SOURCE: Temecula Valley Int'l Film & Music Festival

June 30, 2005 10:04 ET

Leonard Maltin to Be Honored With Outstanding Career Achievement Award and AFI to Receive Special Tribute and Honors at 11th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival

September 14-22nd, 2005

TEMECULA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 30, 2005 -- The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF) has been growing every year bringing filmmakers and musicians from all over the world together for a packed agenda of indie film screenings, festival showcases, educational workshops and panels, nightly networking events, a red-carpet Opening Night screening and party and even a Sunday hot-air balloon ride. This year, slated for September 14-22nd, 2005, celebrating a four-day expansion from years past at The Movie Experience at Tower Plaza (25735 Ynez Road), this now nine-day event is proud to announce exciting news regarding the annual Gala Awards Night (September 17th, 2005, at Pechanga Resort & Casino - 45000 Pechanga Pkwy.), announcing The American Film Institute (AFI) will be saluted with a special tribute as the festival is proud to announce its inaugural Distinguished Institution Award. AFI will be honored for its significant role and remarkable contributions to the celebration and recognition of the art of American Film and Television. AFI Director/CEO, Jean Picker Firstenberg will be accepting. Leonard Maltin is the first individual announced as TVIFF's Outstanding Career Achievement Honoree for his significant contributions to film as historian, critic and author.

"I feel very fortunate to make a living pursuing my lifelong love affair with movies; to receive an award for that is humbling, and very, very gratifying," states Leonard Maltin, who is perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference, "Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide," which was first published in 1969 and as a regular commentator and interviewer on television's "Entertainment Tonight" and for three years co-hosted the weekly movie review show, "Hot Ticket." Maltin, the extreme multi-hyphenate, additionally has a daily radio feature, "Leonard Maltin's™ Video View," airs on KNX in Los Angeles, and he appears on the Starz cable TV network. He teaches at the University of Southern California, and was a member of the faculty at the New School for Social Research in New York City, publishes a quarterly newsletter for old-movie buffs, "Leonard Maltin's™ Movie Crazy," and maintains a website, His lengthy list of published works as an author and journalist need a library of their own -- which include: "Leonard Maltin's Family Film Guide," "Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia," and "The Great American Broadcast," just to name a few!

Presenting unique film showcases at the festival for the past four years, this year AFI will continue the tradition of offering this year's best AFI filmmakers showcase during the festival screenings. In addition, AFI is being honored with the inaugural Distinguished Institution Award, and a special tribute of acknowledgement for being an innovative organization and a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.

"AFI is honored to have been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Institution Award. In the 38 years since it was established, AFI is proud to recognize and celebrate the artists and the art of the moving image in all of its forms," states Jean Picker Firstenberg, Director and CEO, AFI. For more info on AFI, go to

Other honorees for the 2005 Gala in the categories of Producer, Actor, Director and Music will be announced shortly. In years past honorees have included such legendary talent as the late Ray Charles, Karl Malden, Robert Wise, Carl Reiner, Etta James, Shirley Jones and honorees such as John Spencer, Michael York and last year, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Lou Rawls.

The 11th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival runs Sept. 14-Sept. 22, 2005 at the Movie Experience Theaters at Tower Plaza Center and is presented by Cinema Entertainment Alliance, a nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to celebrating world cinema and music. Tickets go on sale Aug. 30, 2005. Event info.: or call (951) 699-5514. For media inquiries, contact Stacey Kumagai at (818) 506-8675 or Shari Crall at (951) 323-6509

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