Coronado Island Film Festival Hosts Final Film in Student Classics Series

On Saturday morning, May 21 at 10:00 a.m., CIFF’s Coronado Student Classic Film Study Program presents William Wyler’s film roman holidays, the eighth and final film in the 2022 Classic Student Film Series. The series was widely watched by students on and off the island. Take a break from all the end of the year madness and watch a good movie!

By a strange coincidence, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), an American journalist in Rome, realizes that the drunken young woman he allowed to “sleep” in his apartment is a missing princess. He quickly cobbles together a bizarre secret plan with a photographer friend (Eddie Albert) for the two to earn big salaries by clandestinely interviewing and photographing Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) on tour in the Eternal City. Bradley’s clever plot hits an unforeseen difficulty when he and Princess Ann find themselves drawn to each other in one of cinema’s most unlikely romances.

Wyler’s film is perhaps best known for introducing American audiences to the luminously beautiful, uniquely charming and talented Audrey Hepburn in her Hollywood debut, which won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Beautifully filmed on location in Rome, critical acclaim and the timeless enchantment of roman holidays shows the universal cinematic appeal of authentic love stories. Sixty-eight years after its creation in 1953, roman holidays still remains one of the most distinctive romantic comedies ever filmed, joyously celebrating the budding love between a man and a woman, a love always bound and guided by moral truth.

1953 movie poster

William Wyler was a true giant of Hollywood’s Golden Age. His career began in 1925 by directing silent westerns. Over the next 45 years, Wyler made over 50 films in every genre imaginable. Nominated for the Oscars for best director a record 12 times, he won three. In 1966, Wyler received the Irving Thalberg Award, the Academy’s highest honor.

The Student Classic series is open to all public and private high school and college students, homeschoolers in these age groups and their parents. To purchase tickets, visit: On the morning of the show only, seating capacity permitting, a special “cash only” seating section is available for others who would like to attend as guests of the students.

The May 21 Classic Student Film Study Series screening of “Roman Holiday” and post-screening discussion begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. sharp at Coronado’s Village Theater, 820 Orange Avenue. Admission includes a little popcorn and a drink! Scholarships are available and confidential; E-mail [email protected]. We invite you to follow us on Instagram @coronadostudentclassicfilms.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL | The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation in good standing whose mission is to welcome filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to the historic seaside village of Coronado, California for celebrate the magical art of visual storytelling. Coronado’s enduring love affair with Hollywood began over a century ago at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, our festival’s presenting sponsor. Launched in 2016, CIFF quickly established itself as a walkable, single-destination film festival. Through events and screenings throughout the year, Q&As, workshops, live performances, informative panels, celebrity tributes and awards presented by juries of respected industry professionals , the festival continues to attract filmmakers at all levels of their craft, celebrities and various industry notables who come to experience the best of independent, studio and student films in an intimate and welcoming environment.