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Illuminate Film Festival 2022 returns

(Courtesy of Illuminate Film Festival)

(Courtesy of Illuminate Film Festival)

Originally Published: August 10, 2022 12:40 p.m.

lluminate Film Festival is pleased to announce that its annual festival will return Nov. 5-13.

Early Bird Passes will go on sale Aug. 15. Individual tickets will go on sale in October.

For eight years, Illuminate has made it their mission to discover and exhibit cinematic gems that elevate consciousness and inspire personal, community and planetary transformation. The festival has aimed to foster and advance the genre of conscious cinema, earning it a reputation as the nation’s leading festival of its kind and a haven where conscious films and filmmakers are discovered, industry connections are made, enlightened ideas are shared, and audiences are transformed.

Illuminate showcases ground-breaking narrative features, documentaries, episodics and shorts, exploring themes such as spirituality, mindfulness, health and wellness, human potential, science and quantum physics, environmental sustainability and social action.

The festival has also welcomed the participation of film industry stalwarts like Warner Bros Pictures, Pixar, International Documentary Association, New Line Cinema and Gaia.

What’s in store

Illuminate’s 2022 installment will continue to bring you the best of conscious film in a hybrid festival format, with both virtual and live components. It will be a scaled-back version of the annual gathering, featuring a weekend of in-person screenings, events and parties, followed by a week of virtual programming.

The centerpiece of the in-person celebration will be Saturday, Nov. 5 — a day of red carpet premieres, filmmaker Q&As, luminary talks and Reel Healing workshops at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, followed by a VIP party. More details on the programming will be revealed in the coming months.

The weeklong online component will feature live global virtual screenings of 10 films, also accompanied by filmmaker Q&As, luminary panels and online workshops.

The screenings can be viewed online in Illuminate’s Virtual Screening Room at illuminate.watch or on Apple TV or Roku through the Eventive app. The films and conversations will be recorded and available on-demand through Sunday, Nov. 13.

According to Illuminate’s executive director, Danette Wolpert, “This year, we’ll have fewer films but more impact potential… more ‘wow factor.’ We’ve planned a very different festival from those we’ve held in the past in order to adapt to the dramatic changes we’re seeing in the film landscape and the Sedona landscape from the pandemic. Our in-person events will be targeted to our local community, and our global audience, now from all 50 states and 84 countries, will be encouraged to watch and connect with each other online.”

The festival sincerely thanks its hotel partners Courtyard by Marriott Sedona, Whispering Creek Bed & Breakfast, Grace Grove and Enchantment Resort for hosting festival guests.

In the meantime, Illuminate continues to offer programs year-round, including bi-monthly live virtual screenings and an ever-expanding curated catalog of on-demand films, which can be viewed anytime, from anywhere.

Illuminate’s mission to elevate consciousness and inspire lasting transformation is more vital now than ever before. “After two tough years, we are ready for stories that bring us less division and more harmony, less falsehood and more truth, less fear and more love,” says Wolpert. “Who couldn’t use a dose of that?”

For more information, visit illuminatefilmfestival.com.