A New Perspective Can Change the World. Come Watch With Us.
The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent film circuit, with 200+ filmmakers gathering in San Diego to show their films every year. SDIFF celebrates film’s power to create empathy via new perspectives that emerge from powerful and compelling storytelling. The festival showcases great stories, fresh voices and diverse points of view from around the world. Our line up includes world-premiers, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of parties and events with the filmmakers themselves. Great film sparks great dialogue, which is why we’re dedicated to giving our audiences the unique opportunity to meet and ask questions of filmmakers after screenings, and informally meet-ups at a variety of parties and events. The festival culminates with the annual Night of the Stars Tribute – a glamorous event recognizing actors and filmmakers who have made a mark on the film industry, and the world, with their professional contributions.
The Power of Perspective. Come Watch With Us.
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.
Behind-the-Scenes Industry Access
Throughout the San Diego Intl Film Festival, you will have the opportunity to hear from filmmakers, actors, directors and deal makers. You’ll learn the backstory on why a film was produced, hear behind-the-scenes antics of the cast, and learn about the process of getting a film completed and distributed.
The VIP Festival Experience
Get a VIP Member Pass and enjoy the many benefits reserved exclusively for our VIPs. Perks include VIP advanced reservations and priority line access for films and events. Plus you'll get valet parking and access to VIP lounges where many of the filmmakers hang out.
The Best of SoCal
Combining the glitz and glam of Hollywood with the cool vibe of a relaxed beach city, San Diego is the home to this long-running film festival, now on its 18th year. From beautiful beaches and craft beer to award-winning farm-to-table restaurants and a hopping nightlife, San Diego offers endless opportunities for fun and excitement. Our downtown hub allows guests to attend a screening, walk to the afterparty, and grab a bite to eat in one of the many downtown restaurants. A short 15-minute drive will land you at ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla at Westfield UTC the home of film premieres, Equestrian track, American Indian track and the popular Culinary Cinema.