One of the world’s most respected film critics and historians, Leonard Maltin, will serve as honorary jury president for the inaugural Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) that will debut Jan. 15-18, 2016.
Maltin is best known for his widely used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, as well as his 30-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, appears regularly on Reelz Channel and hosts the weekly podcast Maltin on Movies with Baron Vaughn for the Wolfpop network.
His books include The 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Movie Comedy Teams, The Great American Broadcast and Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia.
Maltin and his wife, Alice, will be present for the entire festival and will introduce celebrity honorees, present the awards to filmmakers and participate in panel discussions, including the “Meet the Critics” breakfast.
CIFF will feature films in three categories: documentaries, shorts and narratives. Submissions are now being accepted; for submission information, go to coronadofilmfest.com. Submission prices are $50 through Aug. 15; $60 through Oct. 15 and $70 through Oct. 31.