Wednesday and Thursday:

Casual to effortless chic is expected on Opening Day.
No athleisure outfits, please!


While a formal cocktail dress code isn’t as strict as black tie, it’s not an invitation to wear just anything. The Catalina Film Festival is expecting you to dress up for the occasion and this should be reflected in your outfit. Anything too tight, short, or revealing is a big “no,” as well as jeans, ripped clothing, shorts, and sandals (for men).  Black-tie is also welcome on Friday if you choose to. These red carpet photos are an opportunity for you to show the world what celebrating your achievement looks like.

Saturday (Awards Evening):

Black-tie attire is a dress code reserved for formal evening events. Guests commonly choose floor-length gowns and suits or tuxedos when attending a black-tie event. Although evening gowns are standard fare for black-tie events, you can get away with a formal cocktail dress (of the longer variety) or even an elegant suit.


Our added LATE NIGHT BOATS on the Catalina Express will ONLY be returning to the SAN PEDRO TERMINAL at night!  This is just a few short miles from Long Beach.  Please book your Catalina Express boats out of SAN PEDRO so you can get to/from your parked car for all the fun each night!  Boats depart the island at 11:58PM both Friday & Saturday.

Again, you don’t want to park in Long Beach and return to San Pedro, you will need to Uber/Lyft back to your car if that happens.

Since 2011, Year-Round Education And Entertainment Efforts Have Included:

As an integral part of the Catalina Film Institute’s educational mission, the Catalina Film & New Media Summit is a part of our non-profit focus to foster the growth of filmmakers so they can learn from industry leaders while being inspired with their surroundings, peers’ creative work, and fun networking events.

Participation includes panels, educational seminars, pitches and networking events with both filmmakers and industry executives participating and collaborating.

Unreleased independent film screenings, festival winners, great historical films, as well as filmmaker Q&A’s and meet-n-greets to explain the process behind their films.

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.

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.