Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children's artwork out the car window. Catch a flick with this GrouponLive 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
- $75 for the Friday Day Trip Cruise on September 20 (up to a $122.34 value)
- $95 for the VIP Friday Day Trip Cruise on September 20 (up to a $148.60 value)
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.
- $75 for the Saturday Day Trip Cruise on September 21(up to a $122.34 value)
- $95 for the VIP Saturday Day Trip Cruise on September 21 (up to a $148.60 value)
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
- $95 for a three-day pass good for September 20–22 (up to a $159.11 value)
- $115 for a VIP three-day pass good for September 20–22 (up to a $225.88 value)
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 Hollywood convene to revel in the magic of the movies. William H. Macy, Rosario Dawson, Nicolas Cage, and the late Wes Craven are just a few of the marquee names that have graced the festival in years past.
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 throughout 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. Nightly parties and galas, expert panels, and even the occasional treasure hunt all culminate in the final evening's award ceremony.