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Friday, September 13, 2019

F3PR: 9th annual Catalina Film Festival returns September 25-29

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PRESS RELEASE

9th ANNUAL CATALINA FILM FEST
RETURNS TO SISTER CITY BY THE SEA --
LONG BEACH LAUNCH & LANDING BOOKENDS
ISLAND FEST WITH PREMIERES, PARTIES & EVENTS
AT THE QUEEN MARY SEPT. 25-26 & 29

Chartered Boats Available Daily to and from Catalina
for the Island Fest Sept. 27, 28

Oscar-Winning Actress, Mira Sorvino,
Among Honorees Slated to Attend

Los Angeles, CA (September 10, 2019)-Catalina Film Festival (CFF) is excited to announce its return to Long Beach, capturing the best of both coasts and iconic, historic film venues for its 9th annual film fest. The continued partnership connects the island festival’s experience to the mainland Sept. 25-29, 2019, bookending CFF with “launch” and “landing” premieres, parties and panels Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday in Long Beach. Catalina Island will play host to CFF Friday and Saturday, with Festival-chartered party cruises to and from the Queen Mary Terminal daily.

Just a few highlights of 9th annual Catalina Film Festival include:

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25- OPENING NIGHT ABOARD THE QUEEN MARY
The Opening Night feature film is the comedy Babysplitters. When two couples with mixed feelings about having kids hatch a plan to share one baby, it seems like the perfect compromise until things spiral out of control. Written and directed by Sam Friedlander, Babysplitters stars Emily Chang (The Vampire Diaries), Danny Pudi (Community), Mark Feuerstein (What Women Want) & Maiara Walsh (The Last Ship). Filmmaker/Cast Q&A after the screening in the Queen’s Salon.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26-THURSDAY THRILLER: WORLD PREMIERE OF DARK HARBOR, STARRING JOEL MCHALE & JESSICA SIPOS
Thriller Thursday takes over the Queen Mary with World Premiere screening of Dark Harbor, starring Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) and Jessica Sipos (Chesapeake Shores, Wynonna Earp), directed by Joe Raff. Cast confirmed to attend: Jessica Sipos, Xander Berkeley, Meagen Fay, Connor Trineer, Jillian Armenante, Reiko Aylesworth, Sterling Hurst, and Nick Wolf.

Thriller Thursday also includes the annual Wes Craven Horror Block at 6 p.m. – CFF is the only competitive Festival to have an award sanctioned by the king of horror himself – plus, The Talk, directed by Kevin Alejandro (confirmed to attend), best known for his role as Detective Dan in Netflix’s Lucifer. Catalina Film Fest’s Film & New Media Summit also kicks off Thursday on the Queen Mary featuring two panels: Film Finance: Hands on Workshop (10 a.m.) and Making your First Feature Film (12:30 p.m.)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 & SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 : SET SAIL TO CATALINA FOR THE LIONS DEN, RED-CARPET PREMIERE AND TRIBUTE TO ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS MIRA SORVINO
The Festival heads to Catalina Island for two full days of premieres, panels and events. Daily roundtrip cruises are available from Long Beach. A few highlights of the island action include:

  • The Lion’s Den Pitch Panel. Stacked with prospective film investors, this pitch-fest matched accredited investors with filmmakers seeking funding for their projects on Friday.
  • CFF honors Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion), and spotlights World Premiere of Badland, starring Sorvino, Kevin Makely (Big Legend), Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight), Trace Adkins (I Can Only Imagine), and Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29-BEST OF FEST ON THE QUEEN MARY IN LONG BEACH
Best of Fest winning films announced Saturday night on Catalina Island will be screened on the mainland in the Queen’s Salon all day. NEW THIS YEAR: CFF launches a new streaming channel, featuring 67 official selections in competition for the 2019 Film Festival. Streaming passes to the Catalina Film Channel are available September 1 – 30, 2019 for only $7.99. Passholders have 30 days from the point of purchase to watch films in competition and vote for their favorites.

For more info, visit filmfestivalflix.com/festival/catalina-film-channel/

Full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit 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, 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, Ronald Reagan Foundation "Great Communicator" Award and the Island's Conservation Award. 2019 sponsors include The Cafaro Group, Building Image Group (BIG), Bogart Spirits, REED’S INC, REZ – Recovery Brands, BANDERO Tequila, Catalina Express, ABK BEER, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards, and Sprint.

Follow @CatalinaFilm, #CatalinaFilm , www.catalinafilm.org.


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