Welcome to the 2017 Carmel International Film Festival


From the Filmmakers’ Reception to the VIP Cocktail Parties, and everything in between, there is something for everyone at the Carmel International Film Festival. Back by popular demand this year is the Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner. Filmmakers and guests enjoy the beautiful Carmel beach and some phenomenal food and beverages. The Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner is an unforgettable, quintessential festival experience.

We are also incredibly excited about the return of our Music Café, presented by Talking Animals Music, curated by Mark Governor, featuring live performances by young singer/songwriters. We’ve expanded our creation of last year’s Music Café. Check out our events page for all of the details.

For the exclusive, five star experience, go for the Patron Credential. It comes with concierge service, no lines, reserved seating, filmmakers lounge, and all parties including the exclusive Legends Dinner at Bernardus, VIP party, swag bag, framed print, and the list goes on!

Whichever you choose, we know that you will have a great time. There will be filmmakers all over town, so take the time to chat. They love to talk about their films, and the back-stories are always fascinating.

CIFF offers awards for winners in every category: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short, and Best Student Film.