"It’s been great to see the San Diego Film Festival’s growth and increasing importance over the past few years. Our Variety’s Night of the Stars event at the Festival has become a terrific early Awards Season showcase that raises the visibility of important filmmakers and key films in serious contention for major honors."
"This Festival is unique – you meet the stars up close and personal, and experience an astonishing array of films from all over the world. It is a celebration of movie making from every angle and perspective in a gorgeous setting!"
FILM INSIDER SERIES
VIP Screenings March - July 2020
Watch a film that is on its festival run and before it hits the big screen or out in distribution. The films provide an opportunity for lively post-screening conversations and often include discussions with the filmmakers or actors. A pre-screening cocktail party and post-screening reception with champagne and dessert are included.
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Mingle with Hollywood's Most Creative Filmmakers
We are very proud to have hosted some of the film industries most celebrated and creative talents. Past film Premieres include: Jojo Rabbit, The Irishman, Marriage Story, A Hidden Life, Parasite, Motherless Brooklyn, Clemency, Can you Ever Forgive Me?, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Widows, The Favorite, Wildlife, Lion, Call Me By Your Name, Marshall, Imitation Game, Wild, 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County, Silver Linings Playbook.
Join us for more fun after binge watching the best films in the world.
Opening night kicks off with a bang and an after-party, Thursday night get star struck at the Night of the Stars Tribute, Friday Night it’s on to a party under the stars, see who takes home the awards at the Filmmakers Awards Show & party on Saturday night and roll into Culinary Cinema on Sunday with delicious bites from top chef’s paired with a foodie film.
Celebrate the best films on the festival circuit.
We recognize the films and filmmakers with Night of the Stars Tribute and our Filmmaker Awards. Night of the Stars Tribute includes: Gregory Peck Award of Excellence in Cinema, Cinema Vanguard Award, Rising Star Award, and Auteur Award. Previous attendees and honorees include: Judd Apatow, Annette Benning, Sir Patrick Stewart, Kate Beckinsale, Kumail Nanjiani, Alan Arkin, Geena Davis, Adrien Brody, Simon Helberg, Michelle Monaghan, John Boyega, Eli Roth…the list goes on.