"Shuffle" wins coveted Frank Capra Award

Brilliant writing and direction wins Director Kurt Kuenne FIFF’s top award. Shuffle is a tale of a man who begins experiencing his life out of order; every day he wakes up at a different age, on a different day of his life, never knowing where or when he's going to be once he falls asleep. A 'Twilight Zone'-style mystery that will hold you captive till the very end.

Winning film will be shown Friday, April 5th as a part of Screening Four beginning at 6:30 pm.

Opening Night Filmmakers' Reception

SPECIAL EVENT - Friday, April 5th, 9:00 pm: Join us for our opening night Filmmakers Reception at Z-Cafe in River Village Plaza. Several of the Village's top restaurants will be providing yummy hors d'oeuvres… and… between 9:00 and 9:30, the first beer is on us (afterwards a cash bar will be available for refreshments). Local talent Britt Doerhing will be performing with her soulful voice and acoustic guitar plus we will be joined by Alton Williams (from the reality show The Real World Las Vegas). This is a great networking opportunity for filmmakers and a fun place to rub elbows with upcoming talent for those of us not in the movie making business. Always a lot of fun, this party kicks off the festival. You won't want to miss it! Admission is free with a VIP pass or $25 at the door.

David R. Ellis Tribute

Friday, April 5th, 6:30 pm: A special, short memorial film honoring award winning Hollywood stuntman-turned-director and our 2011 recipient of the FiFF Spotlight Tribute Award will be shown during the Capra Award film screening. David passed away unexpectedly in South Africa during a film production in January.

David's filmography includes directing “Cellular” starring Kim Basinger and William H. Macy which Entertainment Weekly said was "pure chase-thriller excitement" and USA Today called it a "well-paced action film in the vein of ‘Speed’. As 2nd Unit Director, he directed all the action sequences in “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. He directed “Final Destination 3D" which has grossed over 200 million dollars world-wide. In all, he has directed eight films including "Snakes on A Plane" and the huge Disney hit, "Homeward Bound 2, Lost in San Francisco”. His last completed film was "Shark Night 3D." Director David R. Ellis was an Honorary Board Member of the Fallbrook Film Factory.

David Hasselhoff to receive Career Achievement Award

Sunday, April 7th, 5:00 pm: The 2013 Festival is most honored to have multi-talented performer David Hasselhoff as our Career Achievement recipient. Guinness Book of World Records names David “The Most Watched TV Star in the World,” His series “Baywatch” ran for 11 years and is still viewed in 140 countries by over one billion viewers every week… that’s a WOW!

David became interested in acting, dancing, and singing and a young age, which led him to attend both the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Michigan and the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. His acting career began to gain popularity when he became a regular on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” However, it was the series “Knight Rider,” in the 80’s that truly kick started his career. The international success of that show led to him winning the People's Choice Award for most popular actor.

On top of Hasselhoff’s continuous involvement in the film and television industry, he is also an active philanthropist. David founded the charity “Race for Life,” which grants wishes to terminally ill children. He is also heavily involved in “Wheels for Humanity,” where he personally delivers wheelchairs to disabled children and adults across the world. David’s often stated mantra is that, "If you’re blessed, I believe it is your moral obligation to give that blessing to someone else.”

It goes without saying that we are blessed to have such an influential actor and caring individual as our celebrity guest.

Terry Leonard to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Sunday, April 7th, 5:00 pm: This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is renowned stuntman and Second Unit Director Terry Leonard. Starting all the way back with John Wayne, Terry, a real-life rodeo cowboy has preformed stunts for 125 titles leading up to and including Oscar award winning film “Inception”.  Additionally he has been a second unit director on 43 major works including– Fast And Furious, Sum Of All Fears, Rush Hour, Mighty Joe Young, Eraser, Die Hard III, The Fugitive, Romancing The Stone, Conan The Barbarian, and Apocalypse Now just to name a few.

Leonard’s success in the stunt community has not gone unrecognized. He was honored by the World Stunt Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Stuntman Award and is also a team roper for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Terry Leonard has been described as a genuine, kind-hearted, gentleman by his fellow colleagues, and we are honored to have such an accomplished, well-rounded individual as our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Three Top Industry Specialist to Host Workshops

Saturday, April 6th, 10:00 – 3:30 pm:  Starting with Corey Eubank's "Shooting Action". Corey will share secrets of shooting action/stunt sequences in his 21 years of 113 films. Action buffs… don't miss this one!

Next is "Production Design" with Mayne Berke who will focus on his extensive work throughout the entire filming and completion process of “The Princess Diaries,” iconic film series… from the man who has been there, done that!

Followed by Cindy Miguens with John & Suzanne Chadwick's "Red Carpet Makeup & Hair". Cindy is the Head Makeup Artist on "Pretty Little Liars" and together they will show you secrets the stars use to make them look like, well, movie stars. The Chadwicks have over 350 Hairdressing and Hair Color Awards, including the esteemed award: Educators of the Century.  This one's for you ladies!

Click here to go to Workshops.

Concert in River Village Plaza

Saturday, April 6th, 4:00 – 9:00 pm: This year, music plays an important role in the Fallbrook International Film Festival with a concert in the grassy area next to Peking Wok. On Saturday, a full line-up of performances is slated ranging in musical style from pop to folk and blues. Tyler Matl - straight from Nashville - opens the show at 4:00 pm, followed by Rainbow's own "Tacky Little Hat Shop" at 5:45 pm. Closing out the show will be Lee Koch at 7:45 pm, Temecula native and harmonica-player extraordinaire. Join us for this fun-filled afternoon, guaranteed to get your feet moving! Event is Free!

To learn more click here.

Jerri Patchett to be honored at Awards Ceremony

Jerri PatchetSunday, April 7th, 5:00 pm: Jerri Patchett, Director of the Fallbrook Arts, Inc. will be honored with our Patron of the Arts Award, given each year to a member of our community who promotes the arts in the greater Fallbrook/Bonsall area.

Jerri and her husband, Frank, moved from Glendale to Fallbrook in 1999.  A strong believer in community service, she immediately began volunteering.  She is co-founder and President of the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance, a non-profit that beautifies our community and maintains over 30 pieces of public art.   Jerri is President of Fallbrook Arts Inc.  and is co-chairman of their Capital Campaign whose goal is to raise $5 million to insure Fallbrook becomes a leading arts destination through multiple venues for art appreciation.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fallbrook Village Association.  She is Past President of the Friends of the Fallbrook Library and was Chair of the Friends' of the Library Building Task Force, devoting 10 years to Fallbrook's new library project.  She served two terms as President of the Fallbrook Garden Club.  She was the 2009 Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year" and was Grand Marshall of Fallbrook's Christmas Parade in 2011.

Awards Ceremony at Pala Casino

SPECIAL EVENT, Gala Awards Banquet - Sunday, April 7th. Doors open at 5:00 pm for meet and greet during cocktail hour, Dinner at 6:00, Awards begin at 7:00, Dancing until 11:00:

This year’s Awards Gala will once again be held at the fabulous Pala Casino Spa Resort our festival’s major sponsor. If you attended our last event then you know this is a spectacular Gala buffet dinner not to be missed. And the new venue room for this gala will cause your jaw to drop …taking place in the state-of-the-art Infinity Room complete with stage and dance floor and this year featuring The City Limits Band. So get ready to put on your dancing shoes!

The evening will again be honoring some of Hollywoods' finest along with our local Patron of the Arts recipient Jerri Patchett. Followed by all of our film nominees with winners receiving a unique custom designed award made by local artist Robin Vojak of CR Studio 5. Then the grand prize, The Frank Capra Award to be presented by Hollywood Director, Frank Capra III to the Capra winning film.

Pala Casino is conveniently located on Hwy 76, just 5 miles East of the I-15 and 10 ½ miles East of the Digiplex Cinemas in Bonsall. There is plenty of free parking however seating in the Gala is limited. Admission is free for VIP Pass holders, but RSVP’s a must. Individual tickets are $75, and are available at our Festival Headquarters right next to the Digiplex Cinemas.

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