Celebrating 8 years of the very best in cinematic stories, independent features, documentaries, and our coveted ShortsFest, CIFF hosts an unforgettable 5-Day fest experience! Crossing the bridge from downtown San Diego leads you to an exceptional destination, where an extraordinary celebration of cinematic art awaits. Filmmakers from around the world are cordially invited to a festival that seamlessly combines cosmopolitan grandeur with an intimate ambiance. This unique blend offers an unforgettable experience that lingers in your memory long after the final curtain falls.
Our network and connections within the industry run deep, providing filmmakers with unparalleled access to industry leaders in a relaxed and unpretentious environment. CIFF has assembled a prestigious Industry Jury team that carefully selects and awards cash prizes to deserving recipients. The southern region of Los Angeles is a thriving hub for filmmakers, writers, producers, content creators, and talented professionals in hair, makeup, and set design, all actively involved in the entertainment, film, television, and video industry at various levels of expertise. CIFF proudly showcases and celebrates their exceptional talent.
Coronado's rich film heritage and enduring connection with Hollywood can be traced back to the early days of cinema. Filmmakers and industry professionals were irresistibly drawn to the island for creative inspiration and respite. Coronado Beach consistently earns its place among the top 10 destinations in the United States, as recognized by numerous esteemed travel magazines and blogs.
The island's idyllic weather and close proximity to Los Angeles have consistently made it a favored retreat for Hollywood's elite. From the days when trailblazers like Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin strolled the town's avenues to the later years when John Wayne, Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, and Tom Cruise, who will soon grace the screen in "Top Gun: Maverick," frequented the island, Coronado has remained a cherished go-to spot for the entertainment industry.
The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) welcomes makers and lovers of film from all over the world to the storied seaside village of Coronado, California to celebrate the magical art of visual storytelling. Coronado’s enduring love affair with Hollywood began more than a century ago.