where the heart of film lives
Calabasas Film Festival
September 2017
Calabasas, California
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The Calabasas Film Festival, a non-profit headquartered in the heart of where film lives, welcomes avid film goers, studio executives and key players in the entertainment industry to the ultimate festival experience. CFF is also dedicated to honoring the future of the industry by empowering young filmmakers with a platform for outreach through student screenings and events.


The Calabasas Film Festival showcases major film premieres, student films, documentaries and top quality film selections from all genres that are guaranteed to entertain. CFF provides the community an opportunity to connect over mutual passions for film and television while enjoying local culinary arts and entertainment. CFF will always be where the heart of film lives.


We are local award-winning film producers who have produced major studio films, documentaries, animation projects, and are currently involved in one-hour network drama. We have participated as filmmakers in Sundance, Newport Film Fest, and Santa Barbara Film Fest among others. We have executed various celebrity events, including those involved with the Oscars, Food and Wine Fest and movie premieres. 



CFF is an exciting festival filled with feature films, cocktail hours,
VIP parties, documentaries, and community. Below is the 2016
festival schedule. Click on the film title for more information.
Day 1
21 Sep 2016
Day 2
22 Sep 2016
Day 3
23 Sep 2016
Day 4
24 Sep 2016
Day 5
25 Sep 2016


From the creator of The Strangers comes a world of the lost… THE MONSTER. A chilling and tension-filled experience pits two ferociously strong women against one of the scariest and most shocking...
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After Party

Join us for food, wine and film talk at PEDALERS FORK immediately following the screening!!

Cocktail Party

Welcome to our 3rd annual pre-event cocktail party. Mingle with like minded film aficionados while enjoying beverages and tasty treats from Le Pain de Quotidien hosted by AMAWATERWAYS.


US Premiere of STICKY NOTES, a dramatic comedy in the vein of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. An emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles, returns to Florida to take care...
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Private Screening: THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue...
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Q&A with filmmakers and talent following the screening.   CREDITS Director: Steven C. Miller Producer: Randall Emmett CAST: Bruce Willis Christopher Meloni Dave Bautista Adrian Grenier

Documentary Screening: GOLD BALLS

    Q&A with filmmakers following the screening.

Documentary: The Hollywood Shorties

Q&A following the screening with filmmakers.

Documentary: Wheels Over Paradise

  Q&A with filmmakers following the screening.  

Cocktail Hour Presented by TOYOTA MIRAI

Be GREEN: Mix and Mingle with Toyota MIRAI owners on the beautiful Viewpoint Campus. Wines provided by Gagnon Cellars.


Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers and VIP After Party on the Marafino Family Terrace.     PRIOR to feature doc: WORLD PREMIERE of the ESPN FILMS 30for30 short, directed...
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Closing Night Party

Following the screening, there will be a catered after party in the courtyard with food, wine, a photo booth and live music!

Student Film Program

We are thrilled to announce the films accepted into the 2016 CFF Student Film Program!   2016 WINNERS: Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble: LOCKDOWN, Calabasas High School, Lily Andrews, Cassandra Briskman,...
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Festival Location

City of Calabasas

2016 CFF, The Buzz

Courtesy of CTV


I have been to many festivals over the years, but this has to rank in the top 5 of all time. -Paul Siegel, President, Eagle World Media

It felt wonderful being on the red carpet and seeing the film festival for the first time come to fruition. I think our city is a perfect fit for this type of festival and [there will be an] even bigger, better festival going forward. – David Shapiro, Mayor of Calabasas



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2016 Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous 2016 sponsors. If you are a prospective sponsor, welcome!
There are many unique branding and product placement opportunities throughout CFF,
download our Sponsorship Deck or visit our Sponsor Page to learn more.


Kelley Fries
Director and Co-Founder

Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing
Movie Treat: Sourpatch Kids

Nicole Fries

Favorite Movie: The Fugitive
Movie Treat: Popcorn with M&M’s

Natalie Khoury

Favorite Movie: Love Actually
Movie Treat: Milk Duds

Joe Fries

Favorite Movie: Chinatown
Movie Treat: Popcorn