OCTOBER 18 – 22, 2023

Oct 15 - 18, 2020

Festival Experience: 2020 Re-Imagined

The Power of Perspective. Online and at the Drive-In Movies.

SD Intl Film Festival Virtual Village

Join us in the Virtual Village where you’ll find 3 Theaters for both live streaming and on demand films, an Event Center and a Café for live chats with Filmmakers from around the world!


Festival Drive-In Movies @ Westfield UTC

At the COVID appropriate Festival Drive-In Movies @ Westfield UTC, you’ll enjoy films on the big screen the old-fashioned way! We’re transforming the Westfield UTC parking lot into the perfect spot for Drive-In Movies.


Pass Options

The fabulous films of the San Diego Intl Film Festival are more accessible than ever! Choose what works best for you! 4 Day and 1 Day Passes to the Festival Virtual Village or the Festival Drive-In Movies – or both!


2020 Film Line-Up

We may have re-imagined how we watch films in 2020, but we haven’t compromised on the caliber of films we present! With over 3000 submissions from more than 65 countries around the world, we’ve curated the 70 best just for you!

Virtual Festival 3

Interactive Q&A’s / Panel Discussions

In the Festival Virtual Village, we have an Event Center and a Café so you can settle in and listen to our industry Panel discussions or chat live with Filmmakers from around the world.


Unique Film Tracks

Film Tracks Include: Equestrian, Social Impact, Environmental, Military and much more!

The 2020 Re-Imagined San Diego International Film Festival

The San Diego International Film Festival is beyond proud to present the re-imagined 2020 Festival featuring two new (for us) ways to share with you the outstanding films that have been curated from around the world – the Festival Virtual Village and the Festival Drive-In Movies!  

This year, we’ve programmed more than 70 outstanding films including features, documentaries and shorts.  This Festival celebrates film’s power to create empathy via new perspectives that emerge from powerful and compelling storytelling from fresh voices and diverse points of view. 

Here’s hoping our new Virtual Village will allow you to see even more of these great films from the comfort of your own home!  And hopefully, you’ll join us at the Festival Drive-In Movies as well!

The Power of Perspective. Online and At The Drive-In Movies.

Film Premieres

The San Diego Intl Film Festival receives thousands of film submissions from independent filmmakers from around the world. We narrow that field with a detailed film selection process to ensure that the 100+ films selected are the very best independent features, documentaries, and short films in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy these films before they are released to the general public. After each screening, filmmakers will discuss their creative process, giving you an inside look at how their films were made.

Virtual Film Festival Experience

Re-Imagining the 2020 Film Festival by transforming our theaters into a virtual world. We are offering 4 experiences: 3 virtual theaters and one drive-in theater at UTC, plus you can interact with others film aficionados at the Virtual Filmmaker Cafe and listen to live Q&A's from the filmmakers themselves. Choose a Virtual Pass for the 2020 Festival that best suits you! From a All-Access Virtual Pass to a 24 Hour Pass.

Drive-In Movies at Westfield UTC

Drive-In Movies are back big time! And they’re cropping up all around the world as the preferred 2020 version of watching films on the big screen! In partnership with Westfield UTC, San Diego’s ultimate shopping and leisure experience, we’re transforming the parking lot into the perfect spot for Drive-In Movies.

Interactive Q&A/ Panel Discussions

In our virtual world you will have an opportunity to chat with other festival goers, filmmakers and industry members. Watch the Q&A from films and view panel discussions throughout the festival week!

October 15-18, 2020



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