Film Festival Early Bird Passes Now on Sale

Coronado Island Film FestivalThe Early Bird catches the best deals at the third annual Coronado Island Film Festival. The third annual festival takes place over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9 – 12, and Early Bird passes are now on sale through the festival website at greatly discounted prices.

Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin returns this year as Festival Host and Honorary Jury President, and also returning from his debut at the inaugural festival is actor/musician Chris Lemmon, whose father Jack Lemmon starred in “Some Like it Hot.”  It will be the 60th anniversary of the filming of that classic comedy, which will screen on the very beach where it was filmed. Lemmon will present two performances of his all-new “Twist of Lemmon” tribute to his “Pop.”

Chris Lemmon

New this year will be “Culinary Cinema” in which movies featuring a food-related theme are followed by tastings that seemingly waft right off the screen.

The film festival will have a full four days and nights of more than 100 movies and events. Included in the lineup are feature films, documentaries and shorts, plus musical entertainment, parties, panel discussions, special performances, opportunities to mingle with celebrities and filmmakers, a hospitality lounge, and educational seminars.

VIP Crown City passes, offering the full festival experience, including Leonard Maltin’s Celebrity Tribute in the Hotel del Coronado Crown Room, are priced at $295. Last year that same pass was $595, and prices may go that high again as the festival draws closer. VIP passholders also receive priority entrance over all other passes.

For a full festival experience, including all of the above except the Celebrity Tribute, Film Buff passes are $195. They also will rise as the festival date draws closer.

To purchase passes, go to the festival website,

Hotel del Coronado is the festival’s presenting sponsor.


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: