2015 marked the Idyllwild International Festival Of Cinema’s sixth year, and to say it was the best year yet would be putting it mildly. I had high hopes when I first started laying out the foundation for the Idyllwild festival in 2009, but the past six years have proven to me that even hopes can fall short of some amazing realities. The IIFC moves into 2016 so strong and so viable, I am literally in awe of its potential, as every year the quality of filmmaking gets better, and bigger, and more inspiring. And to add even more awe to my already overblown exuberance, the audiences keep coming in greater numbers. To say we have come into our own falls short of the mark. IIFC has come so far in such a short time that I 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 2016, Idyllwild’s Seventh season, the best one ever, by ensuring not only the best selection of independent films ever assembled for a seven year festival, but also by promising to inspire, thrill, and excite, all who come this January 5th through 10th, as we celebrate the spirit of independent filmmaking world wide.
I look forward to seeing you all in Idyllwild.