The San Diego Film Festival is one of the fastest growing Festivals in the country. It has two luxury screening venues: Reading Cinemas Gaslamp Quarter and Arclight Cinemas La Jolla (UTC) and an extraordinary lineup of high powered and little known independent films from around the world and as well, studio films that are already generating plenty of awards buzz. This is the Festival to see Academy Award winning films before they were nominated — for the past two years. 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County and Silver Linings Playbook were all screened at the San Diego Film Festival. See it here first!
This is the region’s premier showcase for award-winning independent films, studio premieres and director interviews – all against the backdrop of America’s Finest City. For film lovers and enthusiasts, it just doesn’t get any better.
The Film Festival is just the beginning. The mission of the San Diego Film Foundation is to support independent filmmaking all year through screenings and events, developing film programs in local schools and driving the development of local filmmaking here in San Diego.
Attend the San Diego Film Festival and help us fulfill our mission of bringing the best independent filmmakers from around the world to our screens – and our beautiful city.
Founded in 2001, The San Diego Film Festival is produced by the not-for-profit San Diego Film Foundation. Their mission is to support the best in independent filmmaking while enhancing the diverse cultural landscape and economic vitality of San Diego. The San Diego Film Festival’s 5-day independent film festival is held blocks from the San Diego Bay in the historic Gaslamp Quarter — San Diego’s premier downtown entertainment district and in the affluent seaside community of La Jolla.
The Festival premieres more than 100 American and international features, short films and thought-provoking documentaries, while also providing intimate filmmaker and celebrity gatherings, along with top Hollywood industry panels. The Festival has earned more than 12 awards for Best Film Festival, including Top 25 Fests Worth Your Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine and was named one of the Top Ten Best Regional Film Festival’s in the country by Chris Gore’s The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, as well as one of the Top Ten Best Vacation Film Festivals. In 2012 and 2013 it had its biggest National Coverage in respected film industry publications such as Variety, Hollywood Reporter, The LA Times, The Wrap and IndieWire.
The Festival celebrate its 13th year September 24-28th.