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Join Cambria for its Annual Film Festival

The Cambria Film Festival is back on Thursday, February 7, through Sunday, February 10, and this year, the theme is “Love is in the Air.” This is only the film festival’s second year, but it’s sure to surpass all expectations.

The festival will screen nearly 50 features and short films at four different venues over the course of the four-day event, so grab your popcorn and make your way to Cambria. It’s a not-to-miss event. Tickets may be purchased for individual teams for $10, but they’re sold only at the venue before the screening based on available capacity, so make sure to arrive early! In addition to a variety of film screenings detailing the complexity of love and romance, attendees can enjoy Q&A sessions with many of the filmmakers!

The weekend will end with a closing gala at the Hearst Castle Theater at Hearst Castle Visitor Center, where the judges’ prizes, as well as the audience favorites, will be announced. The evening will begin with a champagne reception and end with a screening of The Thin Man. Let this four-day festival guide you through the best of the best in shorts, features, and documentaries. To take a look at the complete list of participating films, click here.


You can also browse through the scheduled filmmaker Q&A sessions, panels, and coffee talks below:

Friday, February 8

10:30 a.m. – Behind the scenes and book signing at the Veterans Memorial Building with Jeff Kurtti, writer, and producer of The Making of the ‘Beauty and the Beast’

2 p.m.About a Donkey (Cambria Center for the Arts Theater) with director Christina Raia, composer Alexandra Kalinowski, and actresses Katherine Wessling and Alexandra Clayton.

4:30 p.m.Deany Bean is Dead (J. Buckley Theatre) with writer Allison Volk

7 p.m.Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (Veterans Memorial Building) with writer, film editor, and cinematographer Roddy Tabatabi and cinematographer John McArthur

7 p.m. On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani & Pop (J . Buckley Theatre) with director Brandon Gross


Saturday, February 9

10:30 a.m. – Making an Independent Film panel at the Veterans Memorial Building with Roddy Tabatabi (Love & Bananas), John McArthur (Love & Bananas), Christina Raia (About a Donkey), and Brandon Gross (On My Way Out

2 p.m. Deany Bean is Dead (Cambria Center for the Arts Theater) with writer Allison Volk

4:30 p.m. On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani & Pop (Cambria Center for the Arts Theater) with director Brandon Gross

7 p.m.Wild Honey (Cambria Center for the Arts Theater) with executive producer Francis Stokes, producer Bekah Strum, and actress Stephanie Jane Markham

7 p.m.Beauty and the Beast (Veterans Memorial building) with executive producer Don Hahn, Jeff Kurtti, writer and producer of The Making of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and Robert Tieman, former manager of the Walt Disney Archives

7 p.m. About a Donkey (Cambria Center for the Arts Theater) with director Christina Raia, composer Alexandra Kalinowski, and actresses Katherine Wessling and Alexandra Clayton


Sunday, February 10

10:30 a.m. – Open panel with attending filmmakers at the Veterans Memorial Building

12 p.m.Save Yourself (Cambria Center for the Arts Theater) with director, writer, and actor Allen Gardner and actor Gabe Arredondo

2 p.m.Wild Honey (J. Buckley Theatre) with executive producer Francis Stokes, producer Bekah Strum, and actress Stephanie Jane Markham