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Malibu Celebration of Film Returns to Pepperdine for Second Year
The second annual Malibu Celebration of Film returns to Pepperdine University beginning Friday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 30, with over a dozen of the year’s most highly acclaimed and award-winning films.
The festival brings filmgoers, industry professionals, and members of the University and Malibu communities to Pepperdine’s Malibu campus and local Malibu screening venues.
The program begins with FILMS’COOL’, the festival’s educational outreach initiative in which high school and undergraduate film students compete in a short film competition for cash prizes and an internship at a local production company or studio. A showcase of student-produced films will screen before the winners are announced.
Man in the Chair, a comedy/drama about a young student filmmaker who enlists the help of an old industry professional, is the first film that will be screened at the festival’s opening night at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.
Pepperdine’s Raitt Recitial Hall, Smothers Theatre, and Elkins Auditorium will host an eclectic variety of documentaries and dramas, as well as a writer and critic panel.
Saturday night features outdoor screenings of the drama Bella (Toronto International Film Festival) and the documentary War/Dance (Sundance) at two scenic locations overlooking the ocean: Pepperdine’s Alumni Park and Malibu Bluffs Park.
The festival concludes at Malibu Bluffs Park on Sunday night with Sharkwater, a documentary exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations.
In addition to Pepperdine’s co-sponsorship, the festival is also supported by the Sloan Foundation, City of Malibu, Charter Communications, and many more.
For more information about the festival please visit the Malibu Celebration of Film Web site.