This extraordinary evening celebrates the imagination, passion and vision influencing cinematic excellence today and yesterday.
The San Diego International Film Festival honors some of the industry’s most accomplished actors, directors and filmmakers. Honorees from previous years include: Annette Bening, Judd Apatow, Kate Beckinsale, Alan Arkin, Geena Davis and Adrien Brody.
5:30pm: Red Carpet – Catch the stars walking the red carpet!
7:00pm: Show Begins
Grand Ballroom, Pendry San Diego
550 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
PATRICK STEWART is one of the most acclaimed and beloved performers working today, with numerous and varied roles on both stage and screen, earning Golden Globe, SAG, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. Though he is perhaps best known from his years on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, Stewart’s impressive list of credits spans more than 40 years and countless memorable roles, including recent acclaimed performances in LOGAN, GREEN ROOM, MATCH, and the Starz comedy BLUNT TALK. In 2010, he received a knighthood for his services to Drama. His philanthropic efforts include his support of Amnesty International and his role as a Patron of both Refuge and Combat Stress in the UK.
KUMAIL NANJIANI is a critically acclaimed actor, writer and comedian, best known for his role as ‘Dinesh’ on the award-winning HBO comedy series SILICON VALLEY, Nanjiani recently co-wrote THE BIG SICK, with his wife Emily V. Gordon. His many memorable comedic roles include the films, THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT, produced by Judd Apatow, SEX TAPE AND HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, and recently HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES and CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE. He appeared in the Warner Bros. comedy, FIST FIGHT, and will be heard voicing one of the ninja warriors in THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE.
HEATHER GRAHAM discovered her passion for acting at an early age and caught the attention of filmmakers with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant’s DRUGSTORE COWBOY. Graham went on to score unforgettable roles in the classic BOOGIE NIGHTS, AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME and starred opposite Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifinakis in THE HANGOVER. Currently, Graham is starring opposite Edie Falco in NBC’s LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS. Additionally, Graham has completed HALF MAGIC, a film she wrote, directed, produced and stars in. Her upcoming films include Dwight little’s THE LAST RAMPAGE and the noir drama WETLANDS.
TARAN KILLAM is best-known for his scene-stealing work on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. He is currently in production on Malcolm lee’s NIGHT SCHOOL opposite Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. Killam will be seen in KILLING GUNTHER which he wrote, directed, and starred in opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, and Bobby Moynihan. He was seen on stage as “King George III” in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit HAMILTON. Previous feature films include 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE HEAT, All NIGHTER, GROWN UPS 2, MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL, BIG FAT LIAR, JUST MARRIED, EPIC MOVIE, and BROTHER NATURE, which he co-wrote with Mikey Day.
BLAKE JENNER is one of Hollywood’s most exciting and versatile young actors. Jenner recently starred in the critically acclaimed feature THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN opposite Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson for legendary producer Jim Brooks and he led Richard Linklater’s feature EVERYBODY WANTS SOME. Audiences will next see Jenner star alongside Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning in SIDNEY HALL which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Recently, he completed AMERICAN ANIMALS opposite Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan, based on the true story of four young men who attempted one of the most audacious heists in u.S. history.