Oct 14 – 24, 2021

October 14 - 24, 2021

Festival Experience

The San Diego International Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary season will be celebrating film throughout San Diego.

Join us in Balboa Park at MOPA, in Mission Bay at The Catamaran Resort, Downtown San Diego on board the USS Midway and Online in the Festival’s Virtual Village …

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Thurs, Oct 14 | Opening Night Premiere @ MOPA in Balboa Park

Thurs, Oct 14th | Festival Attendees will gather to celebrate film at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Enjoy a pre-screening cocktail party, followed by a film premiere and Q&A and post reception.

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Fri, Oct 15 | Screenings @ MOPA in Balboa Park

Fri, Oct 15th | The party will continue at MOPA for a full day of screenings and filmmaker Q&A's.

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Sat, Oct 16 | Screenings @ San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park

Sat, Oct 16th | Join us at the San Diego Museum of Art for film screenings and Q&A’s with filmmakers from all over the world, then end the day by exploring the museum.

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Sun, Oct 17 | Screenings & Culinary Cinema @ Catamaran Mission Bay

Sun, Oct 17th | Experience the Festival at Catamaran Resort all day. Screenings with Q&A's, fest lounge, Culinary Cinema food inspired by renowned Chefs and wine tastings, and then to wrap the day dig your toes in the sand at Movies on the Bay.

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Sat, Oct 23 | Screening & Reception Aboard USS Midway Downtown SD

Sat, Oct 23rd | Join us for a pre-screening cocktail party aboard the USS Midway followed by a premiere screening of a powerful military film and Q&A with Filmmakers. In partnership with RTAG, a veteran run organization that helps veterans find employment.

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Oct 15 - 24 | Virtual Film Festival Screenings and Q&A's

Oct 15 - 24th | 80+ Features, Docs and Shorts will be available on demand in the Festival Virtual Village for 10 days with pre-recorded Q&As. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with a screening party in the comfort of your own home!

SDFilmFest at 20 – Celebrating Throughout San Diego

Hello Fellow Film Lovers!

As we hurdle into the second half of 2021, the San Diego International Film Festival is feeling quite celebratory!

Earlier this year, we launched our SDFilmFest Channel — featuring monthly film screenings with Filmmaker Q&As. And last month we launched the first ever San Diego Intl ShortsFest — a true celebration of the Short Film genre. Thanks to the Festival’s Virtual Village, we were able to bring together almost a hundred Filmmakers from around the world.

This October, we’re looking forward to celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the San Diego Intl Film Festival with a hybrid of both virtual and in-person screenings and events. While features, documentaries and shorts will be available on demand in the Festival Virtual Village, we are excited to announce in-person events and screenings at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay and the USS Midway!

Stay tuned for details, and please mark your calendars and plan on joining us from Thursday, October 14th through Sunday, October 24th for 11 days of movie magic!

TonyaimageAnd as we look forward to our 20th Anniversary, we also celebrate those who have believed in us and continue to support the San Diego Intl Film Festival and our mission of providing new perspectives through the experience of film.

We’re excited that very soon we can truly say … see you at the movies!

— Tonya Mantooth, CEO/Artistic Director

Attending the 2021 Film Festival

You have the choice between virtual and in-person passes this year! The Virtual Pass will give you access to 10 days 80+ virtual screenings and Q&A's from the comfort of your own home. The Fest Pass & VIP Pass will give you access to all in-person events throughout the festival. To learn more about each pass visit our Pass page. Additionally, there are ticket options for each event.

VIP Experience

As a VIP you will have access to all in-person events. Additionally you will have reserved seating at all theater locations, access to the lounges and complimentary alcohol in the Festival Lounges. VIP's will also be invited to a Private Cocktail Party at our Military Screening and Party aboard the USS Midway in Downtown San Diego. Join us in October as a VIP!

October 14 - 24, 2021

Virtual & In-Person Passes On Sale Now

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