Cultural Center on Wednesday – Thursday Sept. 21-22, then sets sail to its namesake Catalina Island for a destination weekend of film screenings, parties and red carpet premieres at the historic Avalon Casino, Friday – Sunday, Sept. 23-25. Online festival selections will screen on the streaming platform, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9. 

Long Beach Highlights:

Master Classes: Film Finance Workshop and Screenwriters Panel featuring Leo Chu (Founder CAPE’s New Writers Fellowship)  Eric Garcia (Showrunner/Producer), Micaela Wittman (Clairevoyant), Arthur DeLarroche (Remy & Arletta), moderated by Nikki Fowler 

The Craft of Acting Panel featuring Jon Huertas (This is Us), Melora Hardin (The Office), Aleksa Palladino (The Irishman), Greg Tarzan Davis (Top Gun Maverick), Lance Reddick (The Wire)

Wes’s Wicked Wednesday Films: 

Wes Craven Shorts Block in Competition

Catalina Film Festival has the only official Wes Craven-sanctioned Horror Awards Category, with winners selected by the Craven family  

HIDE Screening, Q&A & Cocktail Reception 

Opening Night Feature FIlm & After Party: Malibu Horror Story 

Thursday Social Films: 

Reckoning with the Primal Wound, hosting the night’s after party.

Bring Them Home, special presentation with Q&A and reception 

Thursday Night Feature Film: Sober 

Catalina Island Highlights:

The Lions Den: 15 select filmmakers pitch their film to Hollywood & independent  producers, investors for possible onsite funding

Friday Red Carpet US Premiere: On Our Way with cast in attendance: Sophie Lane Curtis, Micheál Richardson, Jordana Brewster, Ruby Modine, Keith Powers

Saturday Red Carpet Feature Film: Mental State, cast/crew in attendance

Invite-Only VIP Parties at private estates for filmmakers & VIP badge holders

Masterclasses: Film Commissioner’s Panel featuring Sabrina Jurisich, Christina Glynn, Charla Teeters, Tasha Day, Jim Luttjohann; Produce & Distribute your Best Feature Film with Jen Goyne Blake, Producer, Founding Director Sundance LA; Kalani Dreimanis, Epic Pictures; Producer/Actor Andrew Chapelle 

Known for its storied history and sweeping views, Catalina Film Festival hosts the annual awards ceremony and red carpet premieres at the iconic Avalon Casino Theater. Past celebrity guests and honorees include Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Kevin Hart, Mira Sorvino, William H. Macy, Andy Garcia, Sharon Stone, Emmy Rossum, Richard Dreyfuss, Kate Bosworth and more. CFF is a competitive festival with awards in multiple categories, including the Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award, Wes Craven Horror Award, and Conservation Award. 

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Catalina Film Fest celebrates 12 years