A still from the documentary feature film ‘Ricochet.’

A still from the documentary feature film ‘Ricochet.’ (Courtesy photo)

The Ojai Film Festival returns Nov. 3-20 for its 23rd year with both in-person and virtual events, celebrating the works of filmmakers from around the world.

The official festival schedule includes 84 selected films (features, shorts, documentaries, and animated films), over a dozen seminars, panels, and receptions with filmmakers, live music from local artists, and the Awards Brunch. 

For the second year, the festival will run in hybrid form, screening all films in person Nov. 4-7 at the Ojai Art Center, and virtually Nov. 8-20 via the Eventive.org festival hosting platform, doubling last year’s length of virtually available stream times. 

This year’s festival has an expanded selection of conversations with filmmakers and creatives that delve into the world of film, production and post-production, from the Emmy-nominated director and producer team, Michael Milano and Noémie Dumont  (“137 Shots,” “Ojai Burning”) to VFX specialist Bill Mather (“Star Trek: Generations,” “Men in Black,” and “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”).

This year’s World Music in Film seminar, designed to raise awareness of the many world cultures that are presented to us through a variety of mediums, will focus on the music in film tracks.  

Two Lifetime Achievement Awards, now known as Distinguished Artist Awards, will be presented to audio engineer Paul Massey (“Moonage,” “Daydream,” “Deadpool,” “007: No Time to Die”) and actress Jacqueline Bisset (“Loren and Rose,” “La Ceremonie,” “The Deep”).

For the second year in a row, there will also be two dynamic Diversity in Film panels, and a special Diversity Film Award, sponsored by Panavision. All awards and trophies will be presented at the Awards Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 6, to which all are invited.

“We are very excited about our hybrid festival schedule this year, including 84 wonderful films from around the world, and a full slate of interactive panels and workshops, followed by 13 days of On Demand streaming availability of this year’s films and recorded events,” said Ojai Film Festival director Richard Sven Shelgren.

Learn more about the festival and its schedule at OjaiFilmFestival.com.