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Santa Monica Film Festival #SMFF is Santa Monica's celebration of cinema from emerging filmmakers to modern masters. For a list of upcoming films and events, please visit smff.org

Mission: The Santa Monica International Film Festival (SMFF) is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to celebrate and make accessible to diverse audiences the art of world cinema by offering a variety of film events throughout the year all with a resolute commitment to the Santa Monica Community.

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Outfest
08/24/2020
Outfest

Outfest

Join us for the 2020 #OutfestLA Drive-In series, a socially distant drive-in experience, located at the stunning Calamigos Ranch & Resort in Malibu, CA. Tickets are on sale now ⏩ Outfestla2020.com

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08/19/2020

"GREATER LA" @KCRW
Today 1:00PM PST

Tune into to @KCRW today at 1:00PM to listen to @santamonicafilmfestival Founder David Katz sharing a conversation about how film festivals are making things work during the pandemic. #kcrw #GreaterLA #santamonicafilmfestival #SantaMonica #Podcast

06/24/2020

WATCH FILMS ONLINE
While venues are closed, we’re proud to offer a virtual cinema for online viewing of new groundbreaking short and feature films. Watch some great movies and vote to decide the winner of the Santa Monica Film Festival.

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For every film offered on santamonicafilmfestival.com, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase is shared with the filmmakers, our distribution partners and our non-profit organization to help us maintain operations during this crisis.

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06/08/2020

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Best Short Film at New York City Indie Film Festival

06/06/2020

Santa Monica Film Festival is produced by the non-profit Malibu Film Foundation that was established in 1997. Please make a #donation to support the #arts in #santamonica www.smff.org

04/01/2020

The non-profit Santa Monica Film Festival is accepting tax-deductible film equipment donations to build a camera and lighting package to loan to #filmmakers in need of support.

We recently received generous donations of #RED and #BlackMagicDesign camera bodies.

If you have a lens or other working film equipment available to donate, please DM us, leave a comment or email [email protected]

Thank you #santamonica for your kind consideration!

The Local Malibu
02/10/2020

The Local Malibu

@thelocalmalibu is a proud media sponsor of the 2020 Malibu Film Festival opening on Saturday, Feb 15th at 11:00 a.m. with the festival premiere on of “Johnny Strange: Born to Fly” a feature documentary from Malibu local award-winning filmmakers John Watkins and Eamon Harrington, telling the story of 23 year old adventurer Johnny Strange, who at 17 was the youngest person to climb the tallest mountain in all 7 continents before becoming one of the world’s elite BASE jumpers.

Tickets are $20 at malibufilmfestival.com

Animal Justice Project
12/12/2019

Animal Justice Project

ACTIVISTS IMPRISONED FOR CONTROVERSIAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST HORROR LAB WELCOME RELEASE OF JOAQUIN PHOENIX DOCUMENTARY FILM, THE ANIMAL PEOPLE IN JOINT STATEMENT

It is with a sense of relief that we greet the online release of the new documentary film, The Animal People, this week. After more than a decade of being dismissed as criminals and extremists, a side to our story is finally going to be told.

Produced by Joaquin Phoenix, the film follows the journey of the SHAC 7: six young activists who find themselves indicted as terrorists by the United States government. The reason for their indictment: the activists' leadership of a controversial protest campaign aiming to close down one of the largest animal testing laboratories in the world, Huntingdon Life Sciences.

The story about how government and big business colluded to rewrite laws to crackdown on effective activism is an important warning on the lengths that the state will go to in order to protect corporate interests. It is also important because it was not only in the USA that this happened: it happened to activists in the UK too. The signees to this statement have endured years of government repression and draconian prison sentences as a result of our involvement in running the European SHAC campaign, an above-ground grassroots protest group.

As in the USA, the British government took aggressive action against SHAC activists as soon as we began to affect corporate power. Frightened by threats from multi-billion pound pharmaceutical companies that they would pull out of the UK unless the government took action, and unable to pursue underground activists, politicians instead, decided to introduce new legislation to target SHAC. Impressed by how the USA had managed to silence SHAC and spread fear throughout the movement in the USA, the British government decided to replicate the same in the UK, working in collaboration with the FBI. We would soon find ourselves being labelled as terrorists and extremists in the Houses of Parliament and in the press for our protest tactics and support of non-violent direct action. A secret two year £3.5 million police operation was tasked with targeting SHAC and our campaign was infiltrated by undercover police officers. A corporate spy would also go on to admit to spending years inside SHAC, working on behalf of the vivisection industry and collaborating with the police, assigned with sabotaging our campaign.

On 1 May 2007, aiming to decapitate the SHAC campaign, over 700 police officers raided 32 addresses, arresting 30 activists and seizing our campaign banners, posters, megaphones, flyers, computers, cameras and funds. The supposed “leaders” of the campaign (many of us only teenagers) found ourselves being charged with Conspiracy to Blackmail. Despite always including a legal disclaimer as well as paying a top barrister to read through our website and newsletter communications, the prosecution alleged that since its beginning, our protest campaign had in fact been blackmailing companies to drop Huntingdon Life Sciences.

We found ourselves demonised in the press, photos of threatening letters and hoax bombs plastered across pages with the allegation that we were somehow responsible for them. In fact, the prosecution did not and could not allege any of us had sent them: after all, we hadn’t. Rather, the CPS blamed us for the actions of other unknown individuals who had sent them. They claimed it was our fault because we had exposed and published the company details and encouraged people to contact the companies and urge them to sever their ties to the laboratory. Such an extraordinary leap in logic was lost on the media who concluded that we must have sent them.

Because of the political will to see our campaign end, we have all endured years of repression, trauma, untrue allegations being made about us and excessive prison sentences. We have been treated worse than any other criminals in the prison system: denied day release, outside work schemes or tagging and been subjected to punitive and absurd licence conditions upon our releases. The police claim of not targeting lawful activists when they targeted SHAC is hard to believe when they also demanded we receive Anti-Social Behaviour Orders preventing us from peacefully campaigning in any way against Huntingdon Life Sciences (with the threat of a further five year prison sentence if we do so). Unable to continue under all the repression, police harassment and seizures, the SHAC campaign itself was forced to end in 2014 after every single activist who tried to run it found themselves also being arrested and prosecuted.

Whatever consequences we faced for our actions, the brutal reality is that as a result of the repression we faced, the animals who we did it all for are still locked up, suffering and dying inside Huntingdon Life Sciences (now rebranded as Envigo and part of Covance). Many of the SHAC defendants have been designated as core-participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry currently taking place. The inquiry will look at whether we were victims of a miscarriage of justice because the CPS never disclosed the undercover police operations to our defence. We are pleased that our convictions are finally being looked at but it is with heavy hearts as we remember all the animals who have died in the meantime. We look forward to the whole truth coming out about how politicians and big business conspired to crush our campaign and deny us a fair trial. Until then, we look forward to people making up their own minds after watching The Animal People.

- Alfie Fitzpatrick
- Tom Harris
- Jason (JJ) Maguire
- Gerrah Selby
- Nicola Tapping
- Sarah Whitehead

www.animaljusticeproject.com

12/02/2019
Cannonball

Cannonball

Thrilled to announce that Cannonball took home not one but TWO awards at @santamonicafilmfestival !!! So excited to have won for Best Short with director Sean Fredricks @madroguefilms and Best Performance for @trevortorseth ! Thank you again to the festival for such a fantastic time!! 🌟
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The Animal People
12/02/2019

The Animal People

Last night was amazing. Plus, we took Best of Festival. Los Angeles, let’s do it all again today at 2pm!
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12/02/2019
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Have you heard of the new documentary profiling animal activists who were arrested for protesting? Activists and filmmakers involved with “The Animal People,” a new animal rights documentary, executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix, are answering questions about the eye-opening new film following its #LA premiere.

#SantaMonicaFilmFestival #smff Santa Monica Film Festival

The Animal People
12/02/2019

The Animal People

Last night was amazing. Plus, we took Best of Festival. Los Angeles, let’s do it all again today at 2pm!
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JUICE MAGAZINE
12/01/2019

JUICE MAGAZINE

Jeff Ho , Tony Alva and Peggy Oki at the 2019 Santa Monica Film Festival for "The Tony Alva Story" documentary screening presented by Vans . Photo by Dan Levy JUICE MAGAZINE Congrats to "The Tony Alva Story" for winning the Audience Choice Award! #tonyalva #juicemagazine #santamonicafilmfestival #vans #alvaposse #zephyr

12/01/2019

Santa Monica Film Festival would like to thank our 2019 Patron of The Arts Sponsor Michael Kureth for his generous support.

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11/30/2019
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Premiering This Saturday @santamonicafilmfestival presented by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)#santam...
11/29/2019
Joaquin Phoenix's New Must-See Film: 'The Animal People' | PETA

Premiering This Saturday @santamonicafilmfestival presented by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
#santamonicafilmfestival #peta #santamonica

Produced by Joaquin Phoenix, "The Animal People" tells the story of six advocates determined to take down the world's largest animal-testing lab.

The 14th #santamonicafilmfestival Awards are right around the corner, Sat. Nov. 30 @BarChloe but the nominations are her...
11/28/2019

The 14th #santamonicafilmfestival Awards are right around the corner, Sat. Nov. 30 @BarChloe but the nominations are here now! Find out who is nominated.
https://www.smff.org/nominations

#santamonicafilmfestival is holding a #flash #sale now on the Saturday 11/30 (11A, 12P, 1P and 2P) #matinee #movie #scre...
11/28/2019

#santamonicafilmfestival is holding a #flash #sale now on the Saturday 11/30 (11A, 12P, 1P and 2P) #matinee #movie #screenings #tickets on at AMC Theatres #santamonica 3rd Street Promenade to support #filmmakers in festival. Proceeds to benefit Xolo Animal Sanctuary. Use Eventbrite code: xolo.org
Sale Ends 11/29 @ 11:45P

@santamonicafilmfestival sponsored by #peta PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

TICKETS LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-santa-monica-film-festival-tickets-80495906423

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11/26/2019

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SPONSORS PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) @WolkLevine @Mixafied FilmFreeway Canna-Pet @SimpleDCP Tito's Handmade Vodka #pods Stella Artois Vans JUICE MAGAZINE

WHEN Saturday Nov. 30
PREMIERES AMC Theatres #santamonica
AWARDS PARTY @BarChloe

The 14th annual Santa Monica Film Festival returns to Santa Monica on Saturday November 30 to showcase and premiere curr...
11/24/2019

The 14th annual Santa Monica Film Festival returns to Santa Monica on Saturday November 30 to showcase and premiere current award winning independent films from local, national and international filmmakers. A moderated filmmaker discussion accompanies each film screening that gives the audience an opportunity to interact with the filmmakers. Films screen all day long at AMC Broadway 4 including the Santa Monica premiere of The Tony Alva Story. The SMFF Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception is hosted by the trendy lounge Bar Chloe. The Los Angeles premiere of the new feature documentary The Animal People to close Santa Monica Film Festival with an important message about animal rights and freedom of speech.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
10:45A Doors Open at AMC Broadway 4

11A SCREENING BLOCK
Porch Light
Underground
Butterfly
Q&A with filmmakers (10 min.)

12N SCREENING BLOCK
Balloon
The Last Trap Family
The Fix
Q&A with filmmakers (10 min.)

1P SCREENING BLOCK
Content Guidelines
Mama Bear
This Is Fine
Q&A with filmmakers (10 min.)

2P SCREENING BLOCK
Cannonball
Outpatient
The Liquor Store Incident
Q&A with filmmakers (10 min.)

3:30P FEATURE PREMIERE
Son Of A Ditch
The Tony Alva Story
Q&A with Tony Alva moderated by Ray Flores (20 min.)

5:30P AWARDS & PARTY @ CHLOE
Awards & Cocktail Reception is hosted by CHLOE featuring awards, sponsored Tito's Vodka cocktails, Stella Artois & vegan appetizers in a sophisticated low-lit venue located at 1449 2nd Street Santa Monica CA 90401

5:30 P Arrivals
6:00 P Awards Ceremony (20 min.)
7:30 P Party ends

7:30P CLOSING FILM PREMIERE presented by PETA
The Animal People from executive producer Joaquin Phoenix
Q&A with filmmakers and defendants moderated by Lisa Lang, Senior Vice President of Communications at PETA.

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PETA, Wolk & Levine, Tito’s Vodka, Stella Artois, FilmFreeway, Mixafied, Ring, Scotty Firefighter, Firefree Coatings Inc., Canna-Pet, Barricade Fire Blocking Gel, SimpleDCP, Juice Magazine

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11/24/2019

#sonofaditch is a short film that chronicles the early days of ditch skating, featuring Pioneer skateboarder and Dogtown Legend Ray Flores. #director Hso Hkam #producer #cast Ray Flores Tony Alva Jim Muir

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2020 Santa Monica Film Festival @santamonicafilmfestival #santamonicafilmfestival Event Date: Saturday November 7 Screenings AMC Theatres #amctheatres Awards & Party CHLOE @BarChloe #barchloe

The 15th annual Santa Monica Film Festival returns to Santa Monica on Saturday November 7, 2020 to showcase and premiere current award winning independent films from local, national and international filmmakers. A moderated filmmaker discussion accompanies each film screening that gives the audience an opportunity to interact with the filmmakers. Films screen from 11A to 9P at AMC Broadway 4 The 2020 SMFF Awards and Cocktail Reception is hosted by the trendy intimate lounge Bar Chloe.

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  • Screening Ticket ($10)

  • Closing Film ($20)

  • All Screening Pass ($20) *excluding premieres

  • Awards Party @ Bar Chloe ($50)

  • Festival Pass ($100)

  • Patron Pass ($500)
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    ‘#Fear does not stop death, it stops life’ - Vi Keeland. In these times of #Uncertainty, collective and individual ‘Fear’ rises. How does it consume our mind? Which environmental factors engineer its ever-encroaching presence in our being? #PHOBOS (FEAR in Greek), a fascinating #shortfilm by Alex Proyas (#TheCrow - #DarkCity - I, ROBOT - KNOWING) is more pertinent than ever in our current, global stranglehold. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zCSYgTDjgA
    I was browsing around and I came across your page! I love attending film festivals as its an awesome way to check out some newly, smaller produced films. I was actually just on the film review site Variety and I saw some good reviews for this newly released film called Empathy Inc. I recently watched it on VOD, and it was a really great neo-noir independent film centered around the world of extreme virtual reality, crime, lies and regret! This film was a really good watch that I'd definitely recommend to a fellow film lover. You can find the trailer on either Amazon or YouTube if you want to look further into it!
    Join us on Sunday, May 5th for a FREE screening of The Music Man (1962), one of Broadway’s biggest hits of the 1950s that follows the story of a traveling con man who convinces small-town locals to start a band by purchasing the uniforms and instruments. Intending to flee as soon as he receives the money, things get complicated when the con man falls for the local librarian. Featuring gorgeous dance numbers and glorious songs, this Academy Award nominee for Best Picture is a slice of Americana and a love story all in one. 11AM at the Hammer Museum! https://www.facebook.com/events/2113719748740667/
    Join us on Tuesday, April 16th for a FREE screening of Hail Satan? (2019). Director Penny Lane’s “devilishly fun documentary” (Indiewire) chronicles the rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in America. When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom, they prove that a clever idea and a sense of mischief can challenge authority in profound ways. Followed by Q&A with Stuart de Haan, spokesperson and legal advisor for the Satanic Temple. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum!
    Join us on Sunday, April 7th for a FREE screening of the film, How to Train your Dragon (2010). Hiccup, a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, has a hard time fitting in, despite the fact that his father is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people’s future. 11AM at the Hammer Museum! https://www.facebook.com/events/419129095519193/
    Join us on Wednesday, March 20th for a FREE screening of the documentary MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018, dir. Steve Loveridge, 97 min). “Not a normal pop documentary, because M.I.A. is not a normal pop star” (The Atlantic), this Sundance award winner provides unparalleled access to the Sri Lankan–born artist’s journey from refugee immigrant to international pop star. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum! https://www.facebook.com/events/332957137309449/
    Join us on Wednesday, March 13th for a FREE screening, Open Projector Night! You supply the film. We supply the popcorn. We’ll screen any film under 10 minutes for our raucous, irreverent audience and comedian emcees the Sklar Brothers. Sign-ups are first come, first served, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Bring your sense of humor, and be prepared for cheers and jeers. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum!
    Join us on Sunday, March 10th for a FREE screening of the film The Eagle Huntress (2016, dir. Otto Bell, DCP, 87 min). Set against the breathtaking Mongolian Steppe, The Eagle Huntress follows young Aisholpan as she trains to become her tribe’s first female eagle hunter in 12 generations. Featuring awe-inspiring cinematography, the film captures Aisholpan’s determination to master an ancient, male-dominated sport and is an extraordinary story about family, tradition, and the courage to soar. 11AM at the Hammer Museum!
    Join us on Wednesday, February 20th for a FREE Flux screening series, which brings together the creative community to celebrate outstanding short films and music videos from around the globe with wildly inventive filmmaker presentations and performances. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum! https://www.facebook.com/events/549085982256616/
    Join us on Sunday, February 10th for a FREE screening of Modern Times (1936, dir. Charlie Chaplin, 35mm, 87 min). This comic masterpiece marks Charlie Chaplin’s swan song as the Little Tramp, an iconic character, as well as his first use of a recorded soundtrack. Modern Times takes aim at the dark side of technology and mass production, all with Chaplin's signature wit and style. 11AM at the Hammer Museum! https://www.facebook.com/events/270577420281241/