4th Annual San Pedro International Film Festival Oct 9-11th


Fourth Annual San Pedro International Film Festival Announces 2015 Film Lineup
International Film Festival Returns to San Pedro October 9 - 11, 2015 with a special screening of “A Ballerina Tale” featuring San Pedro’s beloved Misty Copeland

SAN PEDRO, CA – A juried presentation of diverse and outstanding films from Vietnam to Cuba, will be shown as part of the three-day San Pedro International Film Festival starting Friday, October 9, 2015 running until Sunday, October 11, 2014. Headquartered at the Historic Warner Grand Theatre in Downtown San Pedro, SPIFFEST celebrates the history of film in the community as well as the spirit of independent artists and filmmakers.  With over 500 submissions in the short film, documentary, music videos, screenplays, and full-length feature categories received for the Fourth Annual San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFEST), the 2015 official lineup is now available.


The festival begins Friday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. with a welcome kickoff and red carpet at the Historic Warner Grand Theatre welcoming guests and press followed by the opening night feature.


In addition to the feature film lineup, SPIFFest has partnered with LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women®  as part of the 15th Annual National Touring Film Festival. Dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, these short films will be presented at The Grand Annex on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Screening nine short films by women filmmakers, the shorts range from animation to drama and cover health, body image and cultural diversity.


Followed by a full-line up on Saturday and Sunday showcasing five short films, music videos, and documentaries,  festival goers can also enjoy panel discussions, attend Q&A with filmmakers, and gain access to VIP events following feature film screenings including  Leaves of the Tree. Written and directed by Ante Novakovic, Leaves of the Tree focuses on a once powerful lawyer sidelined by a life threatening disease to a remote corner of Sicily. Struggling to discover the medicinal uses of the tree, the film combines faith, doubt, and belief when people come into contact with its restorative properties. Starring Eric Roberts as the dying man, Leaves of the Tree, focuses on the sometimes blurred line between humanity and divinity.


Also screening on Saturday is 2030 directed by Min Nguyen-Vo and screened at the Berlin Film Festival. In a near future Vietnam where global warming and rising seawater levels have forced cultivation to be done on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a suspect of her husband's murder.

With a session titled “Innovation in Filmmaking, 3D, Technology, and the Future of the Planet,” SPIFFest will be hosting a 3D and Virtual Reality experience in a panel discussion. Focusing on the proliferation of digital platforms, tech solutions, and computer-based discoveries in the fields of special effects and filming, attendees will learn about 3D to green screens from iMax to CGI. 


Closing events on Sunday, October 11, 2015 include a special screening of A Ballerina’s Tale which tells the rise of San Pedro’s very own Misty Copeland. Featuring exclusive and unseen footage of the famous African-American ballerina, the film explores themes of race and body image in ballet. The screening is followed by a VIP Party in downtown San Pedro.  Limited tickets are available to this event.


Ziggy Mrkich, Director of the San Pedro International Film Festival, said, “SPIFFEST is thrilled to return to a city with such a rich film history. With over 500 films and tv shows shot in the city of San Pedro, SPIFFEST is a continuation of our efforts to connect film-loving audiences with the next generation of independent filmmakers. With the unique lineup this year, we are able to showcase up-and-coming international filmmakers and appreciate these outstanding independent artists.”


Festival passes are available for $60.00 which includes access to all film screenings and panels and limited VIP Festival Passes are available which grant access to VIP events, all film screenings and panels starting at $95.00

The San Pedro International Film Festival is was founded to celebrate the diverse culture and community of San Pedro with a wide spectrum of independent film, documentaries, and shorts. SPIFF is committed to exhibiting films that embody inspiring entertainment for all.  Only works that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives are shown to enlighten audiences while providing invaluable exposure for filmmakers, both local and international. San Pedro has been the port district of the City of Los Angeles since 1909 and it is documented that Spanish ships visited the port back in the 1540?s.  Because of its proximity to the ocean, San Pedro attracted various cultures with prominent fishing traditions.  It became ethnically diverse and people were able to settle down, continue their own traditions, and eventually start businesses in the area.  San Pedro is a melting pot of people from Italy, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Norway, Japan, and a large portion of the community is made up of Mexican-Americans and African-Americans. The up and coming waterfront city is one of Los Angeles’s hidden secrets with a great art scene, well as Crafted, a large craft and artisanal food marketplace.  San Pedro is a wonderful mix of this emerging culture and cultural history.  Points of interest are the USS Iowa floating museum, the fully operational museum ship the SS Lane Victory, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the LA Maritime Museum, and  the Vincent Thomas Bridge.