October 15 – 20, 2019

Beyond the Red Carpet

San Diego Film Foundation

Creating Empathy In A Complex World….

 The San Diego Film Foundation is dedicated to creating empathy through the experience of film. We believe that film can be transformative and we are bound together through human connection. Our mission is to use the experience of film to explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world.

A 501c.3. the San Diego Film Foundation brings the finest independent cinematic storytelling from around the world to San Diego each year. We present films that make a difference through a robust variety of events and programs including:

  • The San Diego International Film Festival (October 15-20, 2019)
  • FOCUS on Impact Film Tour  for high school students (Spring & Fall)
  • Film Insider Screenings (Feb-July, 2019)
  • Industry Insider Series (Patrons Only)
  • Awards Viewing Party Annual Gala (February 24, 2019)

Plus a variety of community and private events throughout the year.

SDFF Initiatives

The San Diego Film Foundation focuses on topical initiatives that help guide the content presented through the San Diego International Film Festival, our FOCUS On Impact educational programs and all of our community and private screenings.

  • American Indian Stories
  • Environmental
  • Military
  • Social Impact
  • Women in Film

Beyond the Red Carpet…Support the San Diego Film Foundation

Play a leading role in bringing independent filmmaking to San Diego and join us as we provide opportunities to our community to build empathy and connection. We welcome both Individual and Corporate Donors to our Patron Circle. Patron Circle supporters enjoy an elevated Festival experience with perks and benefits throughout the year reserved just for them!

Join the Patron Circle

Enjoy an elevated Festival experience and help play a leading role in making a difference through film.

A Special Thank You to Our

2019 Patron Circle

Co-Founders Circle

Patti Judd     Kevin Leap     Tonya Mantooth     Dale Strack


Ludvina and Sonny Nevarez *

Sharon Rose


Jan and Richard Hunter *

Doren and Mark McClure


Elaine and Mark Allyn

Myra Bishop-Ward

Brian and Silvija Devine

Margot and Dennis Doucette

Molly and Dennis Fredrickson

Margarita Inserni

Cindy and John Klinedinst

Elsa and Stephen Mickelsen

Barbara and Dr. Howard Milstein

Karen and Rick Noble

Peck Voll Family Foundation

Lynne and Dr. Steve Wheeler

Sherry and David Winkler


Marlee Ehrenfeld

Karen Fox *

Taylor Miller

Mikki Nooney

Stanley Family Foundation

Lisa Sullivan

Melissa and Stephen White

* Founding Patron