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“What brings us together is the human connection, and film can be the catalyst to start the conversation.”

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Become a Patron and support the San Diego Film Foundation throughout the year. A 501c.3 organization, the San Diego Film Foundation oversees programs including the renowned San Diego International Film Festival and the FOCUS on Impact Film Tour, an educational program that introduces thousands of students each year to the power of perspective and storytelling through film. We invite you to join the Patron Circle and support the power of film to change the world.

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Give back to your community by supporting our Film Foundation in support of the student FOCUS on Impact Program.


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San Diego International Film Festival

2023 TBD

The 22nd Annual San Diego International Film Festival (dates TBD). Red carpet, star-studded Night of the Stars Tribute Gala, Culinary Cinema, Filmmaker Awards Show and Party and in-person parties, panels and networking events.. Film Lovers will enjoy Features, Documentaries and Short Films representing the very best in cinematic storytelling, with specially curated tracks such as the Women in Film, Military films, Native American Experience, and more! Get the conversation started with compelling Social Impact Films and Panels showcasing Filmmakers from around the world.

Focus on Impact

How We Make A Difference With Film Our growing FOCUS ON IMPACT Film program works to enhance academic engagement with dynamic film screenings, in-person discussions with working filmmakers, and opportunities for students to attend the San Diego International Film Festival, submit student films to the Festival and to create video projects and receive feedback. FOCUS applies a holistic approach to learning–emphasizing creativity, critical thinking and a shared film experience that impacts students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and subject areas.

Festival Channel

JOIN US EVERY MONTH FOR A FILM SCREENING ON OUR FESTIVAL CHANNEL. This is your access to international features, shorts and documentaries curated by Tonya Mantooth, San Diego International Film Festival CEO/Artistic Director. In keeping with the Festival’s mission, selected films will provide perspectives designed to start conversations on topics that illuminate our shared humanity. Each month will showcase a film as well as a Q&A or Panel with the Filmmakers and/or other influentials.

San Diego International ShortsFest

May 2023

The San Diego International ShortsFest is presented each May because we’re such big fans of short films! It’s amazing how much storytelling and creativity can be packed into a film that's just 5 to 30 minutes long! Join us for three days of international short films, Q&As, networking and panels on demand representing the very best in cinematic storytelling.

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