With over 1,500 submissions from 55 countries, the festival program team will narrow it down to just over 100 films, comprising of a complex and worldly selection of works from filmmakers around the world. This year the festival introduces four new categories: Native American Voices, Action Sports, Family-Friendly, Music and Horror. Many films will premiere at the festival.
More than just an opportunity to see amazing cinematic works, the San Diego Film Festival is an interactive experience, with industry panels featuring leaders in Hollywood, interactive Q&A sessions and meet-and-greets with filmmakers, a filmmaker awards evening, and celebrity tributes. The 2013 festival featured a tribute to the works of Judd Apatow, director of “The 40 Year OId Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and many other top-billing modern comedies.
With showings in two locations, the historic Gaslamp Quarter and the new ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla in North County, the festival can reach a broader audience.
Standard passes allow access to five days of screenings at both locations, plus the opening night screening and the exciting after-party. VIP passes get additional perks, like advance access to screenings, plush VIP lounges with sumptuous appetizers washed down with beer and wine, and admission to the Celebrity Tribute night, a red-carpet event that attracts the biggest stars. Valet parking is also included.
Festival patrons receive all the benefits of a VIP pass, but also get perks throughout the year, like special screenings of new films before they hit the theaters. Higher-level sponsors can even get up close with celebrities and industry leaders at special events.