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Two Top Award Winning Short Films Mark the Last Free Screening

on Tuesday, 26 February 2013.

by Ronald Shattuck

Fallbrook, Calif., February 26, 2013 – On Sunday March 10th he Fallbrook International Film Festival presents the last of its free pre-festival library screenings. The first short drama film “Heal”, written and directed by Pakistani filmmaker Mian Adnan Ahmad and produced by Marcus Metsala of Chapman University was the winner of the 2011 Frank Capra Award.

Heal is the story a young boy named Azeem who discovers he has an extraordinary gift.
Living in a region devastated by war his village can only provide the bare minimum setup for school when suddenly its lone teacher is hit hard by the conflict. Azeem, who has deep feelings for his teacher and his classmates finds himself faced with an ultimate decision. Runtime 24 min.

The second film “The Desperate” is a powerful drama short written/directed by Iranian-Jewish filmmaker Ben-Hur Sepehr. The film has received many awards and was an Academy Awards consideration in 2010.

The Desperate, based on a true story, is about an imprisoned, eminent Jewish doctor who, on the eve of his scheduled execution in a concentration camp during World War II, is conscripted at gunpoint to perform emergency surgery on the son of a fearsome Nazi general. Runtime 33 min.

Both producer Marcus Metsala and writer/director Ben-Hur Sepehr will be present for a Q&A. “These are two films you won’t soon forget!”, says Ronald Shattuck, Co-Festival Director.

The double feature screens Sunday, March 10th at 5 PM at the Fallbrook Library in the large Community Room. Free to the public, seating limited, mature subjects.

Frank Capra Award to be Made Into Bronze

on Wednesday, 06 February 2013.

by Ronald Shattuck

Fallbrook, Calif., February 6, 2013 – Fallbrook sculptor Leo Lira Romero’s beautiful three-dimensional relief of the legendary film director Frank Capra will finally be cast in bronze on Saturday, Feburary 16th. Created in 2010 for the top winning film for the Fallbrook Film Festival it was then awarded to writer/director Michael Schroeder for his film “Man In The Chair”.

“We had no funds to turn it into bronze back then or for the 2011 festival either. So I cast it in Poly Resin and Kenny Adler stained it with shoe polish to give it a bronze look” says Leo Romero.

In 2012, the Film Festival Committee asked Fallbrook’s Brandon Roy of the newly formed California Sculpture Academy if he would prepare dies for a bronze casting.

The bronze pour will take place Saturday the 16th at 5 pm at the rear of the red Foundry building at 300 E. Alvarado in downtown Fallbrook, Brandon will follow with an iron pour at 6 pm of other local artist’s works. Ronald Shattuck and crew will be filming the pours for a short documentary, “The Making of the Frank Capra Award”. Public is invited.

Free Screening of Film “Man in the Chair”

on Friday, 01 February 2013.

by Ronald Shattuck

Fallbrook, Calif., February 1, 2013 – Fallbrook International Film Festival presents its next Fallbrook Library screening Sunday, February 17th, 5 PM in the large Community Room.

“We had a packed turnout at our first screening and look forward to doing it again”, says Shirley Duke, Film Submittal Coordinator for the festival. “This time were are showing writer/director Michael Schroeder’s ‘Man in the Chair’ winner of the 2010 Frank Capra Award”.

Staring Christopher Plummer as an ornery old Hollywood gaffer who happens to be the last surviving crew member of Orson Welles’ masterpiece “Citizen Kane”. The crusty old gaffer becomes hounded by an obsessive teenage movie geek wanting his help to produce a student film. Also starring Robert Wagner and M. Emmet Walsh. Michael Schroeder who struggled eight years to make this powerful independent film will try his best to be present for Q&A.
Free to the public, seating limited. Runtime 107 min. Mature subjects/language.

Fest Films Enter Final Judging Process

on Tuesday, 22 January 2013.

by Ronald Shattuck

Fallbrook, Calif., January 22, 2013 – After seven months of considering 197 submitted films, judges of the 2013 Fallbrook International Film Festival will spend the rest of the month of January locking down their top picks. International Films from Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom alone make up 75 of these entries.

Based on early feed back from the judges, it is estimated that 55 to 70 of the submitted entries, both full features and shorts, comedies, drama, musical, romance, documentaries and student films will qualify for the 3-day event which includes workshops, music and parties.

As part of Fallbrook’s “April in Fallbrook” happening, the film festival will take place April 5, 6 & 7 at the new Digiplex Destinations Cinemas (formally UltraStar Cinemas) in River Village Plaza in Bonsall, California.

To learn more an updated Film Festival website will begin to show film listings starting in mid-February.

Free Festival Screening at Fallbrook Library

on Thursday, 10 January 2013.

by Alex Ogden

FALLBROOK, Calif.,  January 10, 2013 — The Fallbrook International Film Festival is jumpstarting their season with a series of free film screenings held at the local library. The first film being shown is “Listen to Your Heart,” a 100 minute musical drama that follows a struggling songwriter and hearing-impaired woman as they fall in love against all odds. This film is a truly touching drama that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

“Listen to Your Heart” was directed by Matt Thomson and stars Kent Moran. The film also features Cybill Shepherd, winner of three Golden Globe awards. Moran, who will be present at the screening, is also the writer of this moving piece and dedicated the film to his cousin, Nicole, who passed away from cancer at age 18. The idea came to Moran in a series of dreams that took place over two weeks. Each morning, Moran would write down notes, which eventual led to this feature length film.

“Listen to Your Heart” won the Fallbrook International Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award in 2011. The screening will be held in the library’s community room Sunday, January 27, at 5PM. The event is free, but seating is limited.

The 2013 film festival will kickoff the community-wide “April in Fallbrook” and will take place April 5, 6 & 7 at the new Digiplex Destinations Cinemas (formally UltraStar Cinemas) in River Village Plaza in Bonsall, California.

Film Factory Hosts Sundowner at Pala Casino

on Thursday, 10 January 2013.

by Alex Ogden

FALLBROOK, Calif.,  January 10, 2013 — On January 16th, the Fallbrook Film Factory is hosting the January Sundowner for both the Fallbrook and Bonsall Chamber of Commerce. This special Sundowner will take place in Pala Casino’s luxurious Sycamore room at 5:30 PM. What makes this meeting unique is not only the delicious appetizers and live musical performance by Fallbrook local, Britt Doehring, but Chamber members will also be briefed on plans for the Fallbrook International Film Festival which will be held April 5, 6 & 7 and the community wide concept known as “April In Fallbrook”.

And this year we will be honoring 15-year old Tierra-Mee Cruz and her teacher Julia Thomas. Tierra-Mee won the 2013 Film Fest Poster contest and will be awarded a Check for $300 plus two VIP tickets to our 3-day event.

Film Festival Offers $300 Prize for Poster Design

on Monday, 23 July 2012.

by Alex Ogden

FALLBROOK, Calif.,  July 23, 2012 — As the details for the 2013 Fallbrook International Film Festival begin to fall into place, one key aspect is still missing: a retro, eye catching poster and t-shirt design. The festival is challenging graphic designers and artists everywhere to come up with the best original, digital art for the festival’s poster and t-shirt design (which will use the same art). The design should reflect a retro theme, be completely original, digitally created, and in a vertical format.

The winner of the contest will receive $300 in addition to two VIP tickets to all three days of the 2013 Fallbrook International Film Festival! The deadline for submissions is October 31, and artists are welcome to submit as many designs as they like. The festival will be hosted April 5, 6 & 7 at the UltraStar Cinemas theater, located in the River Village Plaza in Bonsall, California. For complete details please visit and click-on INFO. We look forward to reviewing your creative submissions!

Calling all Filmmakers

on Saturday, 07 July 2012.

by Alex Ogden

FALLBROOK, Calif.,  July 7, 2012 — It’s that time of year again when the Fallbrook Film Festival is officially accepting submissions to their 5th annual international event. For those who have not heard all the hype surrounding this rapidly expanding mecca of creativity, the Fallbrook International Film Festival exists to foster diverse, unique, and intriguing pieces of cinematic art from across the globe.

The festival accepts submissions in essentially every category, and submissions have the chance to be awarded Best Drama, Comedy, Action, Musical, Documentary, Animation, Student Film, Judges’ Choice, and of course the coveted Frank Capra Award. The festival is pleased to announce that they are adding a new category this year, Best Action. This new and unique category was inspired by Hollywood action stunt community’s past support and involvement with the Fallbrook film festival. Much of this support comes from acclaimed action director and honorary board member David Ellis. Ellis is also arranging through the Film Factory to award a special scholarship to a deserving Fallbrook High School senior pursuing an education in film studies. Films will be judged based on excellence in storytelling, technical execution and meaningful purpose.

The 2013 festival will be taking place April 5, 6 and 7 and is hosted at the UltraStar River Village Theater, which is equipped with state of the art screening capabilities. With the early bird deadline approaching at the end of August, filmmakers are urged to get the worm and submit today! To learn more on how to submit a film visit: and click on the section,  FILMMAKERS.  The Fallbrook Film Factory and film lovers everywhere are ecstatic and eager to see what the 2013 festival has in store.

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