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Ojai Film Festival Announces Preview of Coming

Ojai Film Festival Announces Preview of Coming

The Ojai Film Festival’s new executive director Maryse Gartner announced today the special programs for its 17th season, which runs November 3-13, 2016. “We are incredibly excited about this year’s lineup of special programs. We’re developing workshops, screenings, and receptions around four major themes this year—screenwriting, environmental and regional films, and the Ojai Film Society’s Student Filmmakers Competition. Our goal is to make this year’s festival a premiere showcase for innovative films from a broad cross-section of local and international talent.”

The inaugural edition of the festival’s Screenwriting Competition includes a seminar/workshop on screenwriting and will culminate with the winning entry being given a live stage reading by professional actors during the Festival. Festival programming will also include two perennial favorites–Focus Earth films and the Gold Coast series. The Focus Earth series presents films that shine a light on environmental issues. The Focus Earth program will screen films and offer themed workshops/seminars.

The Festival’s Gold Coast film series provides audience members a chance to sample the best films by local and regional filmmakers. According to Gold Coast Coordinator Bruce Novotny, the lineup showcases an eclectic mix of documentaries, feature films, and shorts. Led by leading Hollywood professionals, this year’s planned workshops will include stunt work, women in film, script writing do’s and don’ts, comedy as a threat, and a demo of the latest animation techniques and software.

Film aficionados wishing to support the Ojai Film Festival are invited to attend a special event fundraiser scheduled for September and four receptions during the festival.


The Ojai Film Festival (www.ojaifilmfestival.com) offers patrons a range of quality films from around the world.  This year it will be held November 3 -13 in Ojai, CA, a small city in Southern California about 80 miles north of Los Angeles. The Film Festival has a reputation for screening quality works, including documentaries, features, animation, narrative shorts and student films.  More information on the Festival’s notable achievements, film submissions process, key leadership, and history is provided on its website.

For press inquiries about the Ojai Film Festival, contact Maryse Gartner at mgartner@ojaifilmfestival.com.

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