The Santa Clarita International Film Festival is thrilled to announce a STELLAR line up to kick off the festival and define its voice and mission.

Thursday Dec 7th @ Laemmle Theater


Opening Night consists of the Short Film “Two Heads Are Better Than One” and the Feature Film “Fireboys”. To buy tickets for this event click on the “Purchase Button below.

Opening Night – Short

MEET LOS PARENTS is a short film which highlights the pressure of meeting your girlfriend’s parents, but with a spicy twist.


Heroes is not a movie about the epic battle of the students of the Chapultepec Military School in September 13th 1847, but instead the point of view of that group of students that decided to stay when this School was invaded by the US Army, but soon knew they were in an impossible situation that at that point they could not escape any more, and now they had to face it, together. This solidarity between friends in a very special bonding, it is what will keep them going to overcome their fears and try to survive that dawn. Through this movie we will experience the fear they had to face as their friends were being killed by the invading army inside their school. 


Filmmaker Ricardo Arnaiz had to do research at the Chapultepec Museum in Mexico City and talked to their historians and experts about the US Invasion to Mexico. Arnaiz and his team had access to documents in their archives that proved these figures were real and that the battle occurred very close to what we have known over the years and as is depicted in this film. 

Opening Night – Director

Ricardo Arnaiz One of Mexico´s pioneers in the Animation Industry, creator, Writer, Producer and Director of many Projects on Film, TV, Theater and Streaming, with 20 years of experience both in Mexico and the United States. Nominated for National and International Awards and winner of the Diosa de Plata and Ariel, among many others. Director of the Festival de Cine San Andrés Cholula 2019 And Partner with Edward James Olmos and Phil Roman (The Simpsons). CEO and Founder of ANIMEX, NAHUALA PRODUCCIONES in Mexico and ANIIMEX LATIN PRODUCTIONS in the US. His first TV series, RONCHO THE BAD LUCK DOG was sold in more than 10 Countries. Arnaiz is the Creator “La Leyenda de la Nahuala”, the first of the most important Animated Saga in Mexican Cinema. He has been involved in more than 20 projects, both animated and now live-action.

Opening Night – Host & Emcee

Joey Medina born and raised in the Bronx, New York, has been in the entertainment field in front and behind the camera for over 30 years. Before entering the world of show business, Joey was a professional world boxing contender and the Arizona Lightweight Boxing Champion.     

Early in his comedy career, Joey Medina was homeless and living in a car. He donated plasma to eat and just put gas in his vehicle. One day while donating plasma, Joey promised himself that he will prevail and be successful by following his dreams.

As a stand-up comedian, Joey was part of the most successful Latino comedy group in history. He appeared on Paramount Picture’s, “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy” with, George Lopez, Paul Rodriguez and Cheech Marin. He starred in several specials including his own SHOWTIME network comedy special called, “Taking Off the Gloves.” He’s appeared in over 70 films and TV shows.

As a comedian, not only has he headlined at all major comedy clubs in America, he has performed around the globe for international audiences as well. He has toured with Russell Peters in the U.S. and internationally and was the first American comedian to headline in Vietnam for the Vietnamese.

Joey Medina also had one of the top morning radio shows in Los Angeles on 96.3 FM, who’s show tied Big Boy on Power 106 in the ratings and won an “Impact Award” for “Excellence in Broadcasting” from the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

As a filmmaker, Joey has become an independent multi-award winning Director, Producer, Writer and Actor. One of his latest short films, “Beautiful Violence” has won to date 156 awards in several categories including Directing, Producing and Writing and he has been dubbed by some as “The King of Short Films.” Joey also starred, wrote, produced and directed his multi-award winning sitcom pilot titled, “Man of a Funny Age” where he also won an award for best male actor in a comedy.