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Chandler International Film Festival returns Saturday, Jan. 21

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Chandler film festival features films, parties, workshops & ‘The Red Carpet’
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

The Chandler International Film Festival begins Saturday, Jan. 21, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 29, at LOOK Dine-In Cinema, 1 W. Chandler Blvd.

Presenters of the festival report this year’s lineup offers a diverse range of international films and industry workshops.

In addition, CIFF will offer a variety of programming throughout the week including an opening night ‘Red Carpet’ award ceremony, Q&As with film makers and actors, nightly after parties and celebrity guest appearances by:

  • Rob Schneider starring in “Daddy Daughter Trip”;
  • Tom Proctor starring in “Guilt”;
  • Renata Manterola starring in “De Vuelta a Casa”;
  • Armando Gutierrez starring in “Bezos”; and
  • Flagstaff-native actor Bubba Ganter and Lovinder Gill who will be hosting various workshops.

Chandler film festival features films, parties & workshops

Known as one of the fastest growing film festivals in Arizona, CIFF will feature over 120 films from more than 35 countries. The film “Bezos” will kick-off the festival on Saturday, Jan. 21, with a Hollywood-style ‘Red Carpet’ prior to the premiere at 6 p.m. The film which is based off the book “Zero to Hero,” chronicles the true-life story of Jeff Bezos, a humble yet awkward entrepreneur on his mission to create Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company.

Opening night will conclude with an after party at Recreo, 28 S. San Marcos Place in Chandler.

On Sunday, Jan. 22, guests will have the opportunity to meet Rob Schneider during an event prior to the screening of his recent film, “Daddy Daughter Trip.” The festivities will begin at 2 p.m. where fans can meet the Emmy-nominated actor and take photos to commemorate the day.

A special Arizona-focused workshop hosted by Ramsay Wharton, program manager for the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Film & Digital Media program, will take place on Friday, Jan. 27.

Film industry professionals can learn about filming in Arizona and learn about the resources offered by the Arizona Film Commission.

CIFF will be partnering with Night of Hope as the official nonprofit of the festival. Additionally, the festival will be donating 50 tickets to Recreation and Athletics for Individuals with Disabilities students for the screening of “Daddy Daughter Trip” on Sunday, the release states.

Each of these featured movies will be making its Arizona premiere, including “Last Film Show” directed by Pan Nalin which has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars this year, “The Beast Below” also known as “LEIO” directed by Chalit Krileadmongkon, “Neon Bleed” directed by John Capone, “Dying to Sleep” directed by Paris Dylan, “It’s Spring” by Roman Musheghyan, “Bobcat Moretti,” which is directed by Rob Margolies, “Peacemaker” directed by Maximilian Osterholz, “De Vuelta a Casa” directed by Darius Stevens Wilhere and “Guilt” directed by Tom Proctor.

Local Arizona selected films include “Reflect” shot in Sedona and directed by Dana Beth Kippel, “ID” directed by Kiran Kondamadugula, based in Chandler, “The Monster Inside Me” directed by Tony C. Silva, based in Phoenix, “Walkout” directed by Rob Smat, based in Phoenix and “Eyes Upon Waking” directed by Timothy Zwica, based in Tucson.

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