The 2022 Cordillera International Film Festival Brings Hollywood to Reno July 29-August 1

Members of the Grand Jury of the Cordillera Int’l Film Festival 2021 and celebrities in attendance.

Five days of the world’s best new movies, panels, parties and 300,000 awards Over 100 legendary and up-and-coming filmmakers coming to Reno

We are beyond thrilled to present such an impressive film line-up and welcome over 100 industry icons and emerging voices.

— Emily Skyle-Golden, General Manager of Cordillera

RENO, NEVADA, USA, July 19, 2022 / — The Cordillera International Film Festival, one of the top 100 film festivals rated on FilmFreeway and Nevada’s largest film festival, plans to host its strongest festival since 2019 at this year’s festival, July 28-August 1, 2022 in Reno. , NV. Filmmakers, movie fans and movie lovers are invited to enjoy this year’s festival weekend.

The festivities will include screenings of numerous feature films and over 100 short films, daily Q&A panels with industry experts and filmmakers, and events and parties throughout the weekend. Filmmakers will be especially interested in the festival awards ceremony on Saturday evening July 30 at the National Automobile Museum and the $175,000 PITCHFEST! happening Sunday morning at the Galaxy Theatres. Attendees can choose between VIP passes or single-event and screening tickets, available at

Feature films selected by Cordillera have debuted at major global festivals, including Berlin, SXSW, Toronto and Tribeca. On average, an impressive 83% of features adhere to Cordillera’s focus on inclusion and diversity, giving a voice to underrepresented people in front of and behind the camera, including Indigenous, female, LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities . In 2021, 42% of feature films were directed by rookie directors or making their debut in a narrative feature.

Emblematic of the Cordillera grand jury is led by internationally acclaimed Australian Chairman and Cinematographer Peter Menzies, Jr. ACS. A resident of Lake Tahoe, Menzies, with half the grand jurors and most Special jurors, will attend the festival and award more than $300,000 in cash and prizes to the winning filmmakers. The Grand Juries present will judge the PITCHFEST! and take part in panels, presentations and special events during the festival.

The 2022 Cordillera International Film Festival Grand Jury includes directors: Bruce Beresford, Benny Boom, Howard Deutch, Will Gluck, Alex Kalymnios, Mo Marable, David Nutter, Mikael Salomon and Simon West; Producers: Alexandra Derbyshire and Hunt Lowry; Director of Photography: Peter Menzies, Jr.; Production designer: Derek Hill; Costume Designer: Karyn Wagner; Casting director: Junie Lowry-Johnson; Storyboard Artist: Warren Drummond; Colorist: Mitch Paulson; Industry leader: Dick Walsh; Festival programmer: Greg Sorvig; and actors: Bill Farmer, Kristoffer Polaha and Wes Studi.

“We are beyond thrilled to present such an impressive film line-up and welcome over 100 industry icons and emerging voices,” explained Emily Skyle-Golden, Executive Director of Cordillera. “We are proud to be a film festival that celebrates filmmakers who educate, engage, entertain and inspire through the art of filmmaking,”


Cordillera celebrates the art of storytelling while championing inclusion, diversity and inspiring change through the power of film. Cordillera was a partner of the Marche du Film Festivals Hub at the 2022 Cannes International Film Festival and attracted a record number of film submissions from over 80 countries. Over 150 official selections will be screened throughout the 5-day festival from July 28 to August 1, 2022. For more information, visit

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