Be a Part of the Scene
THE SAN DIEGO INTL FILM FESTIVAL is our region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit.
The San Diego International Film Festival offers a totally unique film experience including world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers. Last year, thousands of film lovers joined us at several great locations including downtown’s Balboa Theatre (Opening Night film premiere), at Regal Cinemas UA Horton Plaza, ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla, Music Box and at our Festival HQ at the beautiful Pendry San Diego.
Be Part of the Scene.
The San Diego Intl Film Festival receives thousands of film submissions from independent filmmakers spanning from around the globe. We narrow that field with a detailed film selection process to ensure that the 120+ 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, or understand the struggles of getting distribution deals.
The VIP Festival Experience
The complete VIP experience. Enjoy the many benefits reserved exclusively for our VIP pass holders. 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 17th 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, the home for many film premieres, Our Equestrian film track, and the delicious Culinary Cinema.