Spotlight starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Live Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci. Directed by Tom McCarthy
Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight starring an all-star ensemble cast that includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci; Room starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay; Drew Barrymore’s Miss You Already and Cannes Film Festival award winners Son of Saul and Mustang headline the preliminary feature line-up for the Carmel International Film Festival, October 21-25, 2015. “It’s an exciting time as the line-up takes shape,“ says CIFF CEO and President Tom Burns, “and we expect to add more top flight films in the coming days.” The fest will screen more than 100 films in five categories: narrative feature, documentary, short, student and animation.

In addition to an impressive list of features, CIFF once again offers a strong slate of documentaries including All Things Must Pass, Colin Hanks’ exploration of the rise and fall of Tower Records and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon. Buried Above Ground, makes its West Coast Premiere. Award winning filmmaker Ben Selkow takes an in-depth look at posttraumatic stress through the eyes of those suffering. Lizzie Velasquez brings her powerful anti-bullying message to the CIFF stage with A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, and director Robin Hauser Reynolds returns to CIFF with her new project: Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, which has been presented at the White House.

A new partnership with the Middlebury Institute for International Studies has opened up a wonderful new venue for documentary film screenings. “The collaboration with MIIS is allowing us to screen even more documentary films from around the world on such diverse subjects as school girls in Yemen trying to break out of traditional roles to fair trade cacao growers in Panama struggling to survive,” says Burns, “There is something for everyone.”

Added to the shorts and student programs this year, a spotlight on specific partnerships with some of the top film schools in California: University of Southern California, University of California, Santa Cruz, American Film Institute and Chapman University. Burns says, “Working with top film schools introduces us to the filmmakers of the future – we get an early look – including Student Academy Award winners — and that’s always compelling.”