Mammoth Film Festival Closes Out Another Successful Year with Top-Tier Talent and Incredible Storytelling (Recap)

And that’s a wrap on the 2024 Mammoth Film Festival!

The international film extravaganza once again graced the Sierra Nevada Mountains from February 29 through March 4, 2024, where it celebrated varieties of filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, producers and their work.

Founded by Tanner Beard and Tomik Mansoori in 2018, the Mammoth Film Festival at the Minaret Cinemas, The Village and other various venues throughout Mammoth Mountain and The Town of Mammoth Lakes. Aside from world premieres of indie feature films, the five-day event also spotlights television episodics, short format stories and other digital format programming along with memorable receptions, the famous Mammoth Media Institute Charity Celebrity Bowling Tournament, Educational and Interactive Panels Discussions with Top Industry Leaders and the MammothCON Vendor Exhibition Hall.

“Mammoth still feels like this kind of undiscovered gem, you know? It’s still small, but it’s big,” co-founder Tanner Beard tells Celeb Secrets as to why he chose the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA to house his event. “You’re standing next to some of the most famous people on the planet and it just feels more cozy. It’s not so overdone and overrun where you don’t have access. We all stand shoulder-to-shoulder as filmmakers here at Mammoth, that’s for sure. The town is just a beautiful setting for it.”


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Celeb Secrets was one of the select few who scored an invite to attend the event and to no surprise, it did not disappoint. Despite a blizzard and avalanche warning that closed the town and surrounding areas for days, the community that Tanner and Tomik have built over the course of six years spreads nothing but love and support while celebrating the one thing everyone truly loves — the art of telling stories through filmmaking.

Throughout the weekend, we rubbed shoulders with a ton of celebs, including Bella Thorne, Caitlin McHugh and her husband John Stamos, Rachel Bilson, Olivia Allen, Nadine Crocker, Michael Madsen, Derek Waters, Shelley Hennig, Jamie Lee, Thomas Cocquerel, Jeremy Sumpter, Matt Fahey, Cassie Scerbo, Shiloh Fernandez and more. We also had the chance to see some pretty good flicks, including Mushka, We Have Notes, The Invisible Raptor, French Girl starring Vanessa Hudgens, Flycatcher, In The Fire starring Amber HeardThe Fall, Hellridewhich was celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, Plan B, FLUXXand more.

MAMMOTH, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Bella Thorne, Shelley Hennig, Alexandra Chando, Nadine Crocker, Rachel Bilson and Olivia Allen attend HER VOICE: A Conversation with Trailblazing Women at the Mammoth Film Festival on March 03, 2024 in Mammoth, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Mammoth Film Festival)

On day four (March 3), the Mammoth Film Festival hosted their Her Voice roundtable discussion during the Mammoth Film Summit Interactive Panels, where actress, director and festival manager Alexandra Chando moderated a panel with Bella Thorne, Shelley Hennig, Nadine Crocker, Olivia Allen and Rachel Bilson to talk about the advancement and achievement of the next generation of female filmmakers in film and television. The panel aims to inspire and create accessibility, outreach, and community through various workshops, summits, content and mentorship opportunities.

MAMMOTH, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 29: Tomik Mansoori, Evan Weisman, Theo Dumont, Tanner Beard and Alexandra Chando attend the Mammoth Film Festival Premiere on February 29, 2024 in Mammoth, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Mammoth Film Festival)

Keeping the real reason as to why film festivals exist at the forefront, Tanner says that the event is “made by filmmakers for filmmakers,” which ultimately is the  secret to running something that’s not only been successful, but also see more success as years go by.

“Everybody thinks this thing is run by like a team of 25 people, so hats off to Tomik Mansoori, Alexandra Chando, Theo Dumont, Evan Weisman and Nicole Castro because those are the five department heads that make this work. We’ve got the four wheels and the spare tire there, so we’re ready for a breakdown and we’re always ready to pick ourselves up,” Tanner says.

“That’s the secret. It’s just run by us and all of the people that help us below that — the family tree starts to grow. It’s a film festival made by filmmakers for filmmakers.”

Watch our interviews from the Mammoth Film Festival via the playlist below and let us know if you’re loving them by leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post.

Mammoth Film Festival 2024 - Celeb Secrets

  1. Caitlin McHugh Stamos Brings "Arm Candy" Husband John Stamos to THE INVISIBLE RAPTOR Premiere
  2. Shelley Hennig & Shiloh Fernandez Talk Showing the Dark Side of Hollywood in New Indie Film FLUXX
  3. Tanner Beard Shares Meaning Behind Bringing His Film Festival to Mammoth, Favorite Films & More
  4. Matthew Fahey & Cassie Scerbo Share Biggest Takeaway from Working on Indie Film THE FALL
  5. Thomas Cocquerel & Jeremy Sumpter Spill Fav Off-Camera Moments from Filming Indie Flick "The Fall"
  6. Nadine Crocker, Rachel Bilson & Olivia Allen's New Film CONTINUE Lets People Know They're Not Alone
  7. Pascal Borno Shares Favorite Memories From Working with Amber Heard for Indie Film "In The Fire"

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Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, watching sports and…

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