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

06/09/2019 -- 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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 […]

MCFC 2019 Scholarship Announcement

05/10/2019

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 […]

Local Events

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “Carl Laemmle”

03/02/2019 -- 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 […]

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

03/03/2019 -- 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 […]

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Festival – “Itzhak”

03/06/2019 -- 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”

03/09/2019 -- 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 […]

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

03/10/2019 -- 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”

03/12/2019 -- 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”

03/14/2019 -- 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”

03/16/2019 -- 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”

03/17/2019 -- 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

04/08/2019 -- 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 […]

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

04/09/2019 -- 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 […]

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

04/10/2019 -- 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 […]

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

04/11/2019 -- 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 […]

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

04/12/2019 -- 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 […]

23rd Social Justice Colloquium: Keynote by Rakhshan Banietemad

04/17/2019 -- 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 […]

Giving Birth in America Film Screening

04/26/2019 -- 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm

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

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

06/09/2019 -- 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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 […]

38th Annual Steinbeck Festival – Film “Travels with Charley”

08/02/2019 -- 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A partial television adaption (1968)  of the novel by John Steinbeck which depicts one man’s odyssey across the United States.  Screens at Noon, 1 p.m., 2 pm., and 3 p.m.   Location: Long Valley Theater.

38th Annual Steinbeck Festival – film screening “Adios Amor: the Search for Maria Moreno”

08/03/2019 -- 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The first farm worker woman in America to be hired as a union organizer.  Maria’s story was silenced & her legacy buried — until now.  Director/Producer: Laurie Coyle is a documentary filmmaker & writer.  Her first connection to farm workers was through her father, who volunteered at the UFW clinic in Delano, CA during the […]

38th Annual Steinbeck Festival – Film “Travels with Charley”

08/03/2019 -- 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

A partial television adaption (1968) of the novel by John Steinbeck which depicts one man’s odyssey across the United States.  Screens at 11 a.m, Noon, and 1 p.m.  Location: Long Valley Theater.

38th Annual Steinbeck Festival – Short Film Festival “What Are Americans Like Today”

08/03/2019 -- 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Watch our 20 minute or less short films submitted by you.  Location: Long Valley Theater.  To enter your film (deadline is July 29th) go to:  Enter Here

“Mike Wallace is Here” special screening

08/15/2019 -- 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Remember Mike Wallace, the irascible broadcast news journalist from “60 Minutes?” We know he we was a hard-boiled and pioneering reporter, barging into places he wasn’t welcome and asking the tough question. But he was also a complex and interesting man in his own right.  Director Avi Belkin has produced a fascinating documentary about Wallace. And you’re […]

“Gentlemen” – film screening at Henry Miller Library

08/17/2019 -- 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

From the film’s synopsis: “Beaten up, bruised and afraid, young author Klas Östergren hides out in a Stockholm apartment, writing the story of its vanished inhabitants: the flamboyant, charismatic, enigmatic Morgan brothers. It begins one year earlier. Klas is rooming with Henry Morgan, a boxer, piano player, composer, bartender, and old-fashioned gentleman with a Gatsby-like […]

“Little Pink House” screening

08/30/2019 -- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Sponsored by Libertarians for Peace. We will provide pizza and popcorn. RSVP to Lawrence Samuels at lawsam1951@hotmail.com.      This award-winning feature film is about taking from the poor and giving to the rich. Little Pink House tells the true story of Susette Kelo, who bought and fixed up a rundown cottage in New London, Connecticut.  […]

8th Annual Monarch Film Festival – Day 1

09/06/2019 -- 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 6th starts at 6:30 p.m. with Local’s Corner Block “A Lover’s Adventure in Pacific Grove” by Brittney Buffo, “Ammonite Rising” by Jeff Sax, “Austin Shaw, Without You” by Brittney Buffo, “Isote” by Clemencia Macias, “That ‘L’ Word” by Wolf Bukowski. 7:30 p.m. Robert Pacelli Showcase, and 8:20 p.m. S.O.L. The Web Series. Q&A […]

8th Annual Monarch Film Festival – Day 2

09/07/2019 -- 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

12:00 PM: Short Documentary Block“Beyond Borders: The Refugee MC Swat” by Matthew Millan, “Mountain Time” by Scott Hess, “The Ice Climber” by Jacob Staedler. Q&A to Follow. 12:00 PM: “By No Means” by Aleksandr Korolko (feature Narrative), Q&A to Follow. 1:15 PM: “Looking for an Audience”by Steve Rosen and Terri Debono (documentary), Q&A to Follow. […]

“Chasing the Thunder” film screening and panel discussion

09/10/2019 -- 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Chasing the Thunder is a high-seas documentary about the Sea Shepherd’s epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the “Thunder,” considered the world’s most notorious poaching vessel. Across two seas and three oceans, the marine activists hunted the fugitive fishing ship through massive ice floes, storms-tossed seas, a near collision and violent clashes until the Thunder dramatically […]

“The Biggest Little Farm” screening

09/21/2019 -- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This is a free film screening presented by the Friends of the Marina Library and the Marina Tree & Garden Club. Marina Library, Community Room, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina. All are welcome! A couple are followed through their successes and failures as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los […]

Hola Mexico Film Festival – “La Boda de mi Mejor Amigo (My Best Friend’s Wedding)”

09/27/2019 -- 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Directed by: Celso Garcia (Spanish with English subtitles). This reimagining of the classic 90s romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz follows the same formula but with a Mexican twist. Actress Ana Serradilla plays Julia, a renowned food critic afraid of settling down. Despite her aversion for commitment, Julia and her best friend Manuel […]

Hola Mexico Film Festival – “Xquipi’ Guie’dani (Guie’dani’s Navel)

09/27/2019 -- 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Directed by: Xavi Sala (Spanish with English subtitles). Featuring a star-making performance by Sótera Cruz, a young actress who plays the title character, this unique coming-of-age narrative explores the racism encountered by indigenous people in Mexico. Guie’dani (Cruz) is a Zapotec teenager who moves to Mexico City with her mother to work as a housekeeper […]

Lighthouse Movie in the Park

09/28/2019 -- 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The Lighthouse District is hosting a free outdoor screening of the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Scholze Park Community Center. You’re welcome to come early and bring a picnic! Remember to dress warmly […]

Philip Glass’ Days and Nights Festival – “The Rest I Make Up” documentary film

10/09/2019 -- 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Cuban-American playwright Maria Irene Fornes created astonishing worlds onstage. When she stops writing due to dementia, a friendship with a young writer reignites her visionary creative spirit, triggering a film collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.

“Before the Flood” documentary screening

10/09/2019 -- 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

In this award-winning documentary, Before the Flood, actor and environmental spokesperson Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and its possible solutions. A sense of urgency runs throughout the film, balanced by the presentation of potential actions to solve this most critical problem. “Climate change is […]

The 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

10/19/2019 -- 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Join the Ventana Wilderness Alliance for fantastic films about wild things and wild places, guaranteed to inspire you to get outside and give back! Guest speakers and a raffle for gear to stoke your next adventure will round out an evening to remember. This seventh annual VWA presentation is the final Monterey Bay stop on […]

Wyatt Earp Comes to Salinas! ‘And with Him Came the West’ Film

10/21/2019 -- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Free! Official Selection of the MoMa DocFortnight 2019 Join Mike Plante, Sundance, in person as he presents his newest feature documentary ‘And With Him Came the West.’ “Suppose, suppose….”– Wyatt Earp’s last words Wyatt Earp was famous for winning a gunfight at the OK Corral in the 1800s. Desperate to write his own legend in […]

“They Shall Not Grow Old” documentary screening

11/09/2019 -- 3:05 pm to

After the open mic segment (2-3 p.m.), the 2018 Academy Award winning documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old”, will be screened.  The film was produced and directed by Peter Jackson who dramatically transformed 100-year-old pieces of never-seen-before film footage with color and sound, producing a realistic view of WWI from the trenches along the Western […]

“Icebox”

11/23/2019 -- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A 12-year-old Honduran boy is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the US, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.