The third annual Topanga Film Festival will be presented on the evening of August 12 at the ball field of the Topanga Community House. This is the third year of the festival, first presented by founders and filmmakers Sara and Urs Baur at their Topanga home. The outdoor festival was an immediate success, with feedback so positive, that the Baurs decided to find a larger venue.
This year 13 short films were selected from over 120 entries. Entries were received from many countries including Italy, Israel and New Zealand. The longest film is 22 minutes and the shortest, two minutes.
Festival goers will view films under a starlit sky with a rising moon. Co-founder Urs Baur says, “We want to show films in a magical atmosphere and provide a memorable experience.”
This year a panel discussion will be held at 3 p.m. in the Topanga Community House adjacent to the Community House ball field. Industry professionals will discuss starting a film career with short films and progressing to feature films.
Festival organizers have provided some seating; it is recommended to bring your own seats and a warm blanket. Food, including barbecue and beverages will be available. The festival grounds open at 5 p.m. and film screenings start at 7:30 p.m. There is an intermission and the “coveted Coyote” awards ceremony is expected to start around 11 p.m.
Admission to the festival is $20 – cash or checks only, no credit cards. Topanga Community House is located at 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. For detailed information, go to www.topangafilmfestival.com.
Due to mature subject matter this event is not for children.