Love is in the air at the Cambria Film Festival
–Its first year was a success, so the Cambria Film Festival is hosting another four days of movies dedicated to the complexities of love. Scheduled for Feb. 7 -10, (just before Valentine’s Day) the festival takes advantage of the romantic Central Coast seaside setting that is Cambria and use four different venues to screen approximately 50 different feature and short films.
This year’s entries represent the best of nearly 1600 entries from around the globe, including features and shorts from 18 different countries. Following the screening of their films, 20 different filmmakers will participate in Q&A sessions.
“For our 2019 program, we’ve added more films, more screening times, coffee talks with filmmakers, book signings, and a variety of receptions,” said Dennis Frahmann, director of the Cambria Film Festival.” “While we sold out our VIP and Film Pass program, individual tickets are still available for individual showings just prior to the screening.”
Highlights of this year’s festival include a Saturday night salute to the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. It features a panel that includes Don Hahn, the film’s executive producer; Jeff Kurtti, the director and writer of a documentary about the film; and Robert Tieman, former manager of the Walt Disney Archives.
At the close of the event in a special champagne gala Sunday evening at the Hearst Castle Theater at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, the Festival will announce its awards:
- The Nancy Green Founders Award for the Best of the Fest
- Best Feature Film
- Best Short Film
- Audience Awards for Best Feature and Best Short
Following the awards ceremony, the festival will screen The Thin Man from 1934.
The festival is an official activity of the Allied Arts Association of Cambria, a local non-profit dedicated to local arts. The festival receives funding from the Cambria Tourism Board and the San Simeon Tourism Alliance. Additional sponsors include Cambria Pines Lodge, Cavalier Oceanside Resort, Hearst Ranch Winery, Linn’s of Cambria, New Times, Robin’s Restaurant, The Cambrian, and other local businesses.
For more information about the festival, visit www.CambriaFilmFestival.com.