Coronado Island Film Festival Congratulates 2017 Alumni for Academy Awards Honors

Acknowledgements: Monday, February 05th 2018

The second annual Coronado Island Film Festival was held over Veterans Day weekend at the start of Hollywood’s “Awards Season,” when the buzz about contenders for best movies, actors, directors, et al, was just beginning. Now the season is in full swing: The Golden Globes, and SAG Awards have already happened, and nominations for both the BAFTA (British equivalent to our Academy Awards) and Oscars have been announced. For a young film festival in a small beach community, we are excited to have brought Oscar-caliber screenings to our pass holders! The festival is proud to congratulate our 2017 alumni for their Oscar nominations: Lisa Bruce, who grew up in Coronado, brought us our Opening Night Film, Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, which she produced. It has received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Lisa will also be traveling to England for the BAFTA Awards ceremony Feb. 18, where Darkest Hour has received nine nominations. Director Steve James was honored with the Director Award at last year’s festival and we screened three of his films including his compelling documentary, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” which has been nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar. "Edith and Eddie," Audience Favorite winner in our Shorts Program, is nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject. Writer, producer, and editor Laura Checkoway was a part of our Women in Film panel. And congratulations to Pixar’s Dave Mullins, who has been nominated for Best Animated Short for “Lou,” which he brought to the festival. A longtime animator, (“Finding Nemo,” Ratatouille,” “Up,” etc.) “Lou” is Dave’s directorial debut. Last spring, CIFF presented a pre-release studio preview of DreamWorks Animation’s hilarious “The Boss Baby,” starring Alec Baldwin, which has been nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar. Producer Ramsey Naito was with us in November, lending her talents as a juror for the Best Female Filmmaker Award. The Oscars will be held March 4th, 2018. And we’ll be following it all closely, rooting for our faves, and we hope you will too!