CATALINA FILM FEST RETURNS TO LONG BEACH WITH 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CARPOOL CINEMA &“DRIVE-THRU RED CARPET” SEPT 25-26

Carpool Cinema Screenings at Scottish Rite Event Center in Long Beach featuring Wes Craven Fright Night Block, A Nightmare on Elm Street, L.A. Social Club Block & The Breakfast Club

The show must go on! Catalina Film Festival (CFF) is thrilled to announce two ways to celebrate their 10-Year Anniversary! In addition to Carpool Cinema live and in-person, CFF will also be virtual, streaming globally via FilmFestivalFlix.com, online anytime, September 18-27. Movie lovers from around the world can log on to stream 119 official selections, including star-studded and independent feature-length narratives, short films and documentaries by award-winning, international filmmakers.

CFF’s Film & New Media Summit will be going LIVE virtually from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with online panels: Fade In: Screenwriters Panel on Friday, Sept 18; The Art of Acting on Sunday, Sept 20; and ACTION: Director’s Panel on Monday, Sept 21. Tune in for additional filmmaker Q&A’s and get a sneak-peek at indie feature, Grace & Grit, starring Mena Suvari in a pre-release interview with cast & crew by Deadline Hollywood’s Geoff Boucher. Movie set to release later this year as a CFF World Premiere theatrical screening.

Locals can celebrate with CFF’s first-ever CARPOOL CINEMA and DRIVE-THRU RED CARPET on September 25-26 at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Long Beach, located at 855 Elm Avenue. Limited tickets available for these exclusive events, featuring two-nights of socially-distant entertainment. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a drive-thru RED CARPET experience with step-and-repeat paparazzi photos and park-and-watch films. Guests will have access to food vendors and cash bar with official programming piped right into your car speakers, sponsored by FilmFestivalFlix.com.

CARPOOL CINEMA FREE BONUS FEATURE FILMS

● FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 / CFF’s WES CRAVEN FRIGHT NIGHT FREE Bonus Screening: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Kicking off the annual Wes Craven Horror Block at sundown (on Elm Avenue) with short films: Gaslight, In the Deathroom, Mask of Sanity, Milk Teeth, Mongrel, Need Anything, One Last Thing, Overkill – all in competition for the coveted Wes Craven Award. CFF is the only competitive Festival in the world to have an award sanctioned by the king of horror himself. Followed by a FREE bonus screening of his cult-classic, slasher film, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET starring Johnny Depp (in his first movie ever.) Dress in your best HORROR PANDEMIC FACE MASK for a chance to win prizes.*

● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: THE L.A. SOCIAL CLUB FREE Bonus Screening: THE BREAKFAST CLUB Saturday Night Social Club toasts to nostalgia. First a round of independent cinema in the L.A. Social Club Shorts Block featuring films: Balloon, In Hollywoodland, Liquid, Ride in Progress, Thank you Kindly, and Un Hombre Debe Aprender, followed by the 35th Anniversary of John Hughes iconic film, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy & Anthony Michael Hall. Dress in your best 80s MOVIE PANDEMIC FACE MASK for a chance to win prizes.*

Tickets for the Carpool Cinema events are $40 per vehicle, including one person per seatbelt. Masks are mandatory and must be worn at all times when outside your vehicle. All-Access Streaming Passes for the Catalina Film Festival Channel are $125 and include 119 official selections. Individual film tickets are available for $12. For tickets and complete film schedule: www.catalinafilm.org.

ABOUT CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL & FILM INSTITUTE

Catalina Film Festival is an annual celebration of film in Southern California with coastal screenings and events in Long Beach and on Hollywood’s island, Catalina, just 22 miles off the Los Angeles coast. Past CFF honorees include Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Kevin Hart, William H. Macy, Andy Garcia, Sharon Stone, Emmy Rossum, Richard Dreyfuss, and more. CFF is a competitive festival with awards in multiple U.S. and International categories, including the prestigious Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award, Charlie Chaplin ICON Award, Wes Craven Horror Award, and the Island’s Conservation Award. 2020 sponsors include The Cafaro Group, Building Image Group (BIG), Bogart Spirits, REED’S INC, REZ – Recovery Brands, BANDERO Tequila, FilmFestivalFlix.com, Long Beach Scottish Rite Event Center, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards, and Sprint. Follow @CatalinaFilm, #CatalinaFilm www.catalinafilm.org. *See social media + website for contest details.

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