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SDiFF Announces Annette Bening as the Gregory Peck Award Recipient


– Festival to kick off this year from September 28th to October 2nd –  

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 13, 2016) – The San Diego International Film Festival (SDiFF), produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced today that iconic actress Annette Bening will be the recipient of the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema. The award will be presented Sept 29th at The Night of the Stars Tribute at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, CA. Now in its 15th year, the San Diego International Film Festival will run from September 28th through October 2nd in San Diego, CA. The most up to date festival program is available at www.sdiff.com.

Annette Bening is a four-time Academy Award® nominee, two-time Golden Globe-winner, and two-time recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award. She will next be seen on screen in Mike Mills’ 20th CENTURY WOMEN, in Michael Mayer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play THE SEAGULL, and in Warren Beatty’s RULES DON’T APPLY. In 2011, Bening starred in Focus Features’ critical and commercial sensation THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. Her role as Nic earned her a Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle award, as well as Oscar®, Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit nominations in the Best Actress category. Bening also starred in the critically acclaimed film AMERICAN BEAUTY, for which she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a BAFTA Award, and received both an Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. For her role in BEING JULIA, Bening won the Golden Globe and the National Board of Review Award and received an Oscar® and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

“Annette Bening has captivated audiences for years with her spectacular performances, and now we couldn’t be more excited to honor her this year with the Gregory Peck Award,” said Tonya Mantooth, Executive and Artistic Director of the San Diego International Film Festival.

Created in honor of famed actor and San Diego area native Gregory Peck, with the support of his family, this award is given to an individual whose work has made a profound impact on the art of cinema.  Launched in 2014, the first recipient of the award was Alan Arkin. This year, 2016 marks Mr. Peck’s centennial.

SDiFF is proud to screen a diverse range of narrative, documentary, spotlight and short films. Screenings will be held in the newly renovated historical Balboa Theater and Regal Theaters in Downtown San Diego, and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. The complete list of 2016 San Diego Film Festival titles including descriptions are available at sdiff.com.

Passes are currently on sale to VIP members and the general public. In addition to screenings and events, passes provide access to the official festival lounge and parties where pass holders interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. Individual tickets to The Night of the Stars Tribute will go on sale August 25.

For more information regarding passes/tickets, press accreditation, industry passes, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit SDiFF.com.  San Diego International Film Festival is produced by the nonprofit, San Diego Film Foundation.

More additions will be added to the program and announced soon.

About the San Diego International Film Festival
Founded in 2001, the San Diego International Film Festival, currently produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, is the region’s premier showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. The five-day event is an entertaining, enlightening and educational gathering that embraces the region’s diverse cultural landscape, enhances the arts community and expands the economic vitality of San Diego. Learn more about the San Diego Film Festival at www.sdiff.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

About the San Diego Film Foundation

The San Diego Film Foundation is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that produces the annual San Diego International Film Festival. Its mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking through producing an annual film festival, developing stimulating film-related events throughout the year, supporting and nurturing student filmmaking programs in local schools, supporting the development of the local filmmaking industry, and enhancing the economic growth of San Diego.

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