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How to Fest

AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL

TIPS FOR A FANTASTIC FESTIVAL! 

  • Pick up your badge before your first screening or event.
  • Pick up a program & map/schedule with your badge to use for reference.
  • Make sure you have reserved all of your screenings & events.
  • If you’re not sure what to see watch the trailers – HERE
  • Downtown Village – make a transportation plan. Get dropped off or choose where you are going to park. Shuttle service is available between Horton Plaza, Pendry San Diego and the ArcLight Cinema Thurs-Sun

Extra Reminders: 

REMEMBER to reserve your films and events early. Popular films and parties often sell-out. To guarantee you won’t be disappointed make your reservations as soon as possible.

PASS HOLDER PERKS: If you bought a pass take advantage of discounts & specials by flashing your pass. LEARN MORE

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: For a full list of films, panels and parties check out the schedule HERE

CONTACT US: We are here to help – info@sdfilmfest.com or 619.818.2221

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CAN’T MISS EVENTS!

Everyday at the Pendry Hotel: The Hangout Lounge at Fifth & Rose Bar 12pm – 9pm (Wed – Sun) is where to meet up with other festival goers. Have a drink, chat about films, hang-out with a filmmaker and maybe catch a glimpse of a celebrity. The Pendry San Diego is the place to stay & play during the festival.  

Panel Discussions – Filmmakers, actors and industry professionals will be discussing their latest films and projects, and sharing their thoughts about the creative filmmaking process. Don’t miss out on a chance to learn from some of the most fascinating and committed independent filmmakers. Friday-Saturday (Oxford Social Club, Pendry San Diego) 

Make your reservations early for our parties & events! 

New for 2017! – Branded Entertainment Track & Equestrian Films

FESTIVAL LOCATIONS

Main Box Office HQ
Badge Pick Up Location
Horton Plaza Mall – 3rd Floor
357 Horton Plaza #374, San Diego, CA 92101

Festival Downtown Theater Main Box Office HQ Hours
Wed 10/4 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thurs 10/5 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri 10/6 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 10/7 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sun 10/8 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Festival La Jolla Theater ArcLight Cinema Box Office Hours
Westfield UTC – 4425 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92122
Fri 10/6 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sat 10/7 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sun 10/8 10:00 am – 7:30 pm

Pendry San Diego Official Festival Headquarters:
550 J St. San Diego, CA 92101

Pendry Venues: 
The Hangout Lounge – Fifth & Rose Bar, 12pm – 9pm daily
VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute – Grand Ballroom, Enter on J St
Filmmaker Awards Show – Grand Ballroom, Enter on J St.
Panels – Oxford Social Club – Enter on 5th Ave.

Festival Downtown Theater: Regal Cinemas UA Horton Plaza 8
Horton Plaza 4th Floor, 475 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101

Festival La Jolla Theater: ArcLight Cinemas, Westfield UTC,
4425 La Jolla Village Dr. La Jolla, CA 92122

Opening Night Film: Balboa Theater
868 Fourth Ave, San Diego CA 92101

After Party: Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Ave 4th Floor, San Diego CA 92101

Friday Night Party with a Purpose
Horton Plaza Park, Corner of Broadway & 4th Ave, San Diego CA 92101

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PASSHOLDERS – What Next?

JUST FLASH YOUR PASS!

Your Badge gives you access to films, panels and events during the festival. To guarantee attendance you must FIRST reserve your festival films, panels and events online or at the box office.  Once you have reserved just FLASH YOUR PASS at the door to enter.

HOW TO RESERVE AND MANAGE YOUR SCHEDULE

ONLINE: Go to “Manage Schedule” online and reserve the films, panels or events  you would like to attend. You may also cancel or change your schedule. If you can’t attend a screening or event please remember to cancel so that someone else can have your spot.  

BOX OFFICE: During Box Office hours we can also assist you in person if you need to reserve or adjust your schedule.

Lost Badge: Please see a Box Office location to get your previous badge disabled and a new badge issued.

Festival Tip: What if the screening I want to see is sold out? Try the Rush Line, you can often get a seat.

WHICH LINE DO I STAND IN?

THEATER LINE ACCESS

PRIORITY LINE (VIP Passes and Patron Passes): If your badge has the word VIP or PATRON on it you can gain access to this line. The priority line entry is at the theater entrance door of where the film is screening.

GENERAL LINE (Fest Passes, Day Passes, and Tickets): General line access is outside of the theater doors on the outside of the building.  You will be let in after VIP and Patron Lines are let into the theater.

Pass holders and ticket holders MUST BE SEATED AT LEAST 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO SCHEDULED START TIME to guarantee entry. After this time, remaining seats will be released to the rush line.

RUSH LINE (Non-Reservations and Non-Ticket Holders): If you prefer not to reserve your film selections or buy a ticket in advance, you may still gain entrance to screenings by waiting in the films Rush Line. You will be seated on a first come, first served basis once all guests who have selected or purchased tickets for the film have been seated.

GETTING AROUND & LODGING

LODGING
Get Discounts on hotels in the San Diego area!

LODGING DISCOUNTS

PARKING
Check our map for parking options downtown.

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DOWNTOWN VALET
840 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101
Wednesday Oct 4 – 4:00pm-12:30am
Friday Oct 6 – 2:00pm-12:30am
Saturday Oct 7 – 9:00am-12:00am
Sunday Oct 8 – 9:00am-10:00pm
*Note Valet will be available Thursday Oct 5 – 2:00pm-11:30pm at the Pendry San Diego. Shuttle service will run between Horton Plaza & the Pendry San Diego

PENDRY SAN DIEGO VALET
Thursday Oct 5 – 2:00pm-11:30pm

ARCLIGHT CINEMA LA JOLLA VALET
In Front of Season’s 52
Friday Oct 6 – 3:00pm-10:00PM
Saturday Oct 7 – 11:00am-10:00Pm
Sunday Oct 8 – 10:00am-10:00pm

FESTIVAL SHUTTLES
Thurs, 10/4 – Su, 10/8
Shuttles from Downtown to La Jolla Daily every 30min
CLICK HERE FOR SHUTTLE SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

 

MORE QUESTIONS? CHECK OUT THE FESTIVAL FAQ

FAQ PAGE

PASSHOLDER PERKS

Another great reason to be a Passholder are the many Passholder Perks generously offered by many participating restaurants, bars and other establishments throughout San Diego villages. Simply show your Pass to redeem special offers during the week of the Festival. Click here. 

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

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