What to Expect at The 2017 San Diego International Film Festival

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The San Diego International Film Festival

THE SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the area’s foremost film event and one of the more prominent stops on the independent film festival circuit. The festival provides a truly distinctive film experience, inclusive of world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the very best in indie filmmaking, and a jam-packed agenda rife with glitzy parties and cosy events with various filmmakers. Join them in downtown San Diego at the Balboa Theater for opening night, the Regal Cinema, and the ArcLight La Jolla for screenings, and featuring the delightful Pendry San Diego as our festival center of operations.

What Not to Miss!

Opening Night Film – Oct 4

Be sure not to miss a minute of opening night! The films on opening night frequently go on to win major industry awards! For example, some of the previous films with this distinction include: Silver Linings Playbook, Wild, 12 Years a Slave, Septembers of Shiraz, and many, many more!

VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute – Oct 5 

The VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute brings Hollywood to San Diego for a fashionable evening of revelries and awards. On Thursday, the Gregory Peck Award of Excellence in Cinema, 2017, will be bestowed upon Sir Patrick Stewart at the Pendry San Diego. You also won’t want to miss what’s coming next regarding other honorees, so hang in there and keep an eye out for updates!

Friday Night Party with a Purpose – Oct 6

Mingling amusement for a specific cause, the Friday Night Party with a Purpose in downtown San Diego is an ideal way to conclude your day of exceptional screenings. We crank up the evening with a veritable bang! To this end, there will be live music and art, additional entertainment to revel in, can’t miss food trucks with fresh, hot food, courtesy adult beverages, and various games in the beer garden.

Studio Premieres – Oct 4-8

They will début some of the major films emanating out of Hollywood and the independent film circuit. Make sure you mark your calendars and get out to the festival for an opportunity to catch films such as: Lion, Hell or High Water, Silver Linings Playbook, 12 Years a Slave, and sundry others weeks or perhaps months prior to hitting the big screen.

Unique Film Tracks – Oct 4-8 

The film festival also presents a schedule of film tracks that echo both the inimitable culture of San Diego and those that fulfil our dedicated task to truly “Make a Difference” with film. Specific tracks include American IndianEnvironmentalMilitary, and new this year, Equestrian.

Meet the Filmmakers – Oct 4-8

Attendees will want to hang around subsequent to films and take note as various filmmakers chat about what inspired and the creative process that saw their films to the big screen. Additionally, filmmaker panels and our filmmaker awards show are definitely stimulating and well worth attending.

Culinary Cinema – Oct 8

Be sure to enjoy a cinematic venture into the world of food and then take part as you savor delightful bites from local sustainable chef’s and eateries. In addition, with 2000 plus submissions from independent filmmakers from over 60 countries, you recognize that the 100 plus films that are carefully chosen for the San Diego International Film Festival are, quite simply, the very best in features, documentaries, and lovable shorts in the world. In addition to watching films prior to being released, question and answer gatherings with various filmmakers after their respective screenings transport you into the creative process in a most personal manner.

All during the San Diego International Film Festival, as an attendee you will have the occasion to listen to various filmmakers, thespians, directors and big deal makers. In addition, you will acquire the backstories concerning why a particular film was produced, get the lowdown on the behind the scenes capers of the cast, or even the strains and toils of obtaining distribution deals.

For the comprehensive schedule and to acquire additional information concerning the film festival, be sure to visit: https://secure.sdiff.com/e/passes-2017/preview

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