Attendees of the Idyllwild Film Festival will have more to look forward to this year, with nearly 100 movies, documentaries and short films slated to show over five days.
“We believe 2013 will deliver on the promise of high-quality films and a great overall visitor experience,” said festival Chairman Phil Calderone.
He said a total 96 productions will be screened between the start of the third-annual festival Wednesday and the close on Sunday. Australian, British, Dutch, German, Iranian, Italian, Russian and movies made in a host of other countries are on the schedule.
Last year’s festival featured screenings of 67 U.S.-made and foreign films. Organizers said the slate’s expansion reflects growing enthusiasm for the event, which coincides with the Palm Springs International Film Festival, also wrapping up Sunday.
This year’s Idyllwild picks include the American-made horror film “Nailbiter,” about a mom and her three daughters who take shelter in a house during a tornado, only to learn that something else occupies the dwelling — and doesn’t want them there; “Guests of a Nation,” a United Kingdom short film about Ireland’s War for Independence; and the documentary “Bound by Flesh,” about Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were sold to a carnival at birth.
Along with the screenings, the festival will host a Thursday night “Networking Party,” giving attendees the opportunity to hobnob with filmmakers. An awards ceremony is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Showings are scheduled at the following venues: Astrocamp Theatre, 26800 Saunders Meadow Road; Caine Learning Center, 54385 Pine Crest Ave.; and the Rustic Theatre, 54290 N. Circle Drive.