October 15 – 20, 2019

The power of perspective.

Come watch with us.


Festival Passes - Choose Your Experience

Experience the power of film.

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Special Hotel Offers

Receive special rates and discounts with our preferred hotel partners.


Opening Night | Oct 15

Film premiere and after party!

Party With A Purpose

How to Fest

From where to park to key locations, all the details you need.

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Festival Schedule

Get a ticket to our events from Opening Night Film & Afterparty to Night of the Stars Tribute!

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FOCUS on Impact High School Film Tour

Learn more about our High School Program!

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  • Kick off the 2019 Festival with an unforgettable opening night on October 15, 2019! We’ll have a red carpet rolled out for our filmmakers and honorees, then settle into your seat in the elegant and historical Balboa Theatre for @jojorabbitmovie! The film was a huge hit at the Toronto Film Festival, where director #TaikaWaititi won the TIFF Ebert Director Award. After the film, join us at @parqsd for the After Party, with live music with @liquidblueband, delicious bites from our sponsors and a no-host bar!
  • We all have a superhero inside of us: it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy's case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero, Shazam! 
Join us at @catamaranresortsandiego for Movies on the Bay, FREE weekly screenings right on the sand!
  • Enjoy refreshments, cocktails and snacks from our sponsors, and mingle with filmmakers and other film lovers in our VIP Lounges! We’re returning to beautiful Arclight La Jolla, and it’s our first year in the brand new Theatrebox in Downtown! There’s tons of perks that come with the Pass: check out what else is included by visiting the passes and tickets page on our website!
  • Don’t forget to buy your #SDFilmFest pass TODAY! 🎟 Last chance to save on Festival passes. Prices increase on Thursday 9/12 at midnight. Save $$$ on the Fest Pass, VIP Member Pass, Weekend VIP Pass, and Weekend Fest Pass! (Link in bio) And don’t forget to check out the film schedule & program that was just released!
  • Get a new perspective when you catch groundbreaking Independent films! See premieres before they hit the big screen, meet filmmakers at some of San Diego’s hottest spots, and so much more await you this year at the San Diego International Film Festival. Our 2019 Film Schedule has been announced with 100+ Films in Gala, Spotlight, Narrative, Documentary, and Short Selections. Stay tuned for more announcements— we’re just getting started!

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