We are committed to promoting film as an art form by focusing on personal, innovative, imaginative films by writers and directors with a unique style and point of view. We present these films in the beautiful natural setting of Mammoth Lakes—a perfect backdrop for an independent film festival and a premier tourist destination in its own right.
Because we are a destination resort, just a 4- to 5-hour drive or a quick flight from Los Angeles, we have strong allies within the entertainment industry. Our jury members are acclaimed artists and professionals from the world of independent films and the mainstream entertainment industry. We give awards in the categories of Narrative Features, Documentary Features, and Short Films. In 2018 we awarded cash and prizes valued at more than $40,000. We also provide travel stipends, housing, and festival passes for our filmmakers.
Some of our past jury members have included Andrew Lazar (Academy Award winning Producer of AMERICAN SNIPER), Allison Amon (Emmy Award winning Producer of THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES), John Feidler (Producer of SERIAL MOM and PECKER), Rachel Winter (Academy Award nominated Producer of DALLAS BUYERS CLUB).
2018 attending press included Variety, Associated Press, The Wrap, Movie Maker Magazine, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post among many others.
2018 sponsors included Honda, , Panavision, Light Iron, BlueMoon, Black Box Wines, VER, among many others.