The Cambria Film Festival has placed online its full schedule for 2020. This includes 19 feature-length films and more than 60 shorts. Every movie reflects the Festival’s theme of romance, romantic comedy and the complexities of love. Films are shown in three venues Feb. 6-9. The Festival also hosts special events and filmmaker talks.
“This year, we received over 3,000 entries to the competition portion of the Festival,” said Dennis Frahmann, Director, Cambria Film Festival. “The resulting programming includes content from 20 different countries. In addition, we have already lined up many filmmakers for personal appearances and are also initiating several new activities, such as a festival lounge.”
The Festival will open with a special reception and screening of “After So Many Days.” This documentary chronicles a year in the life of two musicians, Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack, who go on the road to perform one concert a day for a year in their attempt to break into stardom. The musicians will add to their concert list by performing live after the Festival screening. It will be a homecoming of sorts for the pair, since they originally became engaged in Cambria.
Another highlight of the Festival will be the festival world premiere of “Astray.” This full-length feature was written, produced and directed by three graduates from last year’s local Coast Union High School. Those students — Julian Mercado, Magnus Marthaler, and Darien F. Jewel — now reside in Los Angeles and study film.
As part of its programming, the Festival will also be sponsoring several free community screenings. This includes a family screening of “Wall-E” at the Cambria Public Library on Feb. 6; a presentation of “Albatross,” a documentary about our marine environment, during the Farmers Market hours on Feb. 7; and “Part of Water,” a documentary on one heroic lifeguard, on Sunday morning, Feb. 9.
At the close of the Festival is a special gala awards ceremony to be held at the Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room Seaside on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Beginning Dec. 16, tickets are sold online for individual screenings shown at the Cambria Veterans Hall and Cambria Center for the Arts Theater, as well as individual tickets to the opening and closing events. Day passes for Friday and Saturday will also be available. Standby tickets are sold at all screenings and at all venues, based on availability, beginning 15 minutes before the screening.
The festival is an official activity of the Cambria Center for the Arts, a local nonprofit dedicated to local arts. Presenting sponsors of the festival include Ami Belli (in memory of Nancy Green) and Elaine Levin and James Anderson. The Festival also receives funding from the Cambria Tourism Board and the San Simeon Tourism Alliance. Additional major sponsors include Cambria Pines Lodge, Cavalier Oceanside Resort, Hearst Ranch Winery, Robin’s Restaurant, The Truck at Sebastian’s, and other local businesses.
For more information about the Festival, visit CambriaFilmFestival.com.