On Saturday, November 14, the festival will live stream the 2020 JURY AWARDS from one of Coronado’s most historic and celebrated homes, with our Honorary Jury President, Leonard Maltin, the esteemed jury, and award recipients.


Coronado’s Film Legacy
Coronado’s enduring love affair with Hollywood began back in the earliest days of filmmaking when “movie people” were irresistibly drawn by the island’s perfect weather and close proximity to Los Angeles, making 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, just this past year, Tom Cruise in the soon-to-be-released “Top Gun: Maverick.”

THE SPRECKELS MANSION | Just off the sweeping coastline and the sand dunes is the island’s most coveted shoreline real estate harking back to the days when estates and “beach cottages” of San Diego’s most affluent residents summered on the shore. One such residence is the Spreckels Mansion, originally known as the “beach house” as the original mansion build in 1906, is now the Glorietta Bay Inn, will serve as the backdrop for our 2020 Jury Awards. The grandeur of the home speaks to another time and era in craftsmanship and design. This timeless setting is the perfect location to host an occasion celebrating the best in cinematic excellence!

THIS EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

Saturday, November 14, 2020

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm


THE JURY AWARDS HAVE BEEN GRACIOUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY

The Emerald Award(s) Sponsored by Ken Fitzgerald and Ruby Carr

Dr. George M. Sanger Student Film Award(s) – Wendy McGuire AND Dev Purkayastha

The Dale St. Denis Female Filmmaker Award(s) – Doug St. Denis


THE JURY AWARDS LOCATION IS GRACIOUSLY SPONSORED BY

Scott Aurich

Coronado Real Estate Broker for Pacific Sotheby’s

ESTEEMED JURY MEMBERS

LEONARD MALTIN
LEONARD MALTIN
HONORARY JURY PRESIDENT

NARRATIVE FILM


LISA BRUCE, HEAD JUROR
LORI HUCK
ROB RAMSEY

DOCUMENTARIES


CLAUDIA PUIG, HEAD JUROR
ANN WALKER, KIRA WOJACK

SHORTS


JIM GALLAGHER, HEAD JUROR
JON ANDERSON


COMPETITION AWARDS

Awards may include, but are not limited to, the following categories:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film


JURIED CASH AWARDS

Advocating for strong independent voices in film, CIFF offers numerous cash awards to support emerging and independent filmmakers.


DALE ST. DENIS FEMALE FILMMAKER AWARD

TERRY CURTIN, HEAD JUROR
KRISTIE KERSHAW


A $5000.00 Award Donated in memory of Dale St. Denis, Coronado architect, artist, and staunch supporter of the women who brought CIFF to life, by his wife Doug St. Denis.

Three cash prizes will be awarded for excellent achievement by one or more female filmmakers in any category:

$2,000 – The Mary Pickford Award for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. Named for the industry pioneer whose vision, persistence and independent spirit took her from ingénue to major celebrity to producer of her own films, to co-founding United Artists studio.

$2,000 – The Fearless Female Filmmaker Award for outstanding achievement by a female filmmaker who started with an idea, ran with it, and brought it to the screen for the rest of us to discuss, debate, and perhaps even shift our perception.

$1,000 – The Frances Marion Award for outstanding achievement in screenwriting by a female. Named in honor of the legendary artist, director, and two-time Academy-Award winning screenwriter during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

EMERALD AWARD

NANCY MCRAE, HEAD JUROR
PETER MCRAE


Sponsored by Ken Fitzgerald and Ruby Carr
Any category

A $5000.00 Award Awarded to the film or films that best portray the following: A person (or persons) who identifies a need or wrong, takes a risk, and works selflessly to promote peace, education, freedom from oppression, well-being, and/or protection of the planet and all that live upon it. A film that reminds viewers that each of us can be a force for good in the world.

In the event of more than one winner in this category, the cash prize will be distributed among the winners at the judges’ discretion. 

THE DR. GEORGE M. SANGER STUDENT FILM AWARD


MITCHELL BLOCK, HEAD JUROR
PATRICIA RIGGEN
KIM MAGNUSSON
VANESSA BLOCK

A $5000.00 Established in memory of the beloved Coronado physician who “always loved encouraging young people,” by his wife Blossom, and underwritten by daughter Wendy McGuire, and son in law Dev Purkayastha

We are honored to present this award on behalf of the Sanger family. The jury will select one grand prize film that will be awarded $2,000 and the remainder of the prize funds will be divided at the discretion of our jury members regardless of category, representing the best of young, fresh, emerging film talent.

In the event of more than one grand prize winner (jury tie), the cash prize will be distributed among the winners in an amount determined by the jury.

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