Festival Experience


Be A Part of the Scene

THE SAN DIEGO INTL FILM FESTIVAL is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDIFF offers a totally unique experience. Catch first time and veteran filmmakers as they debut their latest work to command the attention of new audiences and industry luminaries. You’ll also be among the first to see major studio premieres on the road to the Hollywood awards season. It’s five days to immerse yourself in quality films, parties, industry events and panels. Come join the festivities!


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Independent and Studio Premieres

With 2000+ submissions from independent filmmakers in 60 countries, you know the 100+ films that are selected for the San Diego Intl Film Festival are, literally, the best features, documentaries and shorts in the world.  In addition to seeing films before they are released, Q&A sessions with filmmakers after the screenings brings you into the creative process in a most personal way.

Past premieres en route to awards include:

  • 2016 – Lion, Denial, Julieta, Hell or Hight Water, Hidden Figures, Captain Fantastic and Trespass Against Us
  • 2015 – Room and He Named Me Malala
  • 2014 – The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Wild, Mr. Turner, St. Vincent and The Good Lie
  • 2013 – 12 Years a Slave, The German and August: Osage County 
  • 2012 – Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Quartet

Behind the Scenes Access to the Entertainment Industry

Throughout the San Diego Intl Film Festival, you will have the opportunity to hear from filmmakers, actors, directors and deal makers. You’ll learn the backstory on why a film was produced or the behind the scenes antics of the cast or the struggles of getting distribution deals.

  • VARIETY’s Night of the Stars Tribute
  • Exclusive Q&A and Panel Sessions
  • Mix and Mingle with Industry Experts
  • Connect with Filmmakers from Around the World

A Truly VIP Experience

Your VIP All Access Pass has got you covered for all of the films, panels and parties for the 2017 San Diego Intl Film Festival.  But wait … there’s more!

  • Valet parking
  • VIP lounges with complimentary drinks, cocktails & snacks
  • VIP Priority Line Access for all films and events means no waiting in long lines
  • VIP Advanced Reservations for films & events

They Don’t Call Us America’s Finest City for Nothing

Imagine the Hollywood glitz and glam with the cool vibe of San Diego.  No matter how busy the Festival keeps you, take a look around and enjoy all that beautiful San Diego has to offer. With two Festival Villages, you can enjoy legendary La Jolla’s scenic coastal community one day and the excitement of  downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter the next.

Join Us Oct 4 – Oct 8, 2017
at the San Diego Int’l Film Festival

Enjoy the Lowest Prices of the Year!

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