Organizers of the Coronado Island Film Festival have confirmed that next year’s four-day festival will be held Thursday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. These dates mark a change from the 2016 festival launch, which took place this past January over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
According to Executive Director/Founder Doug St. Denis, the November timing is a perfect match For Coronado. “We especially like that it’s Veterans Day weekend, given Coronado’s rich history of commitment and dedication to our men and women in uniform.”
Another advantage, noted Executive Director/Producer Andy Friedenberg, who also is the founder and longtime director of the Cinema Society of San Diego, is that the November dates create much greater opportunities for the festival to acquire pre- release films. “The November dates position CIFF at the beginning of Hollywood’s months-long awards season, which culminates in late February with the Academy Awards,” he said. “The dates should make Coronado’s four-day festival an attractive destination for studios, filmmakers and celebrities who have films to promote for possible nominations.”
Meanwhile, festival organizers are planning a full and exciting schedule of events over the next 16 months that include film screenings, fundraisers, celebrity receptions and parties. Watch for an outdoor movie event this summer, a November 2016 film event at the Vintage Village Theatre followed by an elegant reception at the Hotel del Coronado, a January 16 program to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and a dazzling CIFF Red Carpet Oscar Party on Sunday Feb. 26, 2017.
Visit coronadoislandfilmfest.com and watch your local media for updates as details develop.
In addition to the support of the festival’s Presenting Sponsor, Hotel del Coronado and the city of Coronado’s Major Sponsorship, CIFF President and CEO Mary Sikes attributed much of the success of the first year’s festival to the outstanding volunteer brigade of nearly 300. “Most have already offered to return,” she said. “And we’ll be sending out a request for more volunteers in the fall.” The festival is also happy to announce that renowned film critic Leonard Maltin will return next year as Honorary Jury President. In his IndieWire review last January, Maltin described the CIFF festival launch as “nothing short of a home run.”
Film submissions will open early spring 2017.