About the Catalina Film Festival

Catalina Film Festival, an annual celebration of film on the only California Coast resort island, features more than 90 films, nightly events and entertainment. From Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe, celebrities and filmmakers have flocked to Catalina for inspiration. Clear blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for unparalleled premieres, yacht and mansion parties, industry networking and discovering everything that the island has to offer— just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.

Films are screened at multiple venues around the island, including the iconic, art deco, 1,200-seat Avalon Theatre— the world’s first sound theatre. Catalina Film Festival is a competitive festival with awards in up to 10 categories, including the prestigious Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation “Great Communicator” Award, Charlie Chaplin ICON Award, and Stanley Kramer “Social Artist” Award.

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Our Mission

The Catalina Film Festival is a non-profit Public Benefit Corporation comprised of industry professional that love film and the creative process (and people) involved with making it happen. Our platform is based on education, art and entertainment, and supporting the local charities and economic stimulus of Catalina during the off-season months. Through amazing independent film screening and inspiring events, the festival present a wide spectrum of film making: feature film, documentaries, screenplays, animation, short films, horror, student work, and also focuses on a separate series of films within the festival that are dedicated to conservation, honoring those filmmakers dedicated to nurturing their goal of protecting, restoring, and experience the power of nature all over the planet.

Year-Round Education And Entertainment Efforts Include:

Monthly Catalina Film Society screening series, Est. 2011

Catalina residents & tourists are treated to unreleased independent film screenings, past festival winners, past great and/or historical films, as well as filmmaker Q&A’s to explain the process behind their films.

Catalina Film Institute, Est. 2012

Avalon is a picture-perfect city nestled between the Avalon Canyon and Avalon Bay. Catalina has influenced artists and writers for hundreds of years, and it is at the center of this environment that the Institute happily exists, but the filmmakers also get to utilize the beautiful interior conserved by the Catalina Island Conservancy. There are different programs to take advantage of at the Institute, but all get to be creatively inspired by the enchanting scenery of this historic and beautiful island.

Catalina Film Radio Program, Est. 2012

Introspective one-on-one interviews with today’s top independent filmmakers. Every filmmaker’s career is looked into so we can see how they influenced as an artist and how they came to make the films we see on screen.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Ron Truppa

Delious Tim Kennedy

Xiomara Ferretti

Advisory Board

Carl Cafaro

Blanny Avalon Hagenah

Charles M. Jones

Ed Begley, JR.

Executive Team

In alphabetical order:

Linsay Bouma Associate Director
Jen Paroly Director of Hospitality
Emily Carroll VP of Operations
Jennifer Chidester Director of Public Relations
Michelle Czernin Von Chudenitz-Morzin Manager of Special Events
Jeff Daly Social Media Support
Eric Duran Operations Manager
Xiomara Ferretti Co-Founder/Director of Operations
Karyl Johnson Festival/Filmmaker Liaison
Khrystyna Johnson Operations Manager
Delious Tim Kennedy Co-Founder/Director of Entertainment
Jessica Kill Manager of Special Events
Chris Lebedeff Technical Coordinator
Steffanie Siebrand Director of Visual Media
Luis Sinibaldi Media Support
Michael Smith Technical Director
Ron Truppa Founder/Executive Director
R. David Truppa, Sr. Finance Director
Gena Vazquez Director of Film & New Media Summit