ABOUT + CONTACT

OVER THE BRIDGE AND A WORLD AWAY

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL 

The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) is a 501 (c)(3) charitable corporation in good standing whose mission is to welcome makers and lovers of film from all over the world to the storied seaside village of Coronado, California to celebrate the magical art of visual storytelling. Coronado’s enduring love affair with Hollywood began more than a century ago at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, our festival’s Presenting Sponsor. Launched in 2016, CIFF quickly established itself as a unique, walkable, destination film festival. Through year-round events and screenings, Q & A’s, workshops, live performances, informative panels, celebrity tributes, and awards presented by juries of respected industry pros, the festival continues to attract filmmakers at every level of their craft, celebrities, and various industry notables who come to experience the best of independent, studio and student films in an intimate and welcoming environment.

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!   

Over the bridge from downtown San Diego, a world-class destination awaits presenting a world-class celebration for cinematic art! We invite filmmakers from across the globe to a festival that is, at once, both cosmopolitan and intimate, a rare combination that allows for an indelible experience that lasts long after the lights go up.

STELLAR PROGRAMMING   

Over the past 9 years, CIFF hasn’t slowed down! We have screened a blend of notable independent films, Studio Premieres, alongside Oscar-nominated features and shorts.  Our 2023 San Diego exclusive premieres included; Past Lives, Fallen Leaves, May December, Maxine’s Baby, Shayda, Common Ground, Deep Rising, Robot Dream, Eileen, and Taste of Things, 2022 Films included; Empire of Light, She Said (2022 CIFF Audience winner), Women Talking, The Inspection, Corsage, CODA, C’mon C’mon, King Richard, Julia, 7 Days, PIG, Nomadland, JoJo Rabbit, Marriage Story, Clemency, A Hidden Life, The Finest Hours, Darkest Hour, Green Book, ROMA, and The Favourite, Dealing with Dad, One Child Nation, The Donut King, Kiss the Ground, The Capote Tapes, Billie and River to name a few.

Our SHORTSFEST has regularly included Oscar + BAFTA nominees and winners, along with short list nominees! Including 2023 Oscar Nominee The Last Repair Shop, (Jury Winner Best Doc) 2022 Oscar nominated short list, Stranger at the Gate, Steak, Nuisance Bear, 2022 BAFTA nominated, Bus Girl (a CIFF 2022 Jury winner) 2021 Oscar winner The Queen of Basketball, 2021 Oscar shortlist, The Criminals, and 2020 Oscar-nominated Live Action short, Nefta Football Club and OSCAR Winner, The Neighbors’ Window.

THE INDUSTRY 

NETWORK + CONNECT  Our connections to the industry are deep and filmmakers have access to industry leaders in a casual unpretentious setting. CIFF has established an esteemed Industry Jury team that selects and awards cash prizes. Industry South of LA is thriving with filmmakers, writers, producers, content creators artists in hair, make-up, set design —  working professionals in the entertainment, film, television, video, industry at all levels of the craft and production. CIFF showcases and honors their talent.  

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CIFF’s festival-goers applaud the vision of filmmakers who use film as a platform to educate, illuminate, and entertain the world. The four-day pedestrian-friendly festival offers a slate of more than 80 films cultivated from a diverse selection of genres, plus compelling panels, lively workshops and of course, parties! Mingle with industry leaders including our Host and Honorary Jury President, film critic and author, Leonard Maltin, whose Celebrity Tribute has become a festival highlight, honoring emerging talent, composers, cultural icons, humanitarians and legendary actors whose contributions have impacted the film industry in an indelible way. Past honorees include Richard Dreyfuss, Nancy Utley, Ann Blyth, Alexandre Desplat, Alex Wolff, Cloris Leachman, Dean Cundey, John Toll, Lois Burwell, Diane Warren, Kris Bowers, Michelle Philips, Stephen Bishop, Andy Garcia, and Jacob Trembly.

OUR LEGACY

Coronado’s film legacy and enduring love affair with Hollywood began back in the earliest days of filmmaking when “movie people” were irresistibly drawn to the legendary hospitality of the iconic Hotel del Coronado, the festival’s presenting sponsor, built at water’s edge in 1888. Coronado Beach is consistently ranked in the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. by numerous travel magazines and blogs. The island’s perfect weather and close proximity to Los Angeles have continued to make it a favorite Hollywood go-to spot since the days when industry pioneers such as Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin strolled the town’s avenues, followed in time by the likes of John Wayne, Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe and Tom Cruise in the soon-to-be-released “Top Gun: MAVERICK.

CONTACT US

GENERAL

info@coronadofilm.com


TICKET SALES + CUSTOMER SERVICE

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VOLUNTEER

volunteer@coronadofilm.com

PRESS + MEDIA

chelsea@coronadofilm.com


MEMBERSHIP + BENEFACTOR DEVELOPMENT

development@coronadofilm.com


FILM OFFICE

filmoffice@coronadofilm.com

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