Upcoming Events

Want to know what’s happening in Monterey County today, this weekend or in the upcoming months? Checkout all the great events below in our local events calendar.

MCFC Events

MCFC’s Fundraising Reception followed by BLL2 Season 2, Episode 1

We cannot tell a big little lie:  the Monterey County Film Commission is holding an event celebrating HBO’s drama series “Big Little Lies, Season 2” which debuts world-wide on Sunday, June 9, 2019.  The local fundraising reception for the nonprofit film commission starts at 4:30 p.m. with a special screening of the first episode of “Big Little Lies, Season 2” at 6 p.m. at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza in downtown Monterey. Reception tickets are $78 through May 31 and $85 after June 1.  The Eventbrite reservation link is at FilmMonterey.org.

 

The event will include little bites and “big little libations” (wine tasting) from local sponsor restaurants and vintners.  There will be a red carpet and step-and-repeat for selfie-posing, bidding on silent auction items, and mingling with local background extras, local businesses, and industry professionals who were involved with the production during its 34 film days at numerous Monterey Peninsula locations.

 

Attendees will be thrilled to watch the highly anticipated episode as the exclusive screening shows off local location “stars” and extras hired by the production.  They’ll be projected bigger-than-life on the big screen, along with “The Monterey Five” and Meryl Streep.

 

The fundraiser reception will be a community celebration of the efforts of the Monterey County Film Commission to bring film productions to the county, for their economic impact.  The local spend by Big Little Lies, Season 2 was $3.7 million.

 

Event sponsors include the City of Monterey and the County of Monterey. Walk of Fame Sponsors include: HBO and Honest Engine Films, and Supporting Sponsor: Steinbeck Real Estate.

MCFC 2019 Scholarship Announcement

May 10, 2019

The Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program is a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County. If you are a student of film and a resident of Monterey County, or if you are currently enrolled in a community college or university in the County, then you may apply!

Local Events

MCFC’s Fundraising Reception followed by BLL2 Season 2, Episode 1

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We cannot tell a big little lie:  the Monterey County Film Commission is holding an event celebrating HBO’s drama series “Big Little Lies, Season 2” which debuts world-wide on Sunday, June 9, 2019.  The local fundraising reception for the nonprofit film commission starts at 4:30 p.m. with a special screening of the first episode of “Big Little Lies, Season 2” at 6 p.m. at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza in downtown Monterey. Reception tickets are $78 through May 31 and $85 after June 1.  The Eventbrite reservation link is at FilmMonterey.org.

 

The event will include little bites and “big little libations” (wine tasting) from local sponsor restaurants and vintners.  There will be a red carpet and step-and-repeat for selfie-posing, bidding on silent auction items, and mingling with local background extras, local businesses, and industry professionals who were involved with the production during its 34 film days at numerous Monterey Peninsula locations.

 

Attendees will be thrilled to watch the highly anticipated episode as the exclusive screening shows off local location “stars” and extras hired by the production.  They’ll be projected bigger-than-life on the big screen, along with “The Monterey Five” and Meryl Streep.

 

The fundraiser reception will be a community celebration of the efforts of the Monterey County Film Commission to bring film productions to the county, for their economic impact.  The local spend by Big Little Lies, Season 2 was $3.7 million.

 

Event sponsors include the City of Monterey and the County of Monterey. Walk of Fame Sponsors include: HBO and Honest Engine Films, and Supporting Sponsor: Steinbeck Real Estate.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “Carl Laemmle”

March 2, 2019 -- 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The extraordinary life story of the German Jewish immigrant credited with inventing the modern motion picture business. Creating Universal Pictures in 1912, Laemmle gave many Hollywood legends their starts. Under his leadership, Universal would become known for classic monster movies such as The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein, and Dracula. In 1936, Carl would go on to do something far more important than any movie or studio he had created.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “Who Will Write Our History?”

March 3, 2019 -- 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name OynegShabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda, not with guns or fists but with pen and paper.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “Itzhak”

March 6, 2019 -- 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of life. The film is a portrait of musical virtuosity, seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and love.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “Picture of His Life”

March 9, 2019 -- 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach that puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection. Now, at the age of 65, he is about to face his ultimate challenge: to swim face to face unprotected with a polar bear. While he is on this journey to the Canadian high Arctic, he also will have to deal with an old and painful memory.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “An Act of Defiance”

March 10, 2019 -- 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

In this riveting historical drama, ten political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence from a South African court. Their defender: a young Jewish lawyer who may himself be complicit in their “crimes”.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “A Night of Shorts”

March 12, 2019 -- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy this evening of five short films, followed by a Q & A with film director Keren Hantman.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “A Bag of Marbles”

March 14, 2019 -- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The true story of two young Jewish brothers in German occupied France who, with a mind-boggling mix of mischievousness, courage and ingenuity, fend for themselves in order to survive the enemy invasion and try to bring their lost family back together.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “The Last Suit”

March 16, 2019 -- 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

An aging tailor leaves his life in Argentina to embark on a journey back through time and halfway around the world in this bittersweet road movie that delivers a poignant message of the importance of family, friends, and honor.

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “Shalom Bollywood”

March 17, 2019 -- 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

SHALOM BOLLYWOOD reveals the story of the 2000-year-old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world’s largest film industry. An evening of Indian food and a journey through Bollywood with film, live classical and Bollywood dance, and entertainment. Closing Night ends with free dessert for all.

23rd Social Justice Colloquium: The Salesman (2017) by Asghar Farhadi

April 8, 2019 -- 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This year’s Social Justice Colloquium is a collaboration between the International Programs Office and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. There will be two weeks of free events between April 8-18, 2019 which will be open to the campus and Bay Area community. The topic of the 2019 Social Justice Colloquium will be on the country of Iran and on Iranian women. This event will link a wide range of academic programs in exploring the influence of filmmaking and documentaries in social justice movements in Iranian society.

23rd Social Justice Colloquium: Tales (2012) by Rakhshan Banietemad

April 9, 2019 -- 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This year’s Social Justice Colloquium is a collaboration between the International Programs Office and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. There will be two weeks of free events between April 8-18, 2019 which will be open to the campus and Bay Area community. The topic of the 2019 Social Justice Colloquium will be on the country of Iran and on Iranian women. This event will link a wide range of academic programs in exploring the influence of filmmaking and documentaries in social justice movements in Iranian society.

23rd Social Justice Colloquium: About Elly (2009) by Asghar Farhadi

April 10, 2019 -- 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This year’s Social Justice Colloquium is a collaboration between the International Programs Office and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. There will be two weeks of free events between April 8-18, 2019 which will be open to the campus and Bay Area community. The topic of the 2019 Social Justice Colloquium will be on the country of Iran and on Iranian women. This event will link a wide range of academic programs in exploring the influence of filmmaking and documentaries in social justice movements in Iranian society.

23rd Social Justice Colloquium: Ten (2002) by Abbas Kiarostami

April 11, 2019 -- 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This year’s Social Justice Colloquium is a collaboration between the International Programs Office and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. There will be two weeks of free events between April 8-18, 2019 which will be open to the campus and Bay Area community. The topic of the 2019 Social Justice Colloquium will be on the country of Iran and on Iranian women. This event will link a wide range of academic programs in exploring the influence of filmmaking and documentaries in social justice movements in Iranian society.

23rd Social Justice Colloquium: Killing Mad Dogs (2001) by Bahram Beyzai

April 12, 2019 -- 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This year’s Social Justice Colloquium is a collaboration between the International Programs Office and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. There will be two weeks of free events between April 8-18, 2019 which will be open to the campus and Bay Area community. The topic of the 2019 Social Justice Colloquium will be on the country of Iran and on Iranian women. This event will link a wide range of academic programs in exploring the influence of filmmaking and documentaries in social justice movements in Iranian society.

23rd Social Justice Colloquium: Keynote by Rakhshan Banietemad

April 17, 2019 -- 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Mrs. Rakhshan Banietemad is an internationally acclaimed film director who has been called the “First lady of Iranian cinema” for three decades. Mrs. Rakhshan Banietemad has sketched the most striking portraits of life, specifically; women’s life in Iran- seen mostly through the eyes of the least privileged and unheard. Her oeuvre is brave in its study of human resistance under the ever-challenging social condition. Banietemad’s documentaries shed light on pressing issues in Iran, such as women’s prisons, AIDS, addiction, and poverty.

Giving Birth in America Film Screening

April 26, 2019 -- 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm

Hosted by Every Mother Counts at the Henry Miller Library, Big Sur.