6th Annual ‘Cinema at the Edge’ Film Festival Santa Monica Opens September 27

Press Release


Housed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405, nestled in the Frank Gehry designed complex on bustling Main Street in the beach town of Santa Monica, California, the Sixth Annual Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival will present films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium from September 27-30, 2018.

A full schedule of films being screened at the Festival, plus panels, parties and special events, will be forthcoming.

The larger film festivals all too often rally around a small group of films in a given season, and many high quality projects that don’t immediately catch fire fall through the cracks. Cinema at the Edge will give these films another chance to connect with audiences and to gain exposure and additional opportunities for global distribution.

The Edgemar Center for the Arts is well known on the west side of Los Angeles as a venue where up and coming talent share quality work, and Artistic Director Michelle Danner is thrilled to now invite the global independent film community to experience this vibrant, beachside community.

Previous iterations of the festival have welcomed industry leaders as Honorary Chairs of the festival, as well as a celebrity jury that included film veterans such as Susan Sarandon and John Singleton.

Cinema At the Edge will also feature opening and closing night parties, an award ceremony, and a series of panels with an emphasis on the filmmaking process. Previous panels featured distinguished industry professionals including feature film directors.

In 2018, Cinema at the Edge will present narrative feature, documentary and short film programs. Jury and audience awards will be given in each category. While the programmers are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, an additional commitment is to see that the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore the winners of the jury and audience awards in each category will be viewed by industry professionals working in international film distribution and considered for acquisition.

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