September 20th, 2011

Marina del Rey Film and Arts Festival Starts Tomorrow

We know this may come as a shock, but Los Angeles is home to a lot of movie buffs, movie fans and movie makers. It’s also home to countless film festivals–from the obscure (Pan-African Film Festival) to the well attended (Los Angeles  Film Festival). Local municipalities like Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey also have their own film fests, complete with red carpet parties, documentary screenings and the occasional screenwriting competition. Starting tomorrow, Marina del Rey will open their doors to the public for seven days of documentary films, shorts, screenplays, filmmakers and art from emerging talent both in the U.S. and abroad. The festival runs from Sept. 21-Sept. 26.

Whether you’re into movies or not, the Marina del Rey Film Festival is the perfect opportunity to spend a few days watching movies that might be the next big thing. (And who knows… you might even catch a celebrity sighting?) According to the Marina del Rey Film Festival website, you can expect “opening and closing night galas honoring celebs, guild sponsored panels, nightly red carpet parties, cash and sponsor prizes and a global screenwriting competition.” All of the events will  be open to the public, and screenings will be held in local state-of-the-art theaters, on yachts within the harbor and on outdoor inflatable wide screens under the stars–in true MDR fashion.

To purchase tickets, call founder Debbie Durkin at (310) 485-5377 or email