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Catalina Film Festival Announces 2014 Film Selections

William H. Macy, Andy Garcia, Roman Coppola, Jason Ritter Slated for Honors; Inaugural Wes Craven Award Established

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/04/14 -- Catalina Film Festival (CFF) today announced their lineup of 87 films that will screen when the Fest takes over famed Catalina Island Sept. 24 - 28. Just one of the highlights includes Academy Award™ nominee, William H. Macy, who will be honored with the Stanley Kramer "Social Artist" award, Saturday, Sept. 27, following the premiere of his directorial debut "Rudderless." The award honors a film professional whose work embodies Kramer's qualities of social consciousness while taking risks to influence a social transformation. Producer, writer, and Academy Award nominee, Roman Coppola, will also be honored on Saturday, receiving the Vanguard award.

Andy Garcia, also a recipient of an Academy nod, will be feted with the Fest's Ronald Reagan Great Communicator award on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Emmy™ nominee Jason Ritter will receive the Catalina Crest award on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Additional guests scheduled to attend with their films include Sean Astin, Sam Trammell, Jordin Sparks, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson and more.

New to CFF this year, the Master of Horror himself, Wes Craven will select the first-ever Craven Award winner, for excellence in horror filmmaking.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Catalina Film Festival. I've been to Catalina many times and love the island and its rich Hollywood history," said Craven. "I'm excited to choose the winner of the Best Horror film category and I'll be looking for films that I feel will scare audiences and push the limits of horror genre."

CFF is a competitive festival and film market where guests experience the West Coast's only resort island while enjoying film premieres, nightly parties, networking. Recent CFF honorees include Sharon Stone, Kate Bosworth, Jon Favreau, Patricia Arquette, Casey Wilson, Stan Lee, and more.

CFF will screen 27 world, U.S. and West Coast premieres, including:

  • West Coast premiere of Rudderless, directed by William H. Macy, starring Billy Crudup, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and Felicity Huffman
  • World Premiere of Left Behind, starring Nicholas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Nicky Whelan, Jordin Sparks, and Lea Thompson
  • U.S. premiere of Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner
  • North American Premiere of White Rabbit, starring Sam Trammell and Britt Robertson
  • West Coast Premiere of The Dramatics, starring Kat Foster, Scott Rodgers, and Sean Astin

The star-studded event also includes some of the year's best networking and events, including the annual Catalina Film & TV Summit Sept. 24-26 and Horseshoe Bend Catalina Wine Mixer, Friday, Sept. 26.

For the full listing of films, special events and upcoming announcements on confirmed talent attending, visit Presenting partners include Mercedes Benz, SONY, and The Cafaro Group. CFF is supported by Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce.

About Catalina Film Festival

Catalina Film Festival features 87 films, nightly events, and entertainment. Clear blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for unparalleled premieres, parties, networking, and discovering everything that the island has to offer, just 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. CFF's beneficiary is the Catalina Island Conservatory. For additional information, visit, follow @CatalinaFilm and friend us on Facebook

Jennifer Chidester
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