Coast Film Festival brings days of adventure to Laguna Beach


LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Get ready for adventure and life-changing stories as the Coast Film Festival is back for its third go-around. Screenings galore, Q&A with filmmakers and all the hype surrounding it takes place November 10-14 at the Festival of Arts Grounds.

There will be three screening areas: one indoors at the Forum Theater, a classic hall with a red velvet curtain that can accommodate 230 people. Outside, the covered 450-seat Green Theater and the smaller Storyteller’s Lounge for a more relaxed setting.

Daytime shows include blocks of short films and feature films at the Forum Theater. The “Mountains & Snow”, “Get Outside” and “Oceans & Surf Culture” filmmaker evenings offer several films and questions and answers. Sunday’s “Legends of Laguna” with professional filmmakers and athletes will undoubtedly be sold out.

Ariel Tweto, who appeared in last year’s Greg MacGillivray film “Into America’s Wild”, joins Pat Parnell this year. The Unalakleet, Alaska native came to Laguna for the festival in 2020 and stayed. Ariel takes control of CFF21 social media accounts so we can all have fun.

Opening night at the Hobie Surf Shop in Laguna Beach promises new stories around making a classic with “Birth of the Endless Summer”.

Ideally, you get a VIP all-festival pass to see all the shorts and feature films and even participate in a sunrise yoga or hike.

If you need to narrow down your choices in one way or another, select General Admission All Day or VIP Passes. All day means 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s the full program.

Badass, patriarchy breakers should not be ignored. Courtesy Coast Film Festival 2021

Saturday’s “Oceans & Surf Culture” showcase features two must-see documentaries hosted by Pat Parnell, which will most likely be sold out.

“Girls Can’t Surf” at 5pm refutes its title with a stellar cast of 1980s pros: Jodie Cooper, Pam Burridge, Pauline Menzcer, Frieda Zamba, Wendy Botha, Lisa Andersen, Layne Beachley. Directed by Christopher Nelius and written by Nelius and Julie-Anne De Ruvo, the Australian film promises “A Mad Ride of Rebellion, Shattering Patriarchy and a Bitter Adventure”.

The West Coast premiere of “Waterman, The Story of Duke Kahanamoku” follows.

It’s not just the movies, but all the fun surrounding it that makes it truly festive.

  • An art exhibition on the theme of mountains and the ocean organized by Charles Adler. Meet the artists and discover the stories behind the art
  • Silent nightclub with DJ
  • Exhibitor area to get in touch with sponsors and partners
  • Prize draw to support non-profit organizations every evening
  • Play area for children
  • Multiple bars
  • Food trucks, small Terra plates and snack bar

Your entrance tickets not only get you the adventure of each movie, but a portion goes to these nonprofits:

  • Laguna Canyon Foundation
  • Surfrider OC
  • Protect our winters
  • 1% for the planet
  • Coast Film Emerging Filmmaker Grant

You can always select an individual event and go to that screening.

If you can’t attend the film festival in person, invest in a virtual pass, which lets you watch over 50 films on an Apple or Android device after Coast Film Fest closes. The virtual festival program is organized by theme and runs from November 16 at 5 p.m. to November 28 at noon.

Whichever way you participate, it’s going to be awesome. Let us know what you are most looking forward to.

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