Santa Monica Film Festival

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The Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie Awards 1996-2001
Location Santa Monica, California
Founded 1996

The Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie Awards was an annual film series and awards show held in Santa Monica, California, United States.


The Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie Awards was created by Albert Birdie deQuay in 1997. In 2001 Birdie decided to focus exclusively on his activities with CHIORI Media ( Venice Beach ) and handed all festival management activities to Dallas based non profit group Deep Ellum Film Festival until it was later dissolved in 2003. It's unique format ran throughout the year screening films every 3rd Thursday as part of their X Series at the Aero theater and Santa Monica's Laemmles Monica 4 Plex theater. The films were voted on by the audiences, then later awarded the Moxie! Awards at an annual week-long award ceremony called the MOXIE Awards. During the Awards, SMFF honored entertainment greats such as Ray Bradbury, (who attended the Sci-Fi themed ceremony on 2000), Ray Harryhausen and Forrest J Ackerman. The three are known as the father of Science Fiction.

Under the Stars Summer Series included summer nigh film exhibitions at venues such as Bergamot Station and Santa Monica Pier were classics such as “ Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” and “Grease” were projected in its original format. Proceeds went to benefit the santa monica art museum charity.

Past participating filmmakers were Spike Jonze, Gore Verbinski, Jason Reitman, Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna and more.


Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie Awards held its annual accolades, at Loews Hotel. Typically the event showcased 75 films from all around the world during a 5-day festival.


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