October 10 – 14, 2018

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See it First. Party Like a Star. Celebrate the Best.

Opening Night

Opening Night Film & After Party - Oct 10th

From the red carpet to the opening night film, to post-screening celebrity interviews and an after party that sets downtown on fire. The San Diego International Film Festival kicks off with a bang!

Film Tracks And Panels

Festival Schedule

Films and special guests announced August 28th!

Variety Night Of The Stars

Night of the Stars Tribute - Oct 11th

This extraordinary evening celebrates the imagination, passion and vision influencing cinematic excellence today and yesterday.

Party With A Purpose

Festival Experience

From red carpets to film premieres to celebrity sightings get all the details on the 2018 Festival!

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How to Fest

How to have a FANTASTIC Festival. Details on where to go, how to park and special perks!

Events Night Of The Stars

Press & Industry Credentials

Press and industry credentials registration closes September 21st.

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Festival Passes On Sale Now

5 Day | Weekend | Day Passes

VIP Fest Pass

Want it all? Get a VIP pass and get the star treatment! Includes full access to all parties, screenings, panels and events, plus enjoy the VIP Lounges, and more!
$550 500

Fest Pass

5-day access to all film screenings, panels and more! This is for filmgoers that love movies and want to immerse themselves in the Festival.
$300 150

Day Passes

Can only attend one day? Get 1-day access to all film screenings and panels for the day of your choosing! Choose to attend Friday, Saturday or Sunday!
$75 275
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  • EQUESTRIAN FILM: GOLDEN GENES ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
San Diego has one of the largest horse communities in the country. So we love horses and we love horse films! 🐎 Don’t miss our Equestrian Film Track Golden Genes on Oct 13 & 14 at 12:00 PM, exclusively at @ArclightCinemas La Jolla! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In Golden Genes, Annette van Trigt followed leading breeders of Grand Prix horses around for 3 years. What is their secret? How do they do it? Big Star from North Holland, bred by Cees Klaver, went on to win Olympic gold in 2016, with Nick Skelton from the UK in the saddle. Semen from a champion horse is worth more than gold as it could potentially produce millions, but that is also a double-edged sword. Which is better, a gold medal winner or a horse with Golden Genes? You can only have one of the two. This documentary shows the painful dualism involved. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • GALA FILM: @TheFavouriteMovie ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Love a period piece drama? Then don’t miss @TheFavouriteMovie on October 13 at 5:00 PM in Regal Theater! Gorgeous costumes, fascinating story and starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Favourite takes place in early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • GALA FILM: EVERYBODY KNOWS ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Don’t miss @EverybodyKnowsMovie at #SDFilmFest on October 12 at 6:30pm in @ArclightCinemas La Jolla! Directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film follows Laura on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • Opening Night Film ANNOUNCED: CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Join us on Weds Oct 10th for the Opening Night Film Premiere of @CANYOUEVERFORGIVEME starring Melissa McCarthy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Directed by Marielle Heller, Can You Ever Forgive Me? tells a story of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After the film premiere, enjoy a complimentary shuttle with MIB Transportation from the Balboa Theatre to the @OMNIASanDiego! Reserve your spot NOW with a Festival Pass or ticket.  https://sdfilmfest.com/opening-night-film-and-afterparty ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • FOREIGN: Supa Modo ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We are so excited to screen the premiere of SUPA MODO! From Kenya SUPA MODO is part of our Foreign Film track.  Directed by Likarion Wainaina, Supa Modo is a story of a young girl whose dream of becoming a superhero is threatened by terminal illness, inspiring her village to rally together to make her dream come true. Join us on Oct 11 at 3:15pm in Regal UA Horton to see this heart warming film! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Reserve now with your festival pass.  Watch the trailer and get tickets at  https://secure.sdiff.com/f/passes-2018/supa-modo ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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