October 15 – 20, 2019

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

Be Part of the Scene

Opening Night

2019 Passes - WINTER SALE

The Best Holiday Pass for a Film Lover! Buy before January 13th for the discounted rate!

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Film Insider Series

Attend events February - July! Screenings, Q&A's and receptions!

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Awards Viewing Party

Walk the red carpet and watch the Awards Show in style! Join us and enjoy signature dishes from San Diego’s premier chefs as you sip elegantly crafted cocktails.

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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FOCUS on Impact High School Film Tour

Learn more about our High School Program!

Filmmaker Awards Show


Submissions open January 7th. Submit during the Early-bird Pricing!

Latest From


  • Haven’t been able to see A Star Is Born before the Awards season? Come see it with us on January 17th @theatreboxsd and Q&A with Producer Billy Gerber! Reception with wine, beer and @thesugarfactory dessert included in ticket! Use our $10 off SDiFF discount code: URASTAR$10 ... Hope to see you there! 🍷🎬🎟 to purchase: https://bit.ly/2AwWNRH
  • SAVE the Date! San Diego International Film Festival Oct 15-20, 2019. The perfect gift to give or get our Holiday Pass Sale provides the best price you will see on our passes. Treat yourself or that special someone with the gift of film! 
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  • The 2019 #GoldenGlobe nominations recognized several @sdfilmfest film selections! Including Can You Ever Forgive Me? (@moviemantz) predicated the nomination of Melissa McCarthy at our Opening Night screening of this  sharp, dramatic film. The Favourite, Blackklansman and Boy Erased also came away with nominations. 
Check out the full list @variety or @entertainmentweekly or…lots of other places and let us know who you are rooting for and who you wish made the list in the comments.
  • SAVE THE DATE and join us for the 5th annual #SDFilmFest Awards Party on February 24, 2019! Walk the Red Carpet and Watch the Awards Show in Style! 💃🏻 Stay tuned for more details 😉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • Release the Power of Film at Twice the Impact and help us make a difference through film! DOUBLE YOUR GIFT TO THE SAN DIEGO FILM FOUNDATION - All donations received by November 15, 2018 will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous grant from the Nemeth Foundation. Visit https://sdfilmfest.com/san-diego-film-foundation/ to donate today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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