‘The Greatest Little Film Festival on Earth’

The Rustic Theatre is a venue for Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. Photo: Julie Pendray.The Rustic Theatre is a venue for Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. Photo: Julie Pendray.
The Rustic Theatre is a venue for Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. Photo: Julie Pendray.

The Rustic Theatre is a venue for Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. Photo: Julie Pendray.

IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Moviegoers are gathering in a tiny village in the national forest above Palm Springs this week for what’s being billed as The Greatest Little Film Festival on Earth.

Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema is offering 135 documentaries, features and shorts through Jan. 11. Some have been produced as far afield as Iran, Mongolia and Australia. Each will be shown twice. Then the sixth season of this annual event will culminate in an award ceremony Jan. 11.

Venues are Astro Camp, Caine Learning Center, Creekstone Inn, Mary Austin Theater at Silver Pines Lodge and The Rustic Theatre.

Admission Fees:

Full Access Pass — $99.  Includes admission to all films, seminars, events and parties for the entire festival.

Day Pass — $35.    Admission to all films, seminars, events and parties on a single day.

Single Event Pass — $12.  Admission to one film.

Local Pass — $35. Admission to all films. A small cover charge will be required for additional special events, seminars and parties.

Tickets are available through the Festival web site.

Local passes for all six days can be obtained at the offices of Idyllwild’s newspaper, The Town Crier.

Stephen Savage is the founder and director of the festival. Savage is a film and commercial director, screenwriter, producer and playwright, according to his bio in the program.

Will Wallace is the festival co-director this year. He has appeared in more than 40 films, including “The Thin Red Line,” “I Am Sam,” “Rules of Engagement,” “The New World,” and the “Tree of Life,” according to his program bio.

— Julie Pendray

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