See days below for requirements by event:

Wednesday Sept 26

Long Beach, CA

F & NM Summit: Casual
Daytime: Casual
Nighttime: Cocktail/Party Attire

Thursday Sept 27

Long Beach, CA

F & NM Summit: Casual
Daytime: Casual
Nighttime: Cocktail/Party Attire

Friday Sept 28

Catalina Island, CA

Daytime: Island to Casual
Nighttime: Red Carpet Suits & Dresses

Saturday Sept 29

Catalina Island, CA

Daytime: Island to Business Casual
Nighttime: Red Carpet Black Tie – Tuxes & Gowns

Sunday Sept 30

Long Beach, CA

Daytime:  Casual


The Catalina Film Festival is held within Southern California and on a beautiful sub-tropical Island during the fall season, where temperatures can range from the 65-90 degrees Fahrenheit (13-32 degrees Celsius). Therefore, coordinating your daytime and nighttime outfits with The Catalina Film Festival’s dress code is key.

Most of our festival events are casual dress code, but Friday & Saturday Galas and Red Carpet events will have an enforced dress code. If you are choosing to purchase a ticket to only one of the events on those evenings, you still must adhere to the dress code.


Getting there is fun and simple. If you love the ocean and would like a chance to see some whales or dolphins on your way to Catalina Island, then you can chose from our chartered festival Party Cruise boats that leave from Long Beach in the morning and come back at night, or one of the regularly scheduled Catalina Express (Long Beach, San Pedro & Dana Point) or Catalina Flyer (Newport Beach) boats. Want to go by air and enjoy the aerial view? Get there in 15 minutes from Long Beach & San Pedro, or 28 minutes from Burbank, with Island Express helicopters!


SHUTTLES: All venues are within walking distance, although the festival will supply certain shuttles to venues located further away from downtown Avalon.

CATALINA ISLAND TRANSPORTATION: If you’re running tight on time to your next event (and don’t want to walk), there is a cash only island taxi service that is available to you.


In an effort to make the Festival a more interactive experience the Catalina Film Festival encourages the filmmakers to attend and conduct a Q&A after the film. This is your opportunity to ask them your questions about the making of their film.


Catalina Film Festival works to make each of its venues physically accessible for all Festivalgoers. Advanced noticed is recommended for us to provide the best possible service. Some venues require advance notice for patrons with ADA needs. Please contact


Mostly all of our films have not yet been reviewed by the Motion Picture Association of America and therefore do not have an MPAA rating (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17).  Therefore, parents should carefully read film descriptions and use their discretion when considering what might be appropriate for their children. The film information provided in our online and printed Festival Guide will help you make informed choices.


VIP Pass holders enter first, followed by Festival Pass, Film Pass holders & individual ticket holders. All ticket and pass holders must arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to show time. As our venues can fill up, please know that a pass does not guarantee you a seat, so please be aware of venue capacities and arrive early for the most popular films and events.  One individual per seat must be present for each seat, as there are no holding seats.  Since seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, you must be present in the theatre to have claimed your seat.