Welcome to the 2015 Carmel International Film Festival

As we get closer and closer to the seventh annual Carmel International Film Festival, this event page will be your number one stop to learn more about the exciting events we have planned, which will fill five days of independent film complemented by contemporary art, music, conversations and lecture series, and much more. Specifics will begin to be updated toward the end of summer, so we encourage you to check back often for new information!



Our team of screeners is busy viewing hundreds of  films submissions that  will be narrowed down to just about a  hundred of the best independent  films in five different categories:  Narrative Feature, Documentary, Short,  Animation, and  Student.


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At the Carmel International Film Festival, the parties are more than just parties–they are a way of celebrating the community of independent film at the festival. From the Filmmakers Reception to the VIP Cocktail Parties, and everything in between, there is something for everyone. Back by popular demand this year is the Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner. Filmmakers and guests enjoy bonfires on the beautiful Carmel beach and some phenomenal food and beverages, the Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner is an unforgettable, quintessential Carmel experience. Cheers!

Women in Film

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In addition to its primary goal of encouraging and inspiring women working in the creative arts, the CIFF Women in Film Program is also one of the primary fundraisers for the Carmel International Film Festival’s scholarship and Awards program. CIFF awards several $2,500 scholarships every year to young film and art students.

The program is truly a celebration of women in the creative arts industries, with a special focus on nurturing the young women who will lead the industry in the future. One seat at every table is reserved for an artistic young woman because we believe all young women deserve a “seat at the table”.

Tables will sell out early. If you’re interested in purchasing a table please click on our “Buy Ticket” button and scroll to the bottom. Please call 831-625-3700 for additional information.

Conversations & Encounters

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Every year the Carmel International Film Festival hosts a series of lectures and workshops. Topics range from screenwriting to film financing, but often these conversations turn into much more than lectures. Success seldom just happens. It is hard work, dedication, and perseverance that build the foundation for success. There is always a back-story that is often as enlightening as the person’s current resume. Conversations and Encounters is an opportunity to get to know some of the industries most influential people.