CIFF announces the highlights of the 2021 Film Festival lineup | News from Coronado Island


Coronado has long embraced its Mayberry-by-the-sea cadence, a vibe that carries over into the culture and events held on the island, including the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF). Celebrating its sixth year, the festival will take place from November 10-14, 2021. The highly anticipated in-person event will screen nearly 100 films, including short films, documentaries, studio and independent feature films, and emerging student films. and a list of internationally renowned films. . A selection of films and the Shorts Fest (13 titles) will also be available on request. The festival is a fusion of red carpet moments mixed with the charm and understated elegance for which Coronado is famous.

Although still young in the festival years, the festival has attracted industry luminaries and industry leaders to host panels, workshops and be honored at the annual Leonard Maltin Celebrity Tribute, held in the iconic Crown Room at Hotel Del Coronado. The festival is honored to announce this year’s Tribute Award winners: The Leonard Maltin Tribute Award will honor Nancy Utley, whose 21-year legacy and stellar management of Searchlight Pictures have resulted in more than 38 Oscars and 148 nominations. Oscars, including “Nomadland” in 2020.

The Festival honored Chloé Zhao with the first Leonard Maltin Tribute Award in 2020. Zhao, director and screenwriter of “Nomadland”, became the first Asian / Chinese woman to win the Oscar for Best Director. Artistry in film will be presented to Mayes Rubeo for costume design. His work has earned him an Oscar nomination for “JoJo Rabbit” and most recently an Emmy nomination for Marvel’s “WandaVision”. Other films include “Apocalypto”, “Avatar”, “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Warcraft: The Beginning”, “World War Z” and “John Carter”. Mayes will also be hosting a MasterLab Costume Design Workshop, space is limited for this incredible opportunity. The Cinematography Prize will honor Gabriel Beristain, born in Mexico into a legendary theatrical family and whose work has been recognized in Mexico, the United States and throughout Europe. Well known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for his contributions to “Agent Carter” (TV) and “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Iron Man” (all 3) and recently “Black Widow”. He worked with David Mamet and Guillermo Del Toro.

The flagship film of the festival will be Warner Brothers, “King Richard”, starring Will Smith in a role he has mastered perfectly, as the father and coach of tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams. Focusing on the early years of their lives, training in Compton surrounded by drugs and gang violence, his determination to change the trajectory of their lives has often been misunderstood and has earned him a controversial reputation in the tennis world. . At the San Diego premiere, CIFF will screen the international opening night film “The Best Families”, a brilliant comedy, written and directed by Javier Fuentes-León and starring fiery Jely Reategui. Additional opening and closing night films will be announced shortly.

In an effort to broaden the diversity of films and filmmakers, CIFF is proud to host the West Coast / California premieres for several international films, “The Braves” (world premiere in Cannes) and “The Hill Where Lionesses Roar ”, the director’s first film. by Luàna Bajrami (world premiere in Cannes, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Calgary International Film Fest). The festival will also feature its most diverse roster of short films, with many filmmakers in attendance for Q&A.

Other highlights include BET Originals, “I’m Fine (Thanks for asking)” starring Kelley Kali, a film that reminds us that people have more going on in their lives than we imagined, ” 7 Days “, a COVID romantic comedy starring Karan Soni and Geraldine Viswanathan, a heartfelt and hilarious take on human intimacy in a time of uncertainty and social transformation, and the feature documentary” Far East, Deep South “on a Chinese-American family from San Francisco discovering surprising roots in Mississippi.

It is traditional for the festival to honor veterans with the annual Salute to Veterans performance and music showcase featuring the Coronado Band, Music Vitale, main guest, military chaplain, veterans, filmmaker, Justin Roberts (“No Greater Love”) and a short film. The event is open to the public but reservations are required. Special engagements include the film “Living Through It” and an expert panel co-hosted with Safe Harbor and filmmaker Daniel Kennedy on suicide prevention and survival. Do not miss the 75th anniversary of the retrospective and rare short documentary “Cruise of the Zaca” with Errol Flynn. Film historian Leonard Maltin will be joined by Rory Flynn (Errol’s daughter) and historian Tim Reid.

For a full list of films, panels, special events and MasterLab workshops, visit the Festival Program Guide on the festival website.

The Emerald Festival badge (all-inclusive programming badge – some restrictions apply) are on sale now and allow advance reservations. Individual tickets will open Thursday, October 14 to the general public.

The latest COVID protocols for the Festival are available on the website and can be changed at any time before the festival dates.


Gerald R. Schneider

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