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What makes a film come together cohesively is the combination of people behind the scenes that create the experience for viewers. Some of them are people we don’t know so well or have never heard of, but are instrumental in the success of a movie. If you have watched “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Thor,” or other Marvel movies, “Apocalypto,” and “JoJo Rabbit,” there are two people that have held major roles in their success.

Cinematographer, Producer and Television Director Gabriel Beristáin and Costume Designer Mayes Rubeo, both originally from Mexico, have made a name for themselves in Hollywood by working hard, persevering and believing in the dream. Arts in Motion International Ricardo del Rio and Sue Allen Villalva are responsible for bringing the two gems to light and were honored at the Coronado Island Film Festival during Leonard Maltin’s celebrity tribute dinner Nov. 12 in the Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado. Beristáin received the

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Coronado has long embraced its Mayberry-by-the-sea cadence of life, a vibe that carries over into the culture and events hosted on the island, including the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF). Celebrating the sixth year, the festival is Nov. 10-14, 2021. The much anticipated in-person event will screen close to 100 films, including shorts, documentaries, studio and independent features,

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The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) is excited to roll out the red carpet on November 10-14, 2021, returning to the traditional festival format of in-person screenings, events, panels, parties and our premiere gala event, the Leonard Maltin Celebrity Tribute Dinner in the Hotel Del Coronado’s iconic Crown Room. Cognizant that COVID-19 will continue to have a direct impact on attendees, as well as on US and international filmmakers, the festival will also host a virtual cinema similar to last year’s

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The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) and the Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media (GDIGM) at Mount St. Mary’s University, are proud to announce a formal alliance and partnership focused on a shared mission of inclusion, diversity and gender representation in media. Founded in 2004 by Academy Award-Winning actor Geena Davis, GDIGM is the only research-based organization working collaboratively within the entertainment

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The Coronado Island Film Festival is hosting its fifth festival Nov. 11-15.

Due to the pandemic, the majority of the festival has gone virtual but organizers have not lost their commitment to celebrate the magic of film and to spotlight the gifted filmmakers who have poured out their creativity, passion and hearts for all to view and enjoy.

The City continues to sponsor the film festival through its Community Grant Program. The festival will host a safe and socially distanced in-person event on Thursday, Nov. 12, when the festival heads to the South Bay Drive-in for the official 2020 Opening Night feature from Searchlight Pictures “Nomadland.” Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, it continues to draw critical acclaim. Opening Night at the South Bay Drive-in one-vehicle entry is $100 and includes a snack package.

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Organizers for the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) announced in early summer that, rather than cancel their 2020 festival entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they would instead “reframe” their traditional festival into a hybrid version of the annual event. Offering a combination of live and virtual selections, it is with great excitement that CIFF will unveil its programming slate for CIFF 2020 on Thursday, Oct. 8. The festival is set for Nov. 11-15.

“This year may be different for us, with the ever-changing restrictions of the COVID pandemic, but we have not lost our commitment to celebrate the magic of film, and to spotlight the gifted filmmakers who have poured out their creativity, passion, and hearts for all of us to view and enjoy,” exclaimed Executive Director Merridee Book. “We could not be more excited by this year’s films, compelling panels, and special engagements that we have lined-up!”

The hybrid festival will include both virtual and in-person screenings,