The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) cordially invites makers and lovers of film everywhere to join us in this unique historic seaside village.
Come celebrate our enduring love affair with Hollywood that began when the historic Hotel del Coronado, our Presenting Sponsor, had barely opened its doors. That romance continues uninterrupted to this day.
The island itself will provide the magical setting for four jam-packed days of parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, Special Events, celebrities, live performances, new films, filmmakers, treasured classics, interesting venues, awards, tributes, blooming gardens, beach walks, sunsets, friendly locals, and shops and restaurants for every taste, along with a wide variety of films by filmmakers from every level of the craft, from emerging student to seasoned pro. As with last year, our closing night will be an outdoor screening of "Some Like It Hot," starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, where you will bundle up by a beach bonfire, dig your toes into the sand, and watch this timeless comedy from the very spot where it was filmed 59 years ago - on the "Del Beach."
Coronado and "The Del" have provided the perfect location for shooting a film since the art form's early beginnings, becoming an integral part of Coronado's rich history. We like to say it's an enduring love affair that began a hundred years ago and continues to this day. Venerable oldies such as Clark Gable's Hell Divers and James Cagney's Devil Dogs of the Air, two of several that highlighted Coronado's glamorous days of early Naval aviation, were filmed here. Scenes from the compelling 2011 Act of Valor were shot in Coronado, home of our good neighbors, the US Navy SEALs.
Errol Flynn's 1939 Dive Bomber, featuring scenes of the Del and Coronado's Naval Air Station North Island, will be screened at our festival and introduced by his daughter Rory Flynn. You'll also enjoy the timeless classic Some Like it Hot, to be introduced by Jack Lemmon's son, Chris Lemmon, and the quirky and brilliant The Stunt Man, which will be introduced by its Academy-Award-nominated director Richard Rush.
The romance of this unique island awaits you. You'll taste and savor the island lifestyle and enjoy the hospitality of its proud residents. We select each festival venue to enrich your festival experience, and each has been carefully chosen to immerse you in the beauty, history and magic of this very special community. You'll see why we call it the "Crown City." Most are within walking distance of one another.
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