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San Diego to host inaugural film fest

UA retro will be featured

Adding to the growing roster of movie fests, the San Diego Intl. Film Festival debuts this summer with what its founders hope will be a packed slate of studio and indie films from the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Its organizers, led by festival director Jo Moulton and artistic director Herbert Margolis, are also planning industry workshops, a major retrospective of United Artists movies, student film awards and scholarships, and a celeb regatta. Events kick off on June 4 and wraps nine days later.

Business and pleasure

“This festival will be a joyous blending of business and pleasure for the film industry and an exciting and entertaining event for the public,” said Moulton, who cut her teeth founding the smaller Temecula Valley Intl. Film Festival in nearby Riverside County three years ago.

The fest’s producing org is the Cinema Entertainment Alliance, collaborating with the San Diego Film Commission and Silvervision Entertainment.

Special retro

Special events coordinator Pamayla Ziolkowski said United Artists had agreed to put together a retro of its most important work, which include Charlie Chaplin films and the “Rocky” and James Bond series. UA will also provide a sample of its 1998 slate.

Fest’s honorary board includes UA prexy and CEO Lindsay Doran, producers Debbie Allen and Saul Zaentz, director Ang Lee, and actors Tony Curtis, Jacqueline Bisset, Cathy Moriarty, Richard Dreyfuss and Rita Moreno.

For information or entry forms, call (619) 558-3456, or visit the fest website at http://www.sdiff.com.

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