Press FAQ


San Diego Film Festival Basics

When and where is the San Diego International Film Festival?

The 2017 San Diego International Film Festival is October 4 – 8th. The San Diego International Film Festival is located in two separate villages: La Jolla ArcLight and the Downtown Gaslamp District.

What is the San Diego International Film Festival?

For five fun-filled days, the San Diego International Film Festival presents the best in independent filmmaking, offering extraordinary indies and first looks at studio films vying for the Academy Awards, as well as panel discussions with filmmakers that will inspire, entertain, educate, and stimulate conversation among film lovers. The Film Festival also includes VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute, a celebrity-studded award ceremony, themed film tracks, nightly parties, red carpets, Culinary Cinema, and Filmmaker Awards.

Press & Industry Credentials

How do I apply for a press credential?

Please fill out the Press Credential Application. All media are required to apply for press credentials, and if approved, you will have the opportunity for complimentary access to all screenings and panels.

How do I apply for an industry credential?

Please fill out the application here:

When will I find out if I am approved for a press credential?

You will find out on September 15th if you have been approved.

What is the deadline to apply for a press credential?

The deadline to apply is Sept 5th.

The press credential deadline has passed. What do I do?

We will do our best to process your request, but since it is past the deadline it may take longer. We appreciate your patience and understanding

I want to bring my significant other/friend/publisher/ad rep/ pet to the Film Festival. Are they eligible for a press credential?

Press credentials are for accredited members of editorial media only. Guests of the press may purchase passes or tickets to all events by visiting Passes and Tickets.

Will my information be given to filmmakers and their PR representatives?

There is an option on the Press Credential Application where you can specify if you would like your contact information shared with filmmakers and their PR representatives.

Press Information

How do I get added to the list to receive media information about the San Diego International Film Festival?

To get added to the list, please email us.

May I get a press kit?

Yes! Our festival filmmakers have put together press materials for you to use. This will be supplied on September 15th when accepted.

How do I request an interview with a Film Festival spokesperson?

To request an interview, please email us.

When will films be announced? When will attending celebrities, filmmakers, etc. be announced?

The schedule/program will be officially announced September 1. A select few events with celebrities, filmmakers, etc. may be announced at the end of August. Please see above to be added to the media information list.

How do I get access to screeners?

Select screeners will be available to the press prior to the San Diego International Film Festival for article and reviews. The links will be given on a case by case basis by the PR team to media approved for press credentials.

How do I get high-res photos? B-Roll?

Please go to the Image Gallery to download high-res photos of prior San Diego International Film Festival events. For San Diego International Film Festival B-Roll, please email us.

Attending the San Diego Film Festival

When/how will I get my press badge?

Your press badge will be available at the press check-in location that will be emailed to you prior to the festival. There you will receive your badge and your press packet with important information on festival events. If you are having any issues, please email us.

How do I gain access into the film screenings? Panels? Award Ceremonies? Parties?

For each film screening and panel, there will be a clearly marked Press line that will allow you into the event 15 minutes before starting. The Press Line closes five minutes before the event so your prompt attendance is required.
Information about access to all other events, parties, reservations etc. will be provided with your approved press badge.

How do I request celebrity/filmmaker interview before or during the Film Festival?

Industry media should contact Jenny Bloom at Prodigy Public Relations. They will then process your request and let you know if it has been approved.

Will there be a press room?

Yes, there will be a press and media room where you can relax and handle any important online correspondence you have during the festival. The location will be given to you prior to the Film Festival.

May I take photos/videos at the Film Festival? May I post on social media during the Film Festival?

Yes, we hope you do!
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