The Carmel Art and Film Festival screened more than 75 films in a half dozen venues in 2011, including under the stars on Carmel Beach, and once again we presented the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award. The award is designed to give Clint and his wife, Dina, wide latitude on deciding a winner. It can go to anyone working in the film industry: directors, actors, and cinematographers - anyone who embodies Clint's commitment to the craft of filmmaking. In 2011 the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award went to Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black for his work in "J.Edgar"
2011 was a big year for the Carmel Art and Film Festival, which was honored to offer our audiences a special screening of Clint Eastwoods's "J.Edgar." Clint and Black were on hand to offer their perspectives on the film and filmmaking. James Franco's "Sal" made its North American premiere with Franco in attendance. Other films featured in 2011 have continued to pick up awards and recognition. Tilda Swinton was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." "Henley," which won Best Short at Carmel Art and Film has also won top honors at other festivals and was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.
Women in Film brought together five powerhouse women who are helping to reshape the film industry. From lunch on stage at the Sunset Cultural Arts Center, to the lively panel discussion to the screening of Valerie Weiss' feature "Losing Control," is was an exhilarating afternoon of conversation and cultural immersion. The filmmakers' dinner on the beach was a big followed by Pixar Shorts on the beach - a wonderful free community event. Celebrity photographer Michael Childers and his compelling portrait photography gave us a unique and compelling look Hollywood stars through the last five decades. That's just a few of the highlights from last year - can't wait for CAFF 2012.