SPIFF Update



2013 San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest)

 Announces Call for Entries

Los Angeles – April 17, 2013 – The 2013 San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) today announced that submissions for feature films; Native American, sports and environmental documentaries; shorts, 3D films, student films and screenplays are now open.  The second annual festival will be held October 4 – 6, 2013 at venues throughout San Pedro and Los Angeles.

Last year’s inaugural SPIFFest featured the Los Angeles festival premiere of the romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook.  The highly acclaimed film went on to win dozens of industry awards, including a Best Actress Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award for Jennifer Lawrence.

More than 50 features, documentaries, shorts and student films were screened at SPIFFest 2012.  The Festival also hosted several filmmaker discussion panels and IndieCon, one of Hollywood’s top-rated filmmaking workshop series.  Moderated by former veteran television writer and producer Charles Holland, IndieCon workshop panelists included screenwriter Larry Karaszewski (Problem Child, People vs. Larry Flint, Man on the Moon), film editor Sean Alberson (Rocky Balboa, Rambo, Warrior) independent film director Matthew Wilder (Your Name Here, Inferno, the Linda Lovelace Story).

SPIFFest was founded by international photographer and film festival producer Ziggy Mrkich as a tribute to San Pedro’s diverse culture, artistic community and film production history.  “We hope to expand on the success of last year’s festival by screening even more films that express unique voices and global perspectives,” says Mrkich.

Passes for the 2013 San Pedro International Film Festival are on sale now and can be purchased online at SPIFFest.org.

About SPIFFest

San Pedro International Film Festival’s mission is to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity and film production history.  SPIFFest provides audiences with extraordinary films from local and international filmmakers that educate, enlighten and entertain.  We also support community programs that help young filmmakers develop the skills needed to achieve their aspirations.

For more information email SPIFFest at info@SPIFFest.org.



SPIFF Call for Entries — now accepting submissions!

It’s official,  call for entries has opened! We look forward to receiving your submissions.

SPIFFest (2013) October 4th – 6th.

San Pedro International Film Festival Early Bird Rate Passes On Sale NOW!

To purchase passes CLICK HERE


Congrats — Silver Linings Playbook

SPIFFest2012 congratulates and wishes our closing night film and Best Feature Film Award winner SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK the best of luck at the 2013 Oscars!

Best Picture

Best Actor – Bradley Cooper

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actor – Robert De Niro

Best Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver

Best Director – David O. Russell

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – David O. Russell

Best Film Editing – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers

SPIFF 2012 Winners

Best Feature:  Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O’Russell (USA)

Best Documentary:  Return to Byzantium directed by Adelina Suvagau (Canada)

Best EcoDoc:  Quest For Energy directed by Vinit Parmar (USA)

Best Screenplay:  Dogs of the Pacific written by Julian Surface, Patrick Gaston, and Travis Parke (USA)

Best 3D Documentary Short:  Cosmic Journey directed by Jonathan Kitzen (USA)

Best Animated Short:  Reality Clock directed by Amanda Tasse (USA)

Best Short:  Get a Move On directed by Peter Oreskovic (Croatia)

Best Student Short:  Stejne Jako Ja directed by Michael Freise (Czech Republic)

Honorable Mention (Feature):  Night Boats directed by Igor Mirkovic (Croatia)

Honorable Mention (Screenplay):  Legacy Golden written by Tom Smolko (USA)

Honorable Mention (Shorts):  Forgetting Regret directed by Chris Kato (USA)

Honorable Mention (Student Shorts):  Water on Mars directed by Chase Smith (USA)

Honorable Mention (Music):  When Skies Are Blue directed by Tony Nawrocki (USA)

SPIFFest Congratulates our 2012 Winners!

Opening Night Pictures

Actress Brea Bee

Actress Golden Brooks

Director James Fargo

The Loneliest Planet Opening Night of SPIFF

Director: Julia Loktev

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, and Bidzina Gudjabidze

Runtime: 113 mins

Alex and Nica are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The couple hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time of moving through space. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, a gesture that’s over almost as soon as it begins. But once it is done, it can’t be undone. Once it is done, it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves. All the while, they are not alone. They are always with the guide, who witnesses their every move. The film plays off the relationship between young travelers and the places they travel to, between guide and guided. But at heart, it is a love story — a tale about betrayal, both accidental and deliberate, about masculinity, failure and the ambiguities of forgiveness.

Friday October 12th

8pm Warner Grand

To purchase tickets for Opening Night Film and After Party


Silver Linings Playbook Closing Night of SPIFF

Winner of the 2012 Toronto International FIlm Festival Audience Award!

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Sunday October 14th

6pm Terrace Cinemas

To purchase tickets for Closing Night Film and After Party


San Pedro International Film Festival Early Bird Rate Passes On Sale NOW!

Early bird catches the worm…and discounted access to SPIFF! 

For a limited time, the SPIFF Pass is available for only $39 (a $75 value). The SPIFF Pass gets you access to 3 days of screenings, workshops, and parties.

(The SPIFF pass does not include access to Opening Night, as seating is extremely limited – but can be purchased separately while quantities last.)

$25 Opening and Closing Night Screening and Party tickets are also available for purchase.

Get ’em at a discount now, because the price will go up soon!

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE

The San Pedro International Film Festival opens Friday October 12, 2012.

SPIFF celebrates new feature films, documentaries, short films, and student works.  Discussion panels, Q&A sessions with the filmmakers, opening and closing night premieres and parties and celebrity tribute programs are all key ingredients for the SPIFF.

The San Pedro International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the diverse culture and community of San Pedro with a wide spectrum of independent film, documentaries and shorts.  SPFF is committed to exhibiting films that embody inspiring entertainment for all, works that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the intent that these films enlighten audiences while providing invaluable exposure for filmmakers, local and international.


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