A new perspective can change the world

Patron Circle Membership

Give voice to International Filmmakers

San Diego Intl Film Festival Channel

Curated monthly screenings with Filmmaker Q&As. Exclusive benefit of MySDFilmFest membership.


FOCUS on Impact Educational Film Tour

Engaging high school students throughout San Diego County with social impact documentaries and discussions.

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San Diego Intl ShortsFest (May 14-16)

Celebrating short films, panels and Filmmakers from around the world.


20th Annual San Diego Intl Film Festival (October 14-24)

Eleven days of features, documentaries, shorts, panels and Filmmakers.

International Film > Global Perspectives > Human Connections > Empathy > Solutions

Filmmakers are passionate about telling stories that matter to them.  As a result, independent films span an endless array of topics.  Film Festivals allow those films to be seen and those voices heard.  Watching independent films from Filmmakers around the world gives us perspectives different from our own experiences.

The Patron Circle has always been critical to the mission of the San Diego International Film Festival.  The generous support of our Patrons has allowed us to re-imagine last year’s Festival and plan the most comprehensive offering of films in our history in 2021.


San Diego International Film Festival Patrons enjoy benefits, access and recognitions throughout the year including the exclusive Encore Series events.
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FOCUS On Impact Film Education Program

In partnership with the San Diego County Unified School District (SDUSD) and the San Diego County Board of Education (SDBOE) the FOCUS on Impact Educational Film Tour helps to prepare the leaders of tomorrow with film screenings, discussions with Filmmakers, and curriculum on social impact topics such as homelessness, immigration, environmental sustainability and more.

Festival Channel

Jan - Dec, 2021

This is your access to international features 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 feature a feature film or documentary and a short, as well as a Q&A or Panel with the Filmmakers and/or other influentials. Films will debut online the third Thursday in the Festival’s Virtual Village. Access to the Channel is an exclusive benefit to MySDFilmFest members.

San Diego International ShortsFest

May 14 - 17, 2021

Because we just can’t wait til October, we’ve created the San Diego International ShortsFest to debut this May! We’re 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 online in the Festival Virtual Village for three days of international short films, Q&As, networking and panels representing the very best in cinematic storytelling.

San Diego International Film Festival

October 14 - 24, 2021

San Diego International Film Festival will be held this year on October 14 - 24, 2021. We are so excited to announce we are extending the festival to 11 days! Add to your calendar the dates because it will be filled with features, documentaries and short films that will make you laugh, cry and think. Then join us in our Festival Virtual Village, we have an Event Center and a Café so you can settle in and listen to our industry Panel discussions or chat live with Filmmakers from around the world.