Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie Awards

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Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie Awards
Location Santa Monica, California, United States
Founded 1996
Disestablished 2001

The Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie Awards (1996-2001) was an annual film series and awards show held in Santa Monica, California, United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


The Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie Awards was created by Albert Birdie deQuay, also known as Birdie deQuay, in 1997. In 2001, deQuay decided to focus exclusively on his activities with New Media Agency in 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. Its unique format ran throughout the year screening films every third Thursday as part of their X Series at the Aero Theatre and the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, both in Santa Monica. 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.[8][not in citation given]

During the Moxie Awards, the Santa Monica Film Festival honored entertainers such as Ray Bradbury, (who attended the Sci-Fi themed ceremony on 2000), Ray Harryhausen and Forrest J. Ackerman.[citation needed]

The Under the Stars Summer Series included summer night film exhibitions at venues such as Bergamot Station and Santa Monica Pier. Films shown included classics such as “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” and “Grease” were projected in their original format. Proceeds went to benefit the Santa Monica Art Museum charity.[citation needed]

Past participating filmmakers included Spike Jonze, Gore Verbinski, Jason Reitman, Dennis Franz, and Joe Mantegna.[citation needed]


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


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