Our non-profit mission on the USA's only west coast resort island (right here in Los Angeles County), is to help celebrate and promote our filmmakers to the Los Angeles arts and entertainment community, but also to help support the local community of Catalina (“Hollywood’s Island”) with all of its rich cinema history and protected beauty.
Through our screenings, industry panels and networking events, the festival attendees are exposed to the Hollywood experience through a wide spectrum of film, industry meetings and interactions. Separate from our main film competitions, and along with our beneficiary the Catalina Island Conservancy, we also have special honors for filmmakers dedicated to conservation who are nurturing their goal of protecting, restoring, and experiencing the power of nature.
Our festival mission is designed to help create a platform for the filmmakers to be seen, but more importantly, to help get them the industry exposure they will need to help sustain their craft for many years to come.
The clear blue water around this sub-tropical island is right in Hollywood’s backyard with all its majestic beauty and rich iconic cinematic history. Catalina is where Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille all screened the first “talkie” films in the world’s first-ever sound movie theatre (an 1,184-seat movie palace) inside the world famous Avalon Casino building. This exotic island has been entertaining Hollywood’s elite for over 100 years, as Catalina was once home to Marilyn Monroe, hosted 30 years of spring training for baseball’s Chicago Cubs (where sportscaster Ronald Reagan was discovered by Warner Brothers), and has been the Southern California vacation spot for all of yesterday’s and today’s stars; from Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Orson Welles, Natalie Wood, Errol Flynn, Mickey Rooney, Winston Churchill, Jane Mansfield, Harrison Ford, Barbara Streisand, Katy Perry, Ryan Gosling, Sharon Stone, Robert Downey, Jr., Kate Bosworth, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more.
Multiple screening venues are located around different parts of the island, all within walking, biking and/or shuttle distance. Attractions on the island range from enjoying the clear blue-water beaches from a cabana, glass-bottom boat tours, zip-lines, world-class scuba-diving and snorkeling, hiking, camping, kayaking, para-sailing, wild-life bus tours, shopping, massage/spa, golf, miniature golf, botanical gardens, bike rentals, golf-cart rentals, and so much more...
There are numerous yacht services and ferries that will take you from Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, as well as helicopter and airplane rides that take only 15 minutes from the mainland. Once on the island, you will feel like you left the United States for an exotic destination; but remember, you're still in Los Angeles County!