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  • Arts & Culture


13547 VENTURA BLVD200Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 United States

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Mission Statement

The Catalina Film Institute is a non-profit Public Benefit Corporation comprised of industry professional that love film and the creative process (and people) involved with making it happen. Our platform is based on education, art and entertainment, and supporting the local charities and economic stimulus of Catalina during the off-season months. Through amazing independent film screening and inspiring events, during our annual Catalina Film Festival, the festival presents a wide spectrum of film making: feature film, documentaries, screenplays, animation, short films, horror, student work, and also focuses on a separate series of films within the festival that are dedicated to conservation, honoring those filmmakers dedicated to nurturing their goal of protecting, restoring, and experience the power of nature all over the planet.


Catalina Film Festival, an annual celebration of film on the only California Coast resort island, features more than 90 films, nightly events and entertainment. From Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe, celebrities and filmmakers have flocked to Catalina for inspiration. Clear blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for unparalleled premieres, yacht and mansion parties, industry networking and discovering everything that the island has to offer- just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.
Films are screened at multiple venues around the island, including the iconic, art deco, 1,200-seat Avalon Theatre- the world’s first sound theatre. Catalina Film Festival is a competitive festival with awards in up to 10 categories, including the prestigious Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation "Great Communicator" Award, Charlie Chaplin ICON Award, and Stanley Kramer "Social Artist" Award.


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