“Filmmakers from all over the world will descend on the state’s capital starting on March 28 for the annual Sacramento International Film Festival (SFF). Not to be confused with other events, THE Sacramento Film Festival ™ boasts our region’s greatest showcase of international feature films, documentaries and independent shorts. Hollywood trade publications already rank SFF with many long-established film festivals.
SFF 07 features a host of international features, shorts and uncompromising documentaries. The Festival opens with ‘The Elephant King’ starring Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn. This haunting drama, which also opened Tribecca last year, is being hailed as a masterpiece. Also on marquee is the acclaimed dark comedy ‘Special’, starring Michael Rapaport. ‘Special’ runs March 31st at the Crest Theater and includes some very ‘special’ LIVE appearances.
In addition to a film line-up they won’t see anywhere else, SFF offers filmmakers and audiences some outstanding skill development opportunities. ‘SacTown 48’ film creation project challenges film makers to create a 4 to 7 minute film in just 48 hours for consideration by a panel of celebrity judges. In addition, Hollywood story editor Christopher Lockhart will host ‘Pitch Fest’, a forum for aspiring filmmakers to pitch their movie ideas to Hollywood big wigs. “The Pitch Fest is brutal,” said Martin Anaya, the festival’s executive director. “But it’s exactly what these filmmakers need…It’s also wickedly entertaining to watch. We’ll see whose egos survive this jolt of Hollywood reality.”
The Sacramento Film Festival is an arts organization with year round activities, culminating in an annual film celebration. Soon a complete program will be ready for the 2007 event. With the support of a passionate arts community, SFF attracts the best filmmakers, today’s hottest stars and thousands of film enthusiasts from around the world.”