Welcome to the Carmel International Film Festival, 2014

This is an overview of the Sixth annual Carmel International Film. The event page will fill up specifics toward the end of summer – please check back often. Meantime,  our team of screeners is busy viewing hundreds films that will be narrowed down to just about a hundred, which will fill five exciting days of independent film complemented by contemporary art, music, conversations and encounters lecture series, and much more.








CIFF films in five different categories: feature, documentary, short, animation and student, and this year, for the first time, we are offering cash awards in all catagories as well.  Exciting details coming!



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George Rodrigue was selected as the Carmel International Film Festival’s featured artist for 2013. With studios in New Orleans and Carmel this Louisiana native best known for his iconic Blue Dog paintings thinks of California as his second home and, for the first time in a decade, will spend a full year working on the Central Coast








Women in Film

October 12, 2013


The Carmel International Film Festival honored Melonie Diaz as its “Breakout Actress of 2013” for her role in Fruitvale Station, a film that exploded out of the Sundance Film Festival this year winning the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film, and then went on to win several awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jennifer Howell, founder of The Art of Elysium, a non profit that brings art to critically ill children in hospitals, and she was recently named one of Los Angeles’ “Ten Most Inspiring Women,” will present the award to Ms. Diaz at a celebratory lunch on stage at the Sunset Cultural Arts Center on Saturday October 12, 2013.

CIFF Women in Film Program, which encourages and inspires women working in the creative arts, also raises money for scholarships and grants awarded to young film and art students every year. The program this year will be followed by a screening “Best of “ shorts, all directed by women. There are a limited number of tickets still available for luncheon. Please call  831-625-3700.

This is celebration of women in the creative arts, with a special emphasis on nurturing the young women who will lead the industry in the future. One seat at every table is reserved for an artistic  young woman because we believe all young women deserve “a seat at the table.


Cheers!  Parties are always a big part of the celebration at Carmel International Film – from our filmmakers reception to VIP cocktail parties, and everything in between, there is something for everyone.  Back by popular demand this year- the Filmmakers Beach Bash. Dozens of bonfires dotting the beach, add some great food and adult beverages and you have an unforgettable, quintessential Carmel experience. We are also planning a big after hours welcome for our signature artist – George Rodrigue of “Blue Dog” fame.







The Carmel International Film Festival’s musical line-up is always an eclectic bash. From young local talent to emerging artists making a name for themselves on the national stage, Carmel International Film is planning another exciting year.

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