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The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival

The Henry Miller Lab screening features: “In Between Us,” five shorts about the unexpected bonds that bring people together. Films showing include: “The Tables,” “Big City,” “Anna,”
“Bende Sira,” and “Zela Trovke.”   (Also check out the screening on 3/23 at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.)


This year, the festival features 22 short films from 12 different countries around the world, divided into four different thought-provoking programs. Each of the programs has been curated to stir the viewer’s conscious and hopefully inspire action around a wide range of issues. “Each film tells it’s own small story and together each of our programs tells a larger story,” says festival director, Michael Harrington.


In addition to showing thought-provoking short movies, Wandering Reel’s mission is to engage its audiences in ways that many other film festivals cannot do. A community-centric format is designed to maximize audience participation and cultivate community building.  “By exposing communities with films that are compassionate in their approach and passionate in their purpose, we hope to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema,” remarks Mike. The screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with festival director, filmmaker, and former Big Sur resident, Michael Harrington.


Tickets are free.  A $10 suggested donation is encouraged.

8th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival

7th Annual Carmel Jewish Film FestivalThe Carmel Jewish Film Festival is now entering its eighth year. Through the power and artistry of cinema, the festival seeks to engage the greater Jewish community in meaningful dialogue on important issues of our day. While informed by a uniquely Jewish sensibility, our films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal to a wide audience drawn from the Monterey area and beyond.Our festival’s accompanying programs further engage mind and heart through discussion and social interaction. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace.  For a list of films and venues go to:https://www.carmeljff.org/copy-of-events-1.

Carmel International Film Festival

From the Filmmakers’ Reception to the VIP Cocktail Parties, and everything in between, there is something for everyone at the Carmel International Film Festival. Back by popular demand this year is the Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner. Filmmakers and guests enjoy the beautiful Carmel beach and some phenomenal food and beverages. The Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner is an unforgettable, quintessential festival experience.

We are also incredibly excited about the return of our Music Café, presented by Talking Animals Music, curated by Mark Governor, featuring live performances by young singer/songwriters. We’ve expanded our creation of last year’s Music Café. Check out our events page for all of the details.