The fourth annual Burbank International Film Festival will take place Sept. 5–9 in downtown Burbankat the AMC Theaters and at Woodbury University. Over 100 films will be screened in over 30 categories. For Opening Night, the festival is proud to present the advanced screening of the documentary film Cinemability directed by DGA member Jenni Gold. Cinemability examines the ever-changing portrayals of disability story lines in film, television, advertising, and the media and its effect on transforming the societal inclusion of those with disabilities. Cinemability features Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Gary Sinise, William H. Macy, Marlee Matlin, RJ Mitte, Beau Bridges, Garry Marshall, and 30 other industry professionals. Opening Night will begin with celebrity arrivals, media red carpet, the screening of Cinemability and Q&A with the filmmakers and cast, followed by the opening night party.
The festival runs for five days ending with the Closing Night Gala Awards Dinner at Castaways hosted by NBC weathercaster and comedian Fritz Coleman. Fritz is a staple of Toluca Lake and Burbank, and we are grateful for his generous time and support for the festival. The Awards Gala will not only acknowledge the award-winning filmmakers, but will honor industry professionals as well. These Honorees include screenwriter Robert “Bobby” Moresco, composer Marc Isham, special-effects make-up artist Rick Baker, animation director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, producer Matt Senreich, and actor James Hong to name a few.
Working actor and filmmaker Jeff Rector took over the reigns this year and is the new President and Festival Director. Rector is no stranger toTolucaLakeand to community service having been a local homeowner for 13 years and having served on the Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council for five years. Rector says, “It’s an incredible challenge, since the Burbank International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and everyone including the board of directors are volunteers.” Rector hopes the local studios will get more financially involved to make this festival as prestigious as Sundance,Cannes, and the Toronto Film Festival.Burbankis the birthplace of filmmaking and with Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, ABC, and NBC, as neighbors, it makes sense thatBurbankhas its own world class film festival.
In addition to the festival events in September, The Burbank International Film Festival will host a full day of FREE educational seminars and workshops on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m.—7 p.m. atWoodburyUniversity(7500 Glen Oaks Blvd.,Burbank). These will include Casting (bring your headshot), independent filmmaking, animation, cinematography, stunts, and special effects, among others. Everyone is welcome.
To get tickets, complete festival schedule, or for more information, visit the website at www.burbankfilmfestival.org. To support the festival as a volunteer, partner, or sponsor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.