The Carmel Art and Film Festival honors five filmmakers every year with the highlight being the presentation of the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award. Designed to give Clint and Dina Eastwood wide latitude in choosing the winner, the award is given to a filmmaker who embodies Clint's commitment to the craft. It is given to a director, actor, producer, cinematographer - whatever exceptional work captures the attention of Clint and Dina that year. In 2011, Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was given the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award for his work on "J.Edgar." All submissions are considered for the coveted Clint Eastwood Filmmakers award.



In keeping with our commitment to both fine art and film, the Carmel Art and Film Award is truly a work of art. California Sculptor Gustavo Torres is the creative force behind the design. Torres' signature style is evident in the graceful lines of an angel about toe take flight. Torres, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, shares his life and vision through sculpture fashioned in bronze, and he is both a talented fine artist and master craftsman. His visual imagery reflects the deep, quiet spirit of antiquity, and rough finger work and carefully chosen patinas convey a worn, earthy presence. Festival organizers wanted an award that represented their commitment to art at all levels. Gustavo's design delivered on that mandate - elevating the award to a work of art.