The Edmonds International Film Festival is only a few weeks away, and the center stage line-up will feature a local celebrity and best-selling author, as well as dozens of other events over the four-day festival.
Documentary filmmaker and speaker Rick Steves, of Edmonds-based Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door will help launch the festival, which takes place Oct. 20-24 at the Edmonds Theatre.
California radio personality and author Manny Pacheco will also be a featured guest.
Other venues will feature a dozen award-winning and première films from around the world, workshops on movie-making, VIP events and more.
Documentaries and more
Festivities begin on Oct. 20 with a VIP Gala Party. Throughout the weekend, the festival will host red carpet events at the Edmonds Theatre, with filmmakers and other VIPs walking the red carpet prior to screenings.
A retrospective of legendary director Federico Fellini will be featured the evening of Oct. 21. The following night, an award-winning short documentary, “Frequent Flyer,” directed by Gabriel Leigh, will be shown.
Then, the theatrical première of Rick Steves’ latest PBS episode, “Andalucía,” an enchanting area of southern Spain will be shown. Audience members will get to enjoy never-before-seen footage, followed by a Q&A period to further engage the audience.
The Spanish theme continues at 10 a.m., Oct. 23, with Rick Steves’ Spain, a 90-minute presentation with Steves sharing photos and tips on traveling to every corner of the country. From vibrant Barcelona to the pilgrims’ trail to Santiago de Compostela, from the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona to alternate choices to the touristy Costa del Sol in Andalucía, Rick cuts through the superlatives and lays out the smartest – and thriftiest – ways to enjoy your Iberian adventure.
Saturday book signing
At an Oct. 23 luncheon, guest author Manny Pacheco will tell about the evolution of his best-selling book, “Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History.” Pacheco will also be at the Edmonds Bookshop, 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a book signing.
Back at the Edmonds Theatre, at 1:30 p.m., Steves will teach a workshop on the making of a travel documentary. After screening a 30-minute episode of his TV series, “The Making of Rick Steves’ Europe,” he will give a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and frustrations of producing broadcast-quality TV on a budget.
Trevor Greenfield is directing the festival, and the event is sponsored by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, along with several other local businesses.
Complete schedule information is posted on the festival’s website: www.edmondsfilmfestival.com, where tickets are also available for purchase.