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.
Crystal Trophies go to our top winners for each category with various Sponsored Festival prizes (prizes and values vary from year to year and aren't usually secured until closer to the event). The dollar value varies and usually comes in the form of industry packages, services, and gifts. Winners are never promised to receive prizes other than our top prize crystal trophies or anything specifically stated within that category, any additional prizes depend on our sponsors' generosity. Prizes differ each year and are usually secured closer to the festival dates. Past prizes have valued over $50,000 in post-production packages, filmmaker software, scholarships, sponsored goods, and more... We do not give cash prizes.
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
Ron Truppa (Director)
Tim Kennedy (CO-FOUNDER / ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR)
Xiomara Ferretti (CO-FOUNDER / OPERATIONS DIRECTOR)
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Submissions to this category are for HIGH SCHOOL students of any age that have a qualifying project shot while they were in HIGH SCHOOL (or international equivalent). Only SHORTS accepted.
Minimum running time should be 50 minutes.
Shorts: From 1 minutes to 25 minutes Features: From 50 minutes to 180 minutes.
Shorts: From 1 minutes to 25 minutes.
Shorts: From 1 minutes to 25 minutes.
U.S. Short Films can be of any genre except Animation, Conservation, Documentary or Horror (please submit to those specific categories). In order to qualify as a U.S. Short Film, at least half of the submitted project's financing must originate from within the United States. Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions, but cannot be available online for free or for purchase before or during festival exhibition dates. The total running time should be no greater than 25 Minutes.
Minimum running time should be 50 minutes or more. The submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction and/or docu-drama (including mockumentary, but not documentary), and at least 50% of the project's financing must originate from within the United States.
The CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL wants to honor those filmmakers that are dedicated to nurturing their goal of protecting, restoring, and experiencing the power of nature. Shorts: From 1 minutes to 25 minutes Features: From 50 minutes to 180 minutes
This category is for worldwide (Domestic AND International) non-fiction films of any length and topic.
This FEATURE FILM Script contest will award an outstanding screenplay that fully exemplifies a well-rounded and entertaining FEATURE story that is poised to be the next "green-lit" feature film in Hollywood. It will be read by professional script-readers with a discriminating eye for plotline, structure, and marketability. You must submit with the intent of putting it into consideration with prominent film professionals eager to find their next project. This is open to screenwriters worldwide, but must be submitted in English to qualify.
Submissions to this category are for Advanced Film students of any age that have a qualifying project shot while they were in College, University, Film Institute, Masters Film Program (or post-high school or international equivalent). Shorts: 1 to 25 minutes. Features: 50 to 180 minutes.