Anaheim International Film Fest Lineup is Up
Red carpet arrivals to Anaheim GardenWalk near the Disney resort, a gala and an after party accompany the opening night screenings in the UltraStar Cinemas, which will have presented 47 features and 80 shorts from 30 different countries by the time it all ends on Oct. 17.
The British black comedy Wild Target is about an uptight, middle-aged hitman (Bill Nighy) who has the hots for his latest target (Emily Blunt).
From the U.S., Monica & David is a year-in-the-life documentary about a young couple with Down syndrome preparing for their fairy tale wedding and the realities of married life afterward.
Japan's Summer Wars, which is about an epic computer battle, has been hailed as among the best anime features in recent years.
The Australian documentary Going Vertical reignites a 40-year-old debate over whether surfing on shortboards was introduced in America or Down Under.
From 1984, when Molly Ringwald had control of her full powers, Sixteen Candles is about a girl who deals with a mad crush, a dorky freshman and a family who forgets her milestone birthday. The screening is part of a tribute to Hughes.
The opening night short films are: Joshua and Rebekah Weigel's Butterfly Circus; Max Lang and Jakob Schuh's The Gruffalo; Iram Haq's Little Miss Eyeflap; Natalia Mirzoyan's My Childhood Mystery Tree; Lilli Birdsell's Once Upon a Crime; James Redford's Quality Time (starring Jason Patric); Cordell Barker's Runaway; and Peter Meech's Winner Best Short Film.
"The screening of multiple films on opening night enables us to welcome a larger audience of Orange County movie goers and shine the spotlight on more of our talented filmmakers," says AIFF chairman Sinan Kanatsiz in the lineup announcement.