The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival (LAFF)

The LAFF is a prestigious signature event that celebrates not only today’s film, television and new media, but is a reminder of the area’s illustrious past and connection to Hollywood, starting with Cecil B. DeMille discovering the mountains in 1914 and using them repeatedly over the next thirty years for some of his epic films. Magnificent Mountain Movies authored by local film historian Lee Cozad captures this precious history; D.W. Griffith chose the San Bernardino Mountains for the classic, Birth of a Nation. From the silent era to present day, the pristine lakes have been a favorite spot for filmmakers to depict location settings for Alaska, Canada, Maine, and Switzerland. For close to a century, almost every big name in Hollywood has, at one time or another made the journey to the mountain communities.

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With this marvelous history, the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival saw its debut in the spring of 1999. Film Festival honorees have included Beau Bridges, the John Carradine family (John, David, Keith and Robert), Richard Chamberlain, the Kirk Douglas family (Kirk, Michael, and Joel), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ernie Hudson, June Lockhart, Joe Mantegna, Christopher McDonald, Eric Roberts, Gena Rowlands, Harry Sherman and Vincent Spano.



The Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of mountain community residents, organizations, local businesses, foundations, and the hard work of our directors, advisors, volunteers and loyal members of the community as well as industry supporters residing throughout Southern California.


 The Film Festival is a powerful source of education for responsible media and a wonderful affordable family event for entertainment. It is a prestigious signature event in the San Bernardino Mountain Communities.