2016 ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EXCITING LINE UP OF PREMIERES, AWARDS, PARTIES AND EVENTS FOR 3RD ANNUAL 5-DAY EVENT
NEW INAUGURAL AWARD: THE CONSCIOUS VISIONARY AWARD
Chaz Ebert to be Keynote speaker for Conscious Film Convergence
2016 ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL ATTRACTS STELLAR LINE-UP OF TOP-LEVEL FILM INDUSTRY
TO 3RD ANNUAL 5-DAY FILM EVENT
‘CONSCIOUS FILM CONVERGENCE’ AN EXCITING PROGRAM WITHIN THE FESTIVAL SPEAKS DIRECTLY TO FILMMAKERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND CONSUMERS OF TRANSFORMATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT
INAUGURAL ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL BREAKS NEW GROUND
1st Mind-Body-Spirit Fest Offers World Premieres, View & Do Experiences, Healing Village, Workshops
SEDONA, Ariz. (April 1, 2014): The inauguralILLUMINATE Film Festival will blend 22 transformative films, 15 enlightening speakers and workshops, a healing village and an innovative “view and do” experience for moviegoers to more deeply process and integrate what they see on screen while surrounded by Sedona’s stunning backdrop and transformative, healing qualities, May 29-June 1.
The first-of-its-kind mind-body-spirit film festival “is at the forefront of an exploding global conscious movement connecting the film industry to a growing, identifiable, interconnected community of conscious consumers,” said ILLUMINATE Founder and Executive Director Danette Wolpert, who spent five years as Miami International Film Festival Associate Director. “While industry festivals currently exist for most niche genres, one, surprisingly, does not exist for mind-body-spirit. With conscious cinema on the verge of exploding, the time is now and the opportunity is unparalleled.”
THEBROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, WAITING FOR MAMU EARN DIRECTORS’, AUDIENCE CHOICE HONORS
SEDONA, Ariz. (March 2, 2014): The Letters, the story of how Mother Teresa changed hearts and lives and inspired millions, earned the Audience Choice Award for Best of Fest and The Broken Circle Breakdown and Waiting for Mamu collected Audience and Directors’ Choice Awards for Best Foreign Film and Best Documentary, both short and humanitarian, respectively, at the 20th annual Sedona International Film Festival.
The weeklong Festival screened 168 films that played to more than 10,000 filmgoers and included presentations by Susan Sarandon, Thomas Morgan, Mariel Hemingway, Shirley Knight, Stefanie Powers, Kweku Mandela, James Redford, Jeremy Leven, Terrance and Oorlagh George and Naomi Watts, among others.
The Belgian film and Academy Award-nominated (Best Foreign Film) The Broken Circle Breakdown is an intensely moving portrait of a relationship that is tested when tragedy strikes. Waiting for Mamu, a film by Morgan and Sarandon, tells the story of Pushpa Basnet, who has created a home for Nepalese children imprisoned along with their parents. Basnet, known as Mamu by the 40 children living in her home, was the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year.
160 FILMS, SPECIAL GUESTS SUSAN SARANDON, CNN 2012 HERO OF THE YEAR, MARIEL HEMINGWAY, BRAD PAISLEY
Films From The Joe Show to Waiting for Mamu and Toxic Hot Seat to Le Chef
SEDONA, Ariz. (Feb. 4, 2014): With consistent community backing to ensure success and a forward-driving strategy to build an industry-wide reputation based on the overall Sedona experience for filmmakers, the public and sponsors, the Sedona International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a powerful lineup of nearly 160 features, documentaries, shorts and special guests, Feb. 22 to March 2.