The Catalina Film Festival and Film Summit returns for its 7th year of discovering and celebrating films from around the world with filmmakers and film-lovers at the Los Angeles-based sub-tropical island “a heartbeat from Hollywood” Sept 27 – Oct 1 2017.
In previous years the festival has honored cinema legends including Academy Award winners and nominees Andy Garcia, Sharon Stone, Nicolas Cage, William H. Macy and more; as well as acclaimed filmmakers F. Gary Gray, Jon Favreau, Composer Diane Warren, Marvel honco Stan Lee and more! This year in addition to screening hundreds of movies and hosting dozens of events, we will once again host our Saturday night Gala in the historic Catalina Island Casino Theater.
Each year our passionate team screens thousands of films looking for the very best from around the world to screen — including shorts and features. We are proud to both discover hidden gems sharing with the world as well as welcome back acclaimed filmmakers who return with their next stories eager to share with our curious audience before crowds around the globe also get to enjoy them.
Excited to be returning is the Catalina Film & New Media Summit. A 3-day masterclass in film production featuring keynotes, panel discussions, and conversations with studio executives, independent companies and acclaimed creative professionals. Past years included Academy award-nominated producer/screenwriter Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs OJ Simpson), Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns), Matthew Wilder (Dog Eat Dog), Matt Hooper (IME Law).
Join us this year as a filmmaker or a film-lover to discover new stories, new filmmakers and enjoy a few relaxing days of the island life!