THE CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES 11TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE HISTORICAL THEATER OF AVALON WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE CLEANER

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Cleaner actor Shiloh Fernandez attends the world premiere at the Avalon Theater during the 11th annual Catalina Film Festival. Credit: Jonas Yuan for Catalina Film Festival

Actor Bill Sage and director Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer aboard the VIP Yacht Party ahead of their screening of THE CATCH at the Catalina Film Festival inside the historic Avalon Theater.

Catalina Film Festival Founder and Executive Director Ron Truppa with recording artist Presley A. Aronson at the world premiere screening of Aronson’s anti-bullying video, BACKGROUND.

Participants: Shiloh Fernandez & Craig Stark (THE CLEANER), Bill Sage (THE CATCH), Presley Aronson (BACKGROUND) & Drake Bell (in support: SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS)

I am very honored to present our official selections with a platform to showcase their films in person, here on the island and in Long Beach, as well as virtually through partners FilmFestivalFlix.com and OhYay.co!

– Ron Truppa, founder and executive director of the festival

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, September 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Catalina Film Festival, presented by blk., Celebrated its 11th anniversary on September 25 at the historic Avalon Theater with the world premiere of The Cleaner, featuring Luke Wilson, King Orba, Lynda Carter, Shelley Long and Soliel Moon Frye. Craig Stark and Shiloh Fernandez walked the red carpet alongside director Erin Elders, cinematographer Jeff Tomcho and editor Matt Prekop. The Cleaner releases October 12.

“We are delighted to be back on the island after last year’s hiatus,” said Ron Truppa, founder and director of the festival, which produced a drive-through and social-distancing event in Long Beach with virtual screenings in 2020 but canceled island festivities due to Covid restrictions. “It’s our ’10-Again’ celebration and return to the red carpet at the Avalon Theater. I am very honored to present our official selections with a platform to showcase their films in person, here on the island and on the mainland in Long Beach, as well as virtually through our partners FilmFestivalFlix.com and OhYay.co – offering to everyone the opportunity to discover Catalina Film!

The Catalina Film Festival returned to the island for screenings on Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25, with blocks of short films in the categories: Animation, Conservation, Comedy, International, Documentaries, as well as selected themes: “Do the Right Thing” and “Happy / Sad”, which included the short film, Sorry for your Loss by associate producer Janet Von. Her husband, actor Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) was present with their son to support showing his wife’s film Friday’s feature film The Catch rolled out the opening night red carpet for writer / director Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer and actor Bill Sage, both in attendance; as Presley A. Aronson, who opened Friday’s presentation with the world premiere of his anti-bullying music video, Background.

Saturday’s events featured the infamous Lion’s Den, an exclusive Catalina Film Festival event, for budding filmmakers to feature accredited investors for project funding. The Lions included Ed Morgan (Poker Face, Obamaland), Jonathan Brostoff, Creative Exec. for producer Brad Fuller (A Quiet Place, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and producer Phil Cohen. Guests and filmmakers also enjoyed an exclusive pre-red carpet evening at Hamilton Cove (with spectacular views) hosted by Ray and Kim McKewon; Red carpet arrivals, awards ceremony, closing film and After Party with a culinary experience “soaring” by The Gastro Garage.

The Catalina Film Festival kicked off in Long Beach last weekend, September 17-19 at the Scottish Rite Cultural Center and offered a virtual screening via FilmFestivalFlix.com and OhYay.co. September 17-26, featuring a panel of virtual writers with Billy Pollina (You Got Served), Jason Neese & Jamie Neese (The Umbrella Academy) and Marjorie DeHey (Bottle Monster), as well as a panel of actors with Michael Benyaer (Deadpool), Hallie Todd (Lizzie McGuire), Damaine Radcliff (Step Up), Joel Michaely (Rules of Attraction), Darren Darnborough (Magnum PI)

Complete list of the 2021 Catalina Film Festival Award winners below. For more information visit: https://catalinafilm.org/

2021 CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS:

WES CRAVEN HORROR / THRILLER AWARD
BEST: who wants dessert?
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (AOE): Someone is at your doorstep

CREST PRICE
BEST: Vita Bennett, Small Games
AOE: Tommi Rose, a haunted savannah

ACTOR (SHORT US)
BEST: Matthew Law, True Story: I Feel
AOE: Sebastian LeCause, Disciple

ACTRESS (SHORT US)
BEST: Maxim Roy, Wichita
AOE: Minerva Vier, Shevolution

ACTOR (AMERICAN ARTICLE)
BEST: Jewell Wilson Bridges, Voodoo Macbeth
AOE: Michael Reed, 6:45
AOE: King Orba, the cleaner

ACTOR (SHORT ADVANCED)
BEST: Nick Osborne, One Body
AOE: Ryan Kaiser, Cold Mind

ACTRESS (SHORT ADVANCED)
BEST: Lex Scott Davis, Magnolia Bloom
AOE: Shely Nave and Vlada go to London

ACTRESS (AMERICAN ARTICLE)
BEST: Gena Shaw, A Savannah Haunting
AOE: Inger Tudor, Voodoo Macbeth

DIRECTOR (INTERNATIONAL FILE)
BEST: Alex Galvin, Turn of the Screw
AOE Timo Jacobs, stand up! Looking for love in all the wrong places

DIRECTOR (INTERNATIONAL COURT)
BEST: Medhi Mahaei, The Doll Game
AOE: Deepak Reddy, Manasanamaha

DIRECTOR (US FILE)
BEST: Agazi Desta, et al., Voodoo Macbeth
AOE: Michelle Danner, The Runner
AOE: Craig Singer, 6:45

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
BEST: the turn of the screw
AOE: Get up! Looking for love in all the wrong places

SHORT (US)
BEST: True Story: I Feel
AOE: Disciple

CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST: Coming Home
AOE: Yesterday without end

COMEDY
BEST: Wichita
AOE: Carl the Exorcist

DEB BAUER “UNSUNG HERO”
Mad cat lady

ANIMATED SHORT
BEST: Identity Crisis
AOE: Lifeblood – Award of Excellence

STUDENT FILM HS
BEST: Captives
AOE: Unwanted guests

SHORT (INTERNATIONAL)
BEST: Dolls Game
AOE: Obsession

ADVANCED STUDENT FILM
BEST: Caravan
AOE: Cain got up

PRESERVATION
BEST: Vala Nord
AOE: The sea urchin diver

SCENARIO
BEST: TESSosterone
AOE: Saturday Night Lesbians

DOCUMENTARY
BEST: In the dark of the valley
AOE: Panorama Syria schools attacked

FEATURE (United States)
BEST: The Capture
AOE: Voodoo Macbeth

MEDIA DROPBOX + IMAGES: https://bit.ly/CATALINAFILM2021

ABOUT THE CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL
The Catalina Film Festival is an annual celebration of cinema with coastal screenings and events in Long Beach and Catalina. Past CFF winners include Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Kevin Hart, Mira Sorvino, William H. Macy, Andy Garcia, Sharon Stone, Emmy Rossum, Richard Dreyfuss, Kate Bosworth and more. The CFF is a competitive festival with awards in several categories, including the Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award, the Wes Craven Horror Award and the Conservation Award. Sponsors for 2021 include blk., The Cafaro Group, Building Image Group (BIG), Bogart Spirits, Ohyay.co, FilmFestivalFlix.com, Long Beach Scottish Rite Cultural Center, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and Karana Whole Plant.

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black. Director of Nutrition Dr. Melina Jampolis on the red carpet with Steffanie Siebrand at the 2021 Catalina Film Festival presented by blk.


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