The Santa Cruz Film Festival has been bringing creative, independent films to our community since 2002. We’ve exhibited more than 1,500 independent films by national and international filmmakers as well as films and videos produced in the greater Santa Cruz County and Monterey Bay Areas. Many of the films we screen are independent filmmakers’ only chance to show their work to the public.
This year the festival kicks off with an opening event at the Del Mar Theater on June 1 and continues with four days of screenings at the new Colligan Theater and two other venues within the Tannery Arts Center, June 2-5. The Colligan Theater construction was completed in the fall of 2015, and Jewel Theater Company opened their first theatrical performances in November. We have been looking forward to the opportunity to join the other artists and arts organizations present at the Tannery, and now that the Theater is completed, we have found a new, vibrant home for the Santa Cruz Film Festival.
This year’s exciting lineup includes several EarthVision themed documentaries about the environment, as well as creativity and arts-based themes to honor our new home in the Tannery Arts Center, and LGBT issues to partner with Santa Cruz Pride during the film festival. Our offering includes many other relevant, incisive topics as well as narrative films to thrill and delight you—some forty-five films in all. For four days, we will be screening a dozen or so films daily at our three venues: The Colligan Theater, the New Tannery World Dance Center, and the Radius Art Gallery, all located within the Tannery Arts Center at 1050 and 1060 River Street, in downtown Santa Cruz. Screen times are noon, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, and 9:15 p.m.
A festival pass is $100, $25 for under 21-year-olds. Individual tickets are $11/$10 for students and seniors.
The Santa Cruz Film Festival is an experience. It’s about enhancing awesome films by showing them in unconventional places with unexpected surprises. It’s all happening within a diverse arts community in a city and county where odd, interesting, and unusual are the norm.
We don’t just watch films, we experience them. We invite you to rethink the viewing experience at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, June 1-5.