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Local businesses including The Playhouse District’s Laemmle Playhouse 7, Vroman’s Bookstore and The Speakeasy host the best in independent film


PASADENA, CA (February 16, 2016) — The third edition of the Pasadena International Film Festival will take over the Playhouse District March 2-10, 2016, presenting more than 100 films from 15 countries during its nine-day run at Pasadena’s Laemmle Playhouse 7 theater. Q&As, panels, special events, post-screening parties and a Great Gatsby-themed closing night awards ceremony are also planned.


Vroman’s Bookstore will host a number of panels on Sunday, March 6 including “The Future of Screenwriting,” sponsored by the Scriptwriters Network, and “Women in Entertainment,” moderated by LA Weekly’s Jessica Ogilvie. Presentations include a showcase of vintage cameras by three-time Emmy Award winner Mark Kirkland.


Post-screening parties will take place every night of the festival at local Pasadena establishments including Du-par's Restaurant and Bakery, redwhite + bluezz, White Horse Lounge, Madeline Garden Bistro, Vertical Wine Bistro and Paul Martin's American Grill.


Film screenings will take place every day during the festival at Laemmle Playhouse 7. Highlights include:



The Legend of the Great Auk: An animated short that educates viewers about the history of an extinct penguin-like seabird.  


Steven Caught a Star: In this live-action short, imaginative nine-year-old Steven escapes the real-life fact that his parents are divorcing by using his imagination to catch a shooting star, which becomes the light in his life.



Mariam: In 2004, France passed a law banning religious symbols in public schools. At the start of that academic year, young French-born Arab Mariam pretends the law does not exist.

Pre-screening Performance: John Muir High School’s Vocal Rhapsody



Every Two Minutes

Featured on The Dr. Phil Show as the recipient of the iAspire Grant, Every Two Minutes   sheds light on sexual assault in the United States, and those who are fighting to end it.


Restoring Tomorrow

Restoring Tomorrow follows the personal journey of director Aaron Wolf as he documents the rise and fall and ultimate rise again of L.A.'s oldest Jewish congregation, where his late grandfather, Rabbi Alfred Wolf, served for more than 50 years.


The Smiffenpoofs: A History of Female A Cappella

The Smiffenpoofs, the first all-female a cappella group in the country, began at Massachusetts’ Smith College in the 1930s. This documentary takes a look at the trajectory of the group and how it has changed through the years.

Pre-screening Performance: Westridge School for Girls Madrigals



The Cuddle Party

A couple on the brink of divorce attends a “cuddling workshop” to work on their intimacy issues. Cast: Yvette Nicole Brown, Michaela Watkins, Rob Huebel


The Dissection of Thanksgiving

A son goes home for Thanksgiving and discovers that not only has his father been laid off from his job of 20 years, but that his parents are divorcing as well. Cast: Jay O. Sanders, Kathleen Quinlan


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On Thursday, March 10 in nearby Old Pasadena, the festival’s closing night celebration will take place at The Speakeasy, a dark cocktail lounge with a 1920s vibe, featuring a hidden entrance and a secret password required for entry. 

Expected guests include actors Amber Benson, Michael Gross, Clare Kramer, James Marsters, Mike McGill, Andy Peeke, Kathleen Quinlan, Paula Jai Parker and John Savage, as well as former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. 




About PIFF

Founded in 2013 by Jessica Hardin and Marco Neves, industry veterans and Pasadena residents, the Pasadena International Film Festival is the only competitive film festival in Pasadena, California. PIFF aims to bring high-caliber, independent cinema to a city renowned for its love of culture and the arts. Films that have won at PIFF have gone on to win at the American Pavilion Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.



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PASADENA, CA, January 12, 2015 – The Pasadena International Film Festival (PIFF) announced its 2015 film program today. The final program is comprised of 86 features, shorts, documentaries and web series from all over the world. The 2015 program will showcase work from industry veterans such as Mark Kirkland (The Simpsons); Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond); and Academy Award Nominatee Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), as well as from some of Hollywood’s emerging stars like Jason Ritter (Parenthood); Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy); and Kevin Ryan (Crossbones). With such an expansive and broad film selection, PIFF has also announced the extension of its festival through Presidents’ Day. Films will screen February 11 – 16, 2015 at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theater in the heart of Pasadena, CA.


Doris Roberts and Eric Roberts not only star in films screening at PIFF this year, but will also receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. PIFF will also honor Tom Lenk (The Cabin in the Woods) with the Comedic Mastery Award and Sadie Calvano (Mom) with the Rising Star Award.  Honorees will receive their awards on Thursday, February 12, 2015 as part of PIFF’s Opening Night Gala.


To see the full film program, check out the schedule of events and purchases passes, please visit  


About PIFF

The Pasadena International Film Festival is the one and only competitive film festival in Pasadena, CA. It was founded in 2013 by Jessica Hardin, an industry veteran and Pasadena resident. PIFF aims to bring high-caliber, international cinema to a city well-renowned for its love of culture and the arts.


The Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood meets Small Town Integrity and Charm…





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PASADENA, CA, November 13, 2014 – The Pasadena International Film Festival (PIFF) returns to the picturesque City of Pasadena February 11 – 15, 2015 after a hugely successful inaugural year.  The one and only competitive film festival hosted in the City of Roses returns to the historic Playhouse District for four days of screenings, panel discussions and gala events.


PIFF announced today that its final call for entries deadline is November 21, 2014. Festival Programmers received over 400 domestic and international submissions. The 2015 edition of PIFF promises a robust slate of films from new, up-and-coming filmmakers as well as seasoned industry veterans. PIFF Founder and Executive Director, Jessica Hardin, is impressed by the quality of submissions stating, “We have received a fantastic mix of shorts, features, documentaries, web series, and screenplays from 22 countries, including Israel, Tanzania, and Paraguay”. The rich compilation of work is sure to please the most diverse and demanding of audiences.


Filmmakers are invited to submit their projects through or Filmmakers can also email for more information about the submission process.


About PIFF

The Pasadena International Film Festival is the one and only competitive film festival in Pasadena, CA. It was founded in 2013 by Jessica Hardin, an industry veteran and Pasadena resident. PIFF aims to bring high-caliber, international cinema to a city well-renowned for its love of culture and the arts.


The Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood meets Small Town Integrity and Charm…





For more information, please contact Medalit Tay at

For Immediate Release:

Announcing inaugural Pasadena International Film Festival


January 29, 2014


Pasadena, CA --


Pasadena has never before had a film festival… until now.  Inaugural event to take place Wednesday, February 12 through Sunday, February 16th, 2014. 

Join in the festivities as we celebrate where the glitz and glamour of Hollywood meets small town integrity and charm. 


Soft Opening includes a performance by Cal Tech’s ‘a cappella group, “Out of Context”, at 12:45 pm Wednesday, February 12.  Screenings start at 1pm and continue until midnight at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theatre in Pasadena.  Party to take place at Japon Bistro. 


Our Opening Night “Great Gatsby” Black Tie Gala takes place Thursday, February 13, at the Westin Pasadena Hotel featuring the Pasadena Symphony-POPS, complete with a red carpet event, where actors Michael Gross (Family Ties), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mimi Kennedy (Midnight in Paris), Alicia Witt (Law and Order: Criminal Intent), and Jay O. Sanders (The Day After Tomorrow) will be honored, among others.


Seminars with entertainment industry professionals such as Melissa Fitzgerald, Katy Fox, Monika Skerbelis, Greg Laemmle, Eric Sherman, John Ottman, and Bert V. Royal, will lead talks on such topics as, “The Transformational Power of Women in Film”, and “The Future of Film…Where are we Headed?” at the Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch, Saturday, February 15, 2014. 


Every evening hosts a party at a different local venue, as well as screening the very best independent short, feature, documentary films, and web series from around the world.  Thirteen countries are represented including Romania, Slovenia, South Korea, and Brazil.  Pasadena International Film Festival is one of the few festivals that promises 80% of its programming is from submissions, not curated.


The Pasadena Museum of History hosts “Old Hollywood: The History of Film in Pasadena” featuring the world-renowned historian Marc Wannamaker, as well as a screening of the 1912 film, “When Kings Were The Law” followed by a wine and cheese reception, Sunday, February 16, 2014.  The five-day event is capped off with an Award Ceremony at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theatre awarding the best of the fest with the Jury Awards, with an after-party at the Vertical Wine Bistro to follow; Sunday, February 16.


Festival sponsors include Pasadena Film Office, Pasadena Water & Power, and the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, among others.


For more information visit


Pasadena International Film Festival

530 South Lake Avenue, #453

Pasadena, CA 91101-3515




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