The stars were shining bright in Coronado last weekend as Emerald C Gallery was the scene of the Filmmakers Bash for the Coronado Island Film Festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The gallery was the perfect backdrop as producers, filmmakers, directors, jurors, volunteers, board members, patrons and guests gathered to enjoy a night of music and celebration. Mariah Gillespie tickled the ivories, entertaining guests on the Emerald C's grand piano. Local artists were in attendance and included Jorge D'Soria painting a black and white rendition of a famous Marilyn Monroe portrait. Among the attendees were CIFF President and CEO Mary Sikes, Founder and Executive Director Doug St. Denis, and Producer and Co-Executive Director Andrew Friedenberg, of the Coronado Island Film Festival, and Coronado City Manager Blair King and his wife Nancy Adams. CIFF saluted Award winning Director Raymond De Felitta, whose short film "Bronx Cheers" was an Academy Award nominee. De Felitta's movie "City Island" was one of the Festival's featured films. Guests mingled with screenwriter Rob Ramsey and Academy Award winning Director Ira Wohl (Best Documentary Oscar for "Best Boy") who served as Festival jurors; Catherine Tambini, Best Documentary for “Perfectly Normal for Me”, Emmy winner Amber Edwards, Mitra Sen, who won the Dale St. Denis Best Woman Filmmaker Award for "Under the Same Sun"; and one of Hollywood's most prolific cinematographers, Oscar-nominated ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit") Dean Cundey, of the "Back to the Future" series and "Apollo 13".