The Coronado Island Film Festival will be at this year's ENVZN23 Urban Art Takeover. Photo courtesy of Coronado Island Film Festival.

The eighth season of the Coronado Island Film Festival, celebrating the power of cinema and showcasing a solid lineup of films, is kicking off with the opening of badge sales on Monday, July 10.

The annual festival, held over five days from Nov. 8 to 12, is a must-attend event packed with engagements, according to organizers.

Not only will the film festival premiere screenings, panels, parties and the Leonard Maltin Industry Tribute Awards Gala at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, but it is also an amazing networking opportunity for professionals in the entertainment industry, organizers said.

Attendees can mingle with industry leaders including Festival Host and Honorary Jury President Leonard Maltin.

The Industry Tribute Awards Gala will honor emerging talent, cultural icons, humanitarians and legendary actors. 

In past years, red carpet films such as “Women Talking” and “Jojo Rabbit” have gone on to win Academy Awards.

Emerald Badge for all-inclusive experience

The all-inclusive Emerald Badge is recommended to experience every ounce that the Coronado Island Film Festival has to offer, organizers say.

It includes: Early reservations of films, priority line entry, parties, the Kick-off Bash, Opening Night Film + After Party, panels, Master Lab Workshops, Jury Awards, the Culinary Cinema Series and weekend happy hours. 

The Industry badge is reserved for professionals in the entertainment and media industries, offering everything that the Emerald Badge features at a discounted rate. 

Those who qualify can visit the website to submit credentialing. 

Badge sales open Monday, July 10

While badges are recommended for a full, all-inclusive experience complete with a priority entry line and after party, individual tickets will be sold online or at the festival box closer to the festival date. 

Organizers said to make sure not to miss out on any of the festivities, badges should be purchased when they open for sale on July 10. 

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Sofie Fransen is a staff writer for The Coronado News. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, majoring in English-Education and minoring in Journalism. She was the Opinion Editor of The Point student newspaper. In the summers, she has been commercial fishing for the sockeye salmon run in Alaska. She can be reached by email or at 360-527-5848.