| The opening night of the Santa Clarita International Film Festival is coming soon


It’s December, which means the return of the opening night of the Santa Clarita International Film Festival is just around the corner.

The Santa Clarita International Film Festival (SCIFF) will kick off on Thursday, December 9 at 5 p.m. and continue its four days with the awards ceremony on Saturday and the festival ending on the night of Sunday, December 12. .

The SCIFF has obtained more than 100 short and feature films which will be screened daily from 10 a.m., and 30 films scheduled to be screened virtually for those outside the state or the country, the SCIFF being a festival of the hybrid film.

The virtual program will include online screenings and studio interviews with filmmakers, musicians, local politicians and celebrities. The concept of a hybrid-style event is for this gathering to serve as a springboard to a new way of showing independent short and feature films to the world, and to work as a way to present festivals in the future, after Covid- 19 times.

Festival submissions run the gamut from drama to theological, with the theological program closing SCIFF on Sunday.

The festival’s opening night will take place at the newly added location of the Laemmle Theater in Newhall and hosted by Southern California broadcast icon and weather presenter, Fritz Coleman. Coleman spent his forty-year career with NBC but is also a well-known comic.

The remainder of the festival, December 10-12, will be hosted by the Regal Edwards Theater a few blocks away in Valencia.

SCIFF is an arts festival using film as a centralized presentation medium, the goal is to empower the Santa Clarita Valley community, the artists and members of the industry who live there.

Many musical and comedy programs have been added to the event. 27 musical acts, groups and individual artists of all kinds are engaged and will entertain the crowds of SCIFF in the entertainment plaza of the city hall of Valencia, every day from 10 to 12. The comedy part of the program will include 22 actors. performing nightly, at intermittent hours on the Entertainment Plaza.

Other famous celebrities who will be in attendance are Los Angeles radio and comedy legend Frazer Smith, Johnny Whitaker, who played Buffy’s brother Jody on the popular Family Affair TV show that aired from 1966 to 1971 on CBS. , and Rodney Allen Rippy, the former child actor who claimed the Jumbo Jack burger was too big to eat in the Jack in the Box commercials he starred in the 1970s. Frazer and Whitaker will serve as screening hosts , while Rippy will have the participants laughing as a guest of live comedy.

While Fritz Coleman will host the opening night, he will also conduct interviews with several of the celebrities in attendance under the guise of his theme “From the past to the present.” Words of wisdom for a changing landscape ”. “SCIFF wants its seasoned guests to share their endless knowledge and years of entertainment wisdom with our talented creators and festival guests,” says founder Lisa De Souza. “We believe there is a need for reconnection right now, and these guests bring not only talent, but familiarity and a sense of comfort to this type of space. A lot of people grew up with or had parents who grew up with these people in their creative spaces, whether in movies or on television ”.

The opening night of the festival will kick off with the screening of the feature film Fireboys. The film focuses on the youth incarcerated at the Pine Grove Conservation Camp in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Drew Dickler and Jake Hochendoner co-wrote and co-directed the film. Fireboys is the untold story of young men incarcerated in California who are offered a way out: fighting forest fires.

The 28-minute short Two Heads Are Better Than One is also screened the same evening. This film follows the life of Benjamin Ferencz, the last living prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials. The Nuremberg Trials were a series of thirteen trials that took place in Nuremberg, Germany, between 1945 and 1949. The defendants included members of the Nazi Party, senior military officials and various high-level professionals who were indicted. crimes against humanity.

The Santa Clarita International Film Festival is also very proud to participate in revenue sharing with filmmakers who have been accepted into the program and who will see their films screened. SCIFF will share 20% of all box office ticket sales with these lucky festival attendees. SCIFF’s focus on community building is why this offering exists.

For full event information and talent bios, visit the festivals website.


Gerald R. Schneider