Film buffs are in for a real treat at the San Diego Film Festival 2013. Expect 120 feature films, documentaries, and short films from which to choose including subjects as diverse as surfing, cerebral palsy, and science fiction. It's a veritable smorgasbord of cinematic delights over five days, so be sure to pace yourself. Here's a tasty sampling of what you might see: A personal film about Mariel Hemingway titled Running from Crazy, which focuses on the actress's famous family. Another huge highlight is the Tribute to Judd Apatow, the director and producer of hit movies like This is 40 and Knocked Up. He'll receive the Visionary Filmmaker Award at the Oct. 3 gala.
Two Locations, Discount Prices
The San Diego Film Festival boasts not one but two Film Villages, one in the Gaslamp Quarter and the other in La Jolla's new ArcLight Cinemas. Festivalgoers will find a wide variety of choices, including major premieres, independent film screenings, industry panels, and interactive question-and-answer sessions. Passes to the Festival are $60 for a one-day pass, $195 for a 5-day pass, and $350 for a VIP Pass (these are advance sale prices, which increase to $75. $250, and $500). Passes get you into panels, Q & A sessions, and screenings. The VIP Pass includes valet parking, access to all VIP Lounges, the Judd Apatow reception, exclusive parties, and more. There are also individual tickets available, a $2,500 Patron Pass, and a student discount.