OCTOBER 18 – 22, 2023

A New Perspective Can Change The World.

San Diego Film Foundation

A new perspective can change the world….

 The San Diego Film Foundation is dedicated to providing new perspective 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 18-22, 2023)
  • FOCUS on Impact Film Tour for high school students (Spring & Fall)
  • Film Insider Series (Patrons Only)

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

The Power of Perspective…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 watch new perspective and make connections. 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

We believe new perspectives can change the world.  Patrons enjoy an elevated Festival experience and play a leading role in making a difference through film.

A Special Thank You to Our

Patron Circle

Co-Founders Circle

Patti Judd     Kevin Leap     Tonya Mantooth     Dale Strack


Jan and Richard Hunter *

Ludvina and Sonny Nevarez *

Sharon Rose


Brian and Silvija Devine

Karen Fox *

Valerie Quick


Margot and Dennis Doucette

Molly and Dennis Fredrickson

Dwight and Cheryl Gould

Patti Judd and Bob Salt

Robert Kenyon

Kelley and David Kupfer

Cindy and John Klinedinst

Kevin Leap

Stephen & Elsa Mickelsen

Karen and Rick Noble

Gan & Suzan Shaanan

Dale Strack

Peck Voll Family Foundation

Lynne and Dr. Steve Wheeler

Sherry and David Winkler

May Zawaideh


Davis Reed Construction

Arlene Esgate

Paul Kim

Felicity Mudgett

Mikki Nooney

Jennifer Thomas

* Founding Patron