Thirteen (13) years. Thirteen (13) years of what the Hollywood Reporter called “A true indie Film Festival”, and the LA Weekly touted as a “Mini Sundance”. I couldn’t be more proud of how far this festival has come, and of my partner, Trinity Houston, and the IIFC team who have made it all possible. I had high hopes when I first started laying out the foundation for IIFC in 2009, but the past dozen years have proven to me that even the highest hopes can fall short of some amazing realities. And now, as we move forward into our second decade, I am literally in awe of its potential. Every year the quality of filmmaking gets better and more inspiring, and we embrace this momentum with our own continued commitment to true artistic integrity. As audiences continue to gather in greater numbers each year, to say we have come into our own falls short of the mark. In fact, IIFC has come so far in 13 years that we can now say, without fear of exaggeration, that we are truly one of the “Go To” festivals for filmmakers and film lovers in California. And we show no sign of slowing down. So, let’s make 2021, Idyllwild’s 13th season, the best one yet, by ensuring not only the best selection of independent films ever assembled, but also by promising to inspire, thrill, and excite, all who come to our fest this March 8th through 13th, as we celebrate the spirit of independent filmmaking worldwide.
I look forward to seeing you all at Idyllwild 2021.