A group of film enthusiasts are sitting back and letting the reel unwind on the first Burbank International Film Festival running through Sunday at Woodbury University.
“Everything is done and now we can enjoy it,” festival Executive Director Sharon Wissel said.
The festival is the baby of Burbank resident Val Tonione, festival president and founder. He produced the San Fernando Valley International Film festival from 2003 to 2007 at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, he said.
“We had a lot of fun,” he said. “It was a great production. We had some great celebrities.”
Tonione thought it was time to bring a film festival to Burbank, he said. There is a rich history of entertainment here as well as the many studios and entertainment production companies in town, he said.