The Santa Clarita International Film Festival is here to stay

A year after its debut, the Santa Clarita International Film Festival (SCIFF) is set to bring art to life in the Santa Clarita Valley for the second time. With around 1300 people in attendance, 175 films screened on site, 30 musical and comedy performances, and gallery and visual performances, the last festival was a huge success and was phenomenal. Five-star reviews on FilmFreeway and social media attest to the success of the festival.
“It was absolutely exceptional. The quality of the film was incredible, as was the quality of the presentation. The red carpet and the whole scene was exceptional. It kind of reminded me of Hollywood and the Oscars.” Those are the words of the Councilman and former Santa Clarita Valley Mayor Bill Miranda describing last year’s SCIFF.
This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better and will be held from 8-11 December 2022. The film program will take place at the Laemmle Theater in Newhall. It will be hosted by delightful stand-up comedian Kermet Apio, recognized as the winner of the Great American Comedy Festival. And the host of the closing party and awards ceremony is Emmy Award-winning journalist Chris Schauble. The opening act for the music on the music and comedy night is Los Angeles blues band Kelly’s Lot. While On Sacred Ground, a film directed by Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, is set to be the festival’s opening night film. On Sacred Ground, starring David Arquette, Amy Smart, Frances Fisher, Mariel Hemmingway and William Mapother, follows a journalist and oil company executive on opposite sides of the dispute over the controversial access pipeline route Dakota through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
For the closing night of the festival, the Norwegian cult classic, Long Flat Balls III, directed by Harald Zwart, is programmed. The Norwegian director of several award-winning short films, commercials and music videos will also be present. He is well known for directing Long Night at McCools, Karate Kid (the remake), Pink Panther 2 and The Twelveth Man, among others.
The SCIFF places great importance on promoting the community and the possibility for film creators to benefit from the proceeds of the festival. Therefore, all artists participating in the event will receive 25% of the box office revenue. Not-for-profit organizations collaborating with SCIFF will not be left out; they will also receive 25% of the proceeds.
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