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26th Annual Sedona Film Festival – Mardi Gras Edition 2020

Sheri Sperry February 26, 2020

26th Annual

Sedona International Film Festival 

Sedona International Film Festival


Rob Reiner 

Sedona International Film FestivalMarc Shaiman will be here to honor his dear friend Rob Reiner with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He will also host “An Evening with Marc Shaiman”. As stated in our guide it will be “part performance, part music master class, part stories from the movies and Broadway, and ALL entertaining!“. 

Reiner is best known for his Emmy Award-winning performances in the iconic comedy sitcom, “All In The Family”(1971 – 1979) as the “Meathead”. He is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Winning director, producer, writer, and actor. Some of my favorite movies he made were, “The American President” (1995), “A Few Good Men” (1992), and “When Harry Met Sally” (1989).  BTW – “The American President” will be featured on Saturday, February 29th at the Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony. 


An International Draw…


The Sedona Film Festival which is in its 26th year draws independent movie enthusiasts from around the world.  In the 9-day festival, you will find fascinating filmmaker workshops, seminars and of course panel discussions with some of the stars, directors, writers, and producers of these films. Also, you can attend “Free Sunset Filmmaker Talks” on Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm MST.

Film Schedule 


The film presentations and schedule will include shorts, documentaries, animations, and foreign films. 


Special Venues For Receptions

VIPS will enjoy receptions at Reds of Sedona Rouge, Mariposa Restaurant, L’Auberge de Sedona Resort, a VIP Cast Party at Steakhouse 89, and a Red Carpet Gala at Enchantment Resort on Saturday evening, February 29th.  The Awards Celebration Lunch will be held at Poco Diablo Resort


Sneak Preview

Featured on opening night, was a sneak preview of directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell’s “Heartland“.  Mariel Hemingway, David Arquette, and Frances Fisher were on hand to discuss their new movie which is in post-production. It is a drama based on the events surrounding the  US Veterans who came to support the Native Americans at Standing Rock in 2016. 

Side Note:

Frances Fisher starred in the movie “Sedona” (2011) directed and produced by a couple who live down the street from me!  This movie debuted at the Sedona Film Festival (shock) in 2012.  The movie brought a small amount of fame to our community.

Of course, I enjoyed it. After all, many of us, watched it being shot in and around Sedona and know those who produced and directed as well as worked on the film. There are even some real characters who are portrayed in the film, such as Deb Lovejoy! Prior to my real estate career, I was a volunteer and member of the Sedona Film Festival. 

The Sedona International Film Festival Mission Statement

 “The Sedona International Film Festival is a yearlong celebration of the power of independent film and multi-cultural programming to inspire, educate, entertain and enlighten.”

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