TCM Celebrates its 8th Annual Classic Film Festival

On April 6, 2017, TCM held its four-day all-inclusive classic film festival for thousands of movie lovers from around the world in Hollywood. Hosted by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz and Tiffany Vazquez, this year’s attendees experienced Comedy in the Movies with screenings, meet-ups and events featuring industry legends like Lee Grant, Mel Brooks and John Landis. The festival also honored the late mother-daughter powerhouse Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher and long-time, beloved TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne.

The event kicked off with a 50th Anniversary screening of the Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger classic In the Heat of the Night. This landmark film, that has won five Academy Awards, kicked off the festival by featuring an audience discussion with the film’s producer Walter Mirisch, director Norman Jewison, actress Lee Grant and composer Quincy Jones.

(Opening of In the Heat of the Night (1967) screening)

(Left to Right: producer Walter Mirisch, director Norman Jewison, actor Sidney Poitier, actress Lee Grant and composer Quincy Jones)

Festival-goers also attended an honorary handprint and footprint ceremony for Carl and Rob Reiner at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX®, the first occasion in which a father and son duo have been jointly honored. Special guests Billy Crystal, Tom Bergeron and Normal Lear celebrated the storied careers of the father and son duo who have collectively worked in the industry for more than a century and amassed countless accolades.

The festival wrapped with a special live sit-down Q&A with host Ben Mankiewicz and Michael Douglas in which the actor opened up about his career and life in the industry. The full interview will air on TCM later this year. Also, you can see the full list of films featured at this year’s festival here.

To learn more about the film festival and what it takes to put on this extraordinary event, we put together a video to hear from TCM Film Festival Director, Genevieve McGillicuddy, who has been responsible for planning the festival since its inception eight years ago.