The San Diego Film Festival is returning to La Jolla in just over a month, bringing the best of local and international independent films to the ArcLight Cinema. From October 2 – 6, more than one hundred films from 55 destinations are being screened, covering traditional and new genres – like Native American Voices, Action Sports and Animation. In addition to screenings, there will be interactive Q&A sessions with filmmakers, industry panels and good old-fashioned parties to attend. The other festival location is in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, which makes for a nice blend of venues. One of the big highlights at this year’s festival is the honoring of Judd Apatow, the brilliant producer/ writer/director who brought Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and many others to life.
For people who want to get into the film industry, festivals like this provide an incredible opportunity to see, listen to and mingle with industry players who can lead the way. One of the San Diego Film Festival’s primary goals is to support and develop the art of local and independent filmmaking by providing a platform where ideas and information are exchanged. “Our vision is to build community around the art of visual story-telling with the viewing of films and discussions with filmmakers that inspire, entertain, educate, transform and stimulates conversation amongst film lovers…and those conversations being enriched by the world class attributes of San Diego, says the festival’s mission statement.
More than anything else, it’s pretty exciting to have a 5-day film festival coming right to our doorstep. We’ll keep you posted on details closer to the time.