Festival Passes and Round-Trip Party Cruises at the Catalina Film Festival, September 18–22 (Up to 52% Off)

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Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children's artwork out the car window. Catch a flick with this GrouponLive deal.

The Deal

  • Festival passes and round-trip party cruises at the Catalina Film Festival
  • When: Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 22
  • Where: Catalina Island and the Queen Mary
  • Click here to view the film schedule.

Round-Trip Party Cruise Options

Ticket-holders board the Queen Mary at 8 a.m., and toast with Mimosa Mixers and Bloody Marys on their way to the island. There, they are invited to attend Horse Shoebend Vineyards' Catalina Wine Mixer, a screening of Stanley Kramer's 1971 film Bless the Beasts and Children, and the West Coast premiere of Ted Koland's Best Man Down, starring Justin Long, Shelley Long, and Jess Weixler. The cruise back to the mainland departs at 12 a.m. Throughout the day, VIP ticketholders enjoy complimentary drinks on and off the boat.

The Saturday cruise also departs the mainland at 8 a.m. and returns at midnight. While fest-goers are on the island, they can catch any of the day's lineup of features, documentaries, and short films. Options include a commemorative 20th anniversary screening of True Romance, the Jack Kerouac profile Big Sur, and the dubstep-themed psychological thriller Snap. VIP ticketholders enjoy complimentary drinks throughout the day.

Festival Pass Options

Besides all of the parties on Friday and all of the feature films on Saturday, these weekend passes also include access to an animation block and two blocks of short films on Sunday. VIP pass holders receive VIP seating, access to sponsored drinks, exclusive party invitations, and entry to the award ceremony and wrap party on Sunday. Celebrities scheduled to attend on Friday and Saturday include Shelley Long, Nikki Reed, Michael Rapaport, Thomas Dekker, Jaime Pressley, Ian Zerling, Bailee Madison, and many others.

  • $155 for a five-day pass good for September 18–22 (up to a $261.75 value)
  • $175 for a VIP five-day pass good for September 18–22 (up to a $364.25 value)

These five-day passes include everything in the three-day passes, plus invitations to award ceremonies on the 18th and the 19th. On Wednesday, September 18, Sharon Stone receives the Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award, given to creators and performers who embody the socially responsible spirit of the director of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Ship of Fools. On Thursday, September 19, the Charlie Chaplin ICON Award will be given to Jon Favreau for two decades of excellence on both sides of the camera. VIP pass holders receive VIP seating, access to sponsored drinks, exclusive party invitations, and entry to the award ceremony and wrap party on Sunday.

Catalina Film Festival

Azure waters lap the shores of Catalina Island, a picturesque setting a mere 22 miles from Los Angeles, but one that feels worlds away. Here, as the lights dim and the curtains retract from the silver screen, cinephiles and the stars of Tinseltown convene to revel in the magic of the movies. Now more than a century old, the Catalina Film Festival invokes this transcendent cinematic experience with dozens and dozens of screenings, ranging from animation and documentaries to student films and features. These stories light up screens across the island, including that of the historic Avalon Theatre, a 1,200-seat art-deco structure remarkable for being the world’s first sound theater and Orson Welles’ favorite place to take a nap.

  1. A

    Catalina Island

    125 Claressa Ave

    Avalon, California 90704

    818-787-1946

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  2. B

    The Queen Mary

    1046 Queens Highway

    Long Beach, California 90802

    818-787-1946

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In a Nutshell

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New feature-length films, documentaries, and animated shorts alongside commemorative anniversary screenings at storied film festival

The Fine Print

Expires Sep 21st, 2013. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of event for a ticket at venue. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Catalina Film Festival. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Catalina Film Festival's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Must be 16+; must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages. It is recommended to book transportation and lodging in advance. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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