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Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Announces Preliminary 2016 Film Schedule

The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) returns as part of Comic-Con International for its 17th year. The CCI-IFF once again features a complete schedule of films from around the world, including the United States, Canada, France, Greece, Israel, New Zealand, and Portugal.

The Festival features the very best in genre films in seven categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture-Oriented), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. The films have been judged by a panel of industry luminaries (see below), and awards will be given out to the best film in each category, plus an overall “Judges’ Choice” award.

All films will be screened at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina next to the Convention Center, on the north end (Hall A) of the center. This year, the CCI-IFF moves to the new Marriott addition, adjacent to the North Tower of the hotel. The Film Festival room is Pacific 23, which is located on the first floor (street level) of the building. The schedule also includes the return of the popular ongoing panel series Comic-Con Film School, plus additional film-related panels on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the day. On Sunday, the CCI-IFF Awards will be presented, followed by screenings of the award-winning films in each category. Look for signage onsite directing you to the screening room.

Each year the CCI-IFF chooses a trio of judges to view the submissions of genre films we receive. These judges, respected individuals in the fields of film and popular arts, decide which films will be screened in the festival. The judges for 2016 are Matt Atchity, Eric Jacobus, and Nick Murphy

Click here for bios and photos of the 2016 judges.

CCI-IFF 2016 Preliminary Schedule

10:00-11:00: Comic-Con Film School 101


  • 11:05-11:35: HOSS
  • 11:35-12:05: No Touching
  • 12:05-12:25: Boxer
  •   12:25-1:15: Forbidden Temple of the Iron-Fisted Oracle
  •     1:15-1:55: Underground
  •     2:00-3:00: PANEL TBA

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  •     3:05-3:50: The Crystal Crypt
  •     3:50-4:15: Heroes of the Realm
  •     4:15-5:55: Alistair1918
  •     6:00-7:00: PANEL TBA
  •     7:05-7:20: Savant: Kali 47
  •     7:20-7:50: Limitless Potential
  •     7:50-8:20: Lola the Great
  •     8:20-8:55: Helio
  •     8:55-9:20: Future Boyfriend
  •   9:20-10:05: Monty and the Runaway Furnace
  • 10:05-10:30: Millennium: Eternal Sunrise
  • 10:30-10:55: Goblin Queen
  • 10:55-11:25: Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon
  • 11:25-11:40: White Wolf                   
  • 11:40-11:55: The Field


10:00-11:00: Comic-Con Film School 102


  • 11:05-12:50: Bezango, WA
  •    1:00-2:00: PANEL TBA
  •    2:05-3:10: Chris Claremont’s X-Men
  •    3:10-5:00: Floyd Norman: An Animated Life­
  •    5:05-6:05: PANEL TBA
  •    6:10-7:10: PANEL TBA
  •    7:15-9:10: Pin Up! The Movie
  •  9:10-10:25: Tracing Arthur


  • 10:25-10:55: Turned
  • 10:55-11:15: Knock Knock
  • 11:15-11:25: White Collar


10:00-11:00: Comic-Con Film School 103


  • 11:05-11:25: Bug Zapper The Birthday Bug
  • 11:25-11:35: Built to Serve
  • 11:35-11:50: House of Monsters: Frank & The Zombie Girl
  • 11:50-12:10: Cloudrise
  • 12:10-12:25: AirJunkie
  • 12:25-12:30: Loopi GuGo
  • 12:30-12:40: Accidents, Blunders and Calamities
  • 12:40-12:55: The Loneliest Stoplight
  •    1:00-2:00:  PANEL TBA


  •    2:05-2:35: Rahma
  •    2:35-2:55: Legend of the Mantamaji
  •    2:55-3:20: Arty
  •    3:20-3:40: Song of the Fifth Grade Samurai
  •    3:40-4:20: Age of Kaos
  •    4:20-4:35: The Red Thunder—El Trueno Rojo
  •    4:35-4:50: Working Man Hero


  •    4:50-5:20: Geester
  •    5:20-7:00: Detective Detective Detective
  •    7:00-7:25: A Hunger for Justice
  •    7:25-7:45: The Hold Up
  •    7:45-8:20: A Period Drama


  •     8:20-8:50: Monsters
  •     8:50-9:20: Flesh and Blood
  •     9:20-9:40: Harbinger
  •     9:40-9:55: Radio Silence
  •   9:55-10:40: Seer
  • 10:40-12:15: Occupants

  • 10:00-11:00: Comic-Con Film School 104
  • 11:00-11:55: CCI-IFF Awards Presentation
  •   12:00-5:00: CCI-IFF Award Winners Showcase

This schedule is subject to change. Look for a detailed schedule closer to Comic-Con 2016, including descriptions and filmmakers.

CCI-IFF 2015 Award Winners
Best Action/Adventure Film: Rope A Dope 2
Best Animated Film: The Looking Planet
Best Comics-Oriented Film: The Night Guardian
Best Documentary: She Makes Comics
Best Horror/Suspense Film: The Bridge Partner
Best Humor Film: Down in Flames: The True Story of Tony "Volcano" Valenci
Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film: So You've Grown Attached
Judges’ Choice Award: Rope A Dope 2

Special Thanks

Comic-Con International would like to thank Write Bros. for their sponsorship of the 2015 Film Festival by providing software prizes for the award winners, including Movie Magic Screenwriter Version 6.