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Anders Thomas Jensen's "Riders of Justice" starring Mads Mikkelsen
Anders Thomas Jensen’s “Riders of Justice” starring Mads Mikkelsen

Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) returns in person this year at the Burbank AMC 16 Theaters for live screenings and events, running from September 9-12, 2021. The festival opens with Mads Mikkelsens’ award-winning film Riders of Justice on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

The Friday Night Centerpiece film will be the World Premiere of This Game’s Called Murder, starring Ron Perlman, Natasha Henstridge (Species), and Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth).

Saturday’s Night of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, September 11, will feature the new supernatural thriller The Unholy starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) and Cary Elwes (Stranger Things), written and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snake Eyes).

On Sunday, the Closing feature will be the Docudrama, Acting: The First Six Lessons starring Emily Bridges (in her directorial debut) with her father Beau Bridges, followed by a Q&A with director Emily Bridges. They will also be presented the President’s Innovation Award plus a Special Bridges Family Tribute by actress Rachel Boston (CBS’s SEAL Team, 500 Days of Summer) at the festival’s Closing Night Red Carpet Awards Gala on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center.

Additional festival highlights include on Thursday, September 9th, is the LGBTQ program, the Festival will screen the award-winning series The Bay starring recent Daytime Emmy Award Winners Karrueche Tran, Kristos Andrews and Mike Manning. Saturday, September 11th has the faith-based feature Rekindling Christmas starring Ashley Atwood (Hell on the Border) and Patrick Michael Lane (Dynasty); the political satire feature Bad President starring Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother) and Jeff Rector (American Horror Story) and Sci-fi/Horror shorts, Koreatown Ghost Story starring Margaret Cho and Killing Time starring Maggie McCollester (Dexter). Other screenings include the foreign feature film from Malaysia, Million Loves In Me.

“When I took over the festival in 2012, my goal was to make BIFF a Sundance right in our own backyard. We continue to bring a world-class festival to the great city of Burbank and we are so thrilled to be back hosting a live, in-person festival for 2021!” said festival President Jeff Rector.

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