Anaheim film fest to open with five features

Event runs Oct. 13-17 at UltraStar Cinemas

The inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 13-17 at UltraStar Cinemas at Anaheim GardenWalk, will open with a gala event spotlighting five feature films and a collection of shorts.
The opening night line-up includes Jonathan Lynn's "Wild Target"; David Bradbury's "Going Vertical: The Shortboard Revolution"; Alexandra Codina's "Monica & David"; Mamoru Hosoda's "Summer Wars"; a special shorts presentation; and a screening of John Hughes' "Sixteen Candles," honoring the late director.

The opening will include an after-party at the Anaheim GardenWalk Courtyard.

AIFF will feature 127 feature films and shorts.

Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman of the fest, said, "The screening of multiple films on opening night enables us to welcome a larger audience of Orange County moviegoers and shine the spotlight on more of our talented filmmakers. This is an ideal way to introduce our festival and the impressive variety of films we intend to offer. Our team has worked very hard to deliver a world-class film program that will establish the AIFF as a valuable platform for emerging filmmakers and long-term addition to the festival circuit."