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Burbank International Film Festival

All right, all you film buffs, cinephiles, and popcorn connoisseurs: It’s time to book yourself a room at Hotel Amarano and settle in for the 8th annual Burbank International Film Festival!

Our lovely boutique hotel—smack dab as it is in the nexus of the world’s entertainment capital—makes the perfect HQ for taking in this top-class festival, which goes down September 5 through the 11th at the AMC Burbank 16 theater.

Festival Lowdown

This year’s Burbank Film Festival is bigger than ever: There’ll be 140 different films shown over the five-day affair, an impressive 22 of them from beyond the U.S. We’re talking documentaries, shorts, comedies, dramas, dramedies—you name it! You can see the full schedule of events right here.

The festival gets underway on September 7 with a pair of opening features—The Wave, a thriller about a monster tsunami, and Last Call at Murray’s, chronicling the final night of a long-running bar—and concludes on September 11 with Last Man Club, a film about a World War II veteran tracking down the surviving members of his bomber outfit.

Besides awards given in each genre of film, the event’s closing night gala will see Michelle Nichols receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, Danny Woodbury a Diversity Award, Jane Seymour an Awareness Award, and Joe Lawson an Honoree Award. This year, the festival also bestows the very first Garry Marshall Spirit Award in honor of the recently departed director-producer.

The 9/11 Anniversary

September 11 also marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In observance of the somber date, the festival will honor both Hal Albert, a veteran of the Second World War, and Doug Woodhams, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, with an Act of Valor award. A 2015 documentary on returning veterans of multiple generations, Home: Coming Back from War, will also be shown that day.

Tried & True Classics (and Saying Goodbye to an Icon)

On Saturday, September 10, the festival’s “History of Cinema” program will present a pair of beloved (and very different) classics: a 45th anniversary screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 1 PM, and a 30th-anniversary showing of Top Gun at 3:30 PM. Willy Wonka will take on extra-special significance given the recent death of the legendary Gene Wilder, who played the title character. Bonus: Anyone costumed as a character from the movie gets free entry to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory—and, appropriately enough, there’ll be a “Golden Ticket” handed out for a special prize.

We hope you’ll come join us here at Hotel Amarano for the Burbank Film Festival!

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