Catalina Film Festival


Catalina Film Festival, an annual celebration of film on the only West Coast resort island, features more than 75 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, Stanley Kramer “Social Artist” Award, and the ISLA Earth Award; an honor presented by the Festival’s beneficiary, the Catalina Island Conservancy.


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Our Mission


The Catalina Film Festival is a non-profit Public Benefit Corporation comprised of industry professionals 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 presents a wide spectrum of film making: feature films, 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 (which is a category awarded along with our beneficiary, the Catalina Island Conservancy), honoring those filmmakers dedicated to nurturing their goal of protecting, restoring, and experiencing 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 are treated to unreleased films independent film screenings, past festival winners, past greats 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 filmmakers also get to utilize the beautiful interior conserved by our beneficiary, 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 filmmakers career is looked into so we can see how they were influenced as an artist and how they came to make the films we see on screen.