Sixteen films from local and international filmmakers will be screened at the 2009 Santa Monica International Film Festival scheduled from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, November 14th.

Free screening passes are available to all Santa Monica residents at, or at the festival box office on the day of the event.

The Santa Monica International Film Festival, which includes premieres, special events and screenings, additionally offers filmgoers the opportunity to meet the filmmakers and pitch new film ideas to established film distribution and production companies.

Special events include the filmmaker networking breakfast, a pitch event, awards presentation and the VIP after party at an undisclosed location.

Festival screenings will take place at the Ocean Avenue Screening Room, 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Among the featured films is a documentary based on a celebrity surfer, “Work to Surf.” The film made in Santa Monica chronicles the life and times of Allen Sarlo, one of the surfing world’s most accomplished and committed performers.

Another film, “Mercy,” marks the directorial debut of local filmmaker Abigail Mittel and explores the disconnect between a husband and wife over the disappearance—of their child.

Tickets for the event range from $10 to $20 and are available online at, by phone at (866) 468-3399 or at the festival venue box office on the day of the event.

For more information and a detailed screening schedule,