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August 15, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

BUY TICKETSSaturday August 15
10am – 8pm

The Frida Cinema is proud to welcome World Coffee Events with the world’s first COFFEE FILM FESTIVAL!  Featuring established coffee films and community-created shorts, the day is open to the public but curated for the specialty coffee lover. Full-day tickets are now available for this unique cinematic experience, produced by an organization driven by coffee, community, and creativity!   Partial Day Passes will also be available as supplies last at the film festival itself.

Cofee-Film-Festival---Santa-Ana-Poster-resizeFESTIVAL PROGRAM


10:00am – Festival Opens
10:30am – A Small Section of the World (62 min.)
11:40am – Shorts Selection (21 min.)
12:05pm – Break
12:25pm – A Film About Coffee (61 min.)
– Lunch Break –


2:05pm – Aroma of Heaven (67 min.)
3:15pm – Break
3:35pm – Caffeinated + Q&A with director Vishal Solanki (81 min.)
5:15pm – Shorts Selection and Awards
5:45pm – Break
6:05pm – World Premiere Event – Barista (102 min.)




Full Day Festival Pass includes screening of all four feature films, all selected original short films, and access to the festival until 6pm. Your Pass also includes tastings and interactive experiences.


The Coffee Film Festival is excited to present the World Premiere of new documentary BARISTA, which takes a look at the United States Barista Championship!  This pass includes screening of all four feature films, all selected original short films, access to the festival all day, and a seat at this special premiere screening!  Pass also includes tastings and interactive experiences.


Aroma of Heaven

Armed with nothing but innate curiosity and a small crew, the filmmakers endured a polemic journey through the world of Indonesian coffee, which has a history rooted more than 300 years ago. We started compiling this movie in 2011. The filmmakers spent the last few years meeting with a variety of thought leaders as well as traditional farmers – remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, anthropology, business and agriculture.  Tradition, culture, arts, faith and indigenous beliefs contributed to Indonesia’s coffee history. More than just describing the origin of the flavor of coffee, more than just trends and lifestyle of coffee drinking, Biji Kopi Indonesia is an utterly engaging documentary film that poses the provocative question: how well do we know the coffee that we consume every day? The result is up to the viewer themselves to answer.

A Small Section of the World

How many hands touch your morning coffee before you?  How many of those hands are women’s?  A Small Section of the World is a documentary film that tells the inspirational story about a group of women from a remote farming region of Costa Rica whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee growing world.  After a crisis, the men of the village left in search of work and the women came together to imagine a different future for themselves, their families and their community by building their own coffee mill. They are the first women’s run micro-mill in their country.  The film follows the impact of this remarkable story of perseverance as it touches lives around the globe and shows how these resourceful women overcame adversity to change the culture within their small section of the world. A story of passion and tenacity, A Small Section of the World is about women’s empowerment, the risky business of coffee and how a cup of coffee can transform lives. Inspired by the story, multi-Grammy winner and the best selling female rock performer of all time, Alanis Morissette contributed an original anthem to the film, co-written with Costa Rican artist and Grammy winner Carlos Tapado Vargas.

A Film About Coffee

A Film About Coffee follows the production of coffee from farms in Honduras and harvests in Rwanda to its global consumption. Listening to farmers, buyers, roasters and baristas about the crop’s economic and environmental implications both locally and abroad, the narrative travels to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York, with stops in between. Dropping in on artisanal cafes to investigate how each prepares its own unique cup, the film opens a window into the little-understood world of specialty coffee.


Caffeinated tells the story of coffee through the perspectives of people who have dedicated their lives to it. At every step of the process, it’s the hands that planted the seed, that roasted the beans, that crafted the drink that makes every cup of coffee a story worth telling.


BARISTA at The Frida CinemaFive top baristas find themselves pushing the limits of coffee perfection to win the National Barista Championship – a surreal competition where even one mistake is far too many.   Once a year, thousands of baristas square off in competitions around the U.S., but only one will become the National Champion.  Barista takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and enlightening look into the unimaginable world of coffee competitions and the passionate, lovable and quirky characters that devote their lives to them. If you think you know coffee – this film will make you think twice. These baristas take this universally beloved beverage seriously. Their passion for it can be felt through every frame of the film. Barista will take you beyond the drink and shine a light on a unique world very few of us ever knew existed.


The 2015 Coffee Film Festival is produced by World Coffee Events (WCE), an event management organization registered in Dublin, Ireland and founded by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.  WCE is the premier producer of events for the coffee community worldwide. Our mission is to develop events that engage the specialty coffee community and promote coffee excellence.  The current portfolio involves competition events such as the World Barista Championship, the World Cup Tasters Championship, the World Latte Art Championship, the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, the Cezve/Ibrik Championship, and the World Brewers Cup, as well as show features such as the Espresso Bar and the Brew Bar.  Learn more at www.worldcoffeeevents.org.

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August 15, 2015
10:00 am - 8:00 pm


The Frida Cinema
305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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