San Diego Film Foundation

Making A Difference Through Film

Creating Empathy In A Complex World….

 The San Diego Film Foundation (SDFF) is dedicated to making a difference through film. We believe that film can be transformative and we are bound together through human connection. Our mission is to use film to explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, to encourage self-reflection, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world. 

A 501c.3. the San Diego Film Foundation brings the finest independent cinematic storytelling from around the world to San Diego each year. We present films that make a difference through a robust variety of events and programs including:

  • The San Diego International Film Festival (Oct 2018)
  • FOCUS on Impact Film Tour  for highschool students (Spring 2018)
  • Film Insider Screenings (Feb-July, 2018)
  • Industry Insider Series (Patrons Only)
  • And The Award Goes To…Oscar Awards Viewing Party Annual Gala (March 4, 2018

Plus a variety of community and private events throughout the year

SDFF Initiatives

Each year the SDFF focuses on topical initiatives that help guide the content presented through the San Diego International Film Festival, educational programs and all of our community and private screenings.

  • Social Impact
  • Military Life
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Native American Life
  • Women in Film

Beyond the Red Carpet…Support the San Diego Film Foundation 

Play a leading role in bringing independent filmmaking to San Diego and join us as we provide opportunities to our community to build empathy and connection. We welcome both Individual and Corporate Donors to our Patron Circle. Patron Circle supporters enjoy an elevated Festival experience with perks and benefits throughout the year reserved just for them!  

Join the Patron Circle!


Contact Vice President of Development, Merridee Book at 619.778.0848 or Email

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Doren and Mark McClure

Jan and Richard Hunter*
Margarita Inserni
Kelley and Dr. David Kupfer
Sharon Rose

Producer Circle
Elaine and Mark Allyn
Elsa and Stephen Mickelsen
Barbara & Dr. Howard Milstein
Ludvina and Sonny Nevarez*
Karen and Rick Noble
Sherry & David Winkler
May Zawaideh

Director Circle
Brian and Silvija Devine
Marlee Ehrenfeld
Deborah Falk
Karen Fox*
Tracy Fredricks
Molly & Dennis Fredrickson
Taylor Miller
Mikki Nooney
Stanley Family Foundation
Kathryn Vaughn
Dr. Steve and Lynne Wheeler

*Founding Patron

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