This is an exciting year for both ScreenCrave and myself as both a journalist and a filmmaker as I’ll be attempting to cover the festival from both angles (as if one position wasn’t hard enough already!). As always, ScreenCrave will be down there with their team to bring you breaking news and live blogs out of Hall H, videos of filmmakers and fans alike, interviews with everyone you could ever want interviews with at Comic-Con and of course photos of many of the outrageous things that go on down when adults relive their teenage years.

But! This year will also be a bit different because this year will be the first ever Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) and by the luck of the draw and me stumbling into a group of ridiculously talented filmmakers, I will actually be in the film, The Price playing at the festival.

Co-Directors James St. Vincent and Zeke Pinheiro as well as renowned actor and producer, Carlos Gallardo (“el Mariachi”) will be speaking on a panel for the film and they along with actor Mali Elfman (that’s me!) and producers Michael May & Ashleigh Snead will all be traveling down to the Con for the screening and will be available for interviews from Wednesday July 20th through Sunday July 24th (hey, I’m in there! I’ll be there once I’m done interviewing someone else!).

Here’s a little bit more about the film itself:

Set in a gritty and economically devastated New York City, “The Price” is the story of two outlaws and the bounty hunter who pursues them. Inspired by Italian Westerns of the 1960′s, the film is a mash-up of “A Fistful Of Dollars” and “Mad Max” with a little “Escape From New York” sprinkled on top.

“The Price” short was produced as both a stand alone piece as well as a way to create awareness of the feature film version which is slated to begin principal photography Summer 2012 in New York City. Says writer and co-director James St. Vincent, “I wanted to make a western. It was that simple. I wanted to make a 1960′s Italian style western with Zapatista overtones a la Sergio Corbucci. And I wanted it to be a complete story from beginning to end rather than just a chapter in the bigger story.”

Official festival selections since Spring 2011 included The Vail Film Festival, CineFest San Antonio, The Long Island Film Festival and The Los Angeles International New Wave Film Festival. Upcoming screenings include The Manhattan Film Festival and The AOF Festival in LA. In September the team will travel to Almeria, Spain for the Almeria Western Film Festival which takes place amongst the still standing sets from many of the most well known Spaghetti Westerns such as “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” and “A Fistful of Dollars”.

If you want to check out the festival, it’s easy, all of the screenings and panels will be held at the Marriott Marquis and Marina, right next door to the Convention Center (next to the Hall A end). Screenings run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and there will be special opening night event open to everyone with filmmakers in attendance, on Thursday, July 21, in the foyer outside the Festival room at the Marriott from 8:00pm to 9:00pm.

Watch the trailer now…