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Get Your Pass to New Perspectives with the San Diego International Film Festival

The festival takes place October 15–20 and features premieres, parties, filmmakers, and more




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The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent film circuit, with 200+ filmmakers gathering in San Diego to show their films every year. SDIFF celebrates film’s power to create empathy via new perspectives that emerge from powerful and compelling storytelling.

The festival showcases great stories, fresh voices and diverse points of view from around the world. Our line up includes world-premiers, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of parties and events with the filmmakers themselves.

Great film sparks great dialogue, which is why we’re dedicated to giving our audiences the unique opportunity to meet and ask questions of filmmakers after screenings, and informally meet-ups at a variety of parties and events.

The festival culminates with the annual Night of the Stars Tribute – a glamorous event recognizing actors and filmmakers who have made a mark on the film industry, and the world, with their professional contributions.

Key Events:

Thursday, October 3
Festival Preview & Media Party | Theatre Box San Diego

Tuesday, October 15
Official Opening Night Film | The Balboa Theatre
After Party | Parq Nightclub

Wednesday, October 16
Film Screenings with Filmmakers | Theatre Box San Diego
Filmmaker Cocktail Hour | 5th & Sky (rooftop Theatre Box San Diego)

Thursday October 17
ArcLight Cinemas Opening Film & Reception, Westfield UTC

Friday, October 18
Night of the Stars Tribute | Pendry San Diego

Saturday, October 19
Filmmaker Awards Show and Party | Pendry San Diego

Sunday, October 20
Culinary Cinema | ArcLight Cinemas, Westfield UTC

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