4 San Diego Film Festivals To Check Out This Year

HOME-SLID-01-1600x400Now that Comic Con is over and the Del Mar Racing Season is in full swing, it’s time to look ahead to the rest of August and see what’s in store for America’s Finest City. Film festivals are only increasing in popularity and growing in numbers; this year, more than 5 festivals will be happening in San Diego between August and the end of the year, including the highly anticipated San Diego Film Festival. The La Jolla Fashion Film Festival was already a huge success, and we can’t wait for what’s to come at these future events. Check out all of the San Diego film festivals on our list and start planning now!

1. Oceanside International Film Festival

August 3 – 10

Screenings and events will be held at Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre in Oceanside.

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off San Diego’s film festival season. Established in 2009, OIFF is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged and gives local film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. The festival will showcase full length features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works.

For a full listing of this year’s screenings and schedule of events, check out the festival’s official website. And while you’re in Oceanside, don’t forget to check out the famous bungalow house that was featured in Top Gun!

2. La Costa Film Festival

September 18 – 21

Festival screenings will be held at La Costa Resort & Spa, Cinépolis Cinema, and the Ruby Schulman Auditorium.

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Though this will only be its second year, the La Costa Film Festival is definitely an up-and-coming event; interact directly with film industry experts, discuss films in different workshops, and gain access to producers, directors, writers, and actors alike. Experience a talent showcase unlike any other in San Diego. They’ll be selecting winners in both full feature and short films, as determined by our celebrity panel of judges. Film-lovers will be able to enjoy a broad and impressive slate of films, ranging from documentaries to features and shorts. While you’re there, enjoy a sampling of North County’s best restaurants, renowned craft breweries, and boutique winery selections.

3. San Diego Film Festival

September 24 – 28

Festival screenings will be held at theaters in the Gaslamp Quarter and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla.
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The highly anticipated San Diego Film Festival returns to America’s Finest City this September and promises to be another fantastic event.  Whether you’re a filmmaker or a film lover, the festival’s numerous screenings, interactive Q&A’s with filmmakers, industry panels, thought provoking narrative features and networking opportunities are sure to please. Access over 100 films from 55 different countries, major film premieres, meet and greets, and celebrity tributes are just a few of the highlights this year.

4. San Diego Asian Film Festival 

November 6 – 15

This film festival has become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States and showcases everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder to luminary independent works like Patrick Wang’s award-winning In the Family. Since its inception in 2000, they’ve premiered thousands of films from around the world. Its emphasis is on Asian-American cinema, but they have also shown international films, shorts, documentaries, and animation. Patrons will be able to meet and speak with filmmakers and actors, enjoy meaningful discussions, hear live music, and enjoy nightly parties. Though the lineup and schedule of events hasn’t been announced yet for this year, check their website for updates as the festival approaches.


Other Upcoming Film Festivals:

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition: Friday October 10 & Saturday October 11

The first San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition was organized in 2000 by a small group who had been meeting at Chuck Nicklin’s dive shop to share information on shooting and editing underwater video. In the past several years, it has grown into one of the most prestigious underwater film festivals worldwide.  All screenings will be held at Qualcomm Hall. The up-and-coming festival’s goal is to promote and exhibit creative underwater motion imaging, share underwater motion imaging information and techniques among divers, and encourage awareness about sea life and marine habitats.

San Diego Jewish Film Festival (they put on various monthly screenings throughout the summer & fall)

San Diego Italian Film Festival (though the film festival already happened, the IFF presents monthly film screenings showcasing notable Italian cinema)


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