San Diego Film Festival Returns For 14th Year With Over 110 Film Screenings From September 30 Through October 4 | Save On Passes And Enter To Win Tickets

September 16, 2015

Produced by the non-profit San Diego Film Foundation, the San Diego Film Festival returns for its 14th year from September 30 through October 4, offering 110 film screenings, as well as parties, celebrity tributes and film competitions over the five-day cinematic extravaganza. We are raffling off 2 passes to attend (a $550 value) and offering promo code SDVILLE10 for 10% savings on any ticket type, so read on for all the details and be sure to enter our raffle!

"We are excited to debut this year’s diverse selection of films to our enthusiastic film-loving community," said Tonya Mantooth, executive vice president and director of programming for the San Diego Film Festival. "Our 2015 film slate has it all, from Hollywood’s most buzzed about award-season contenders to first-time filmmakers looking to make their mark on the festival scene – this year’s lineup has something to offer for everyone."

On September 30, Academy Award winner and 2015 Cinema Vanguard Award recipient Adrien Brody stars in the highly anticipated Opening Night Film “Septembers of Shiraz,” alongside Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek and Academy Award nominee Shorheh Aghdashloo. Brody will be in attendance for the Opening Night screening of “Septembers of Shiraz” on September 30 at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with critic and festival host Jeffrey Lyons.

The following evening, on Thursday, October 1, Academy Award winners Adrian Brody and Geena Davis, along with others, will be honored at Variety's Night of the Stars, taking place at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. This extraordinary evening celebrates the imagination, passion and vision influencing cinematic excellence today. The gala presentation is hosted by Jeffrey Lyons and Ben Lyons.

Another amazing event is the Culinary Cinema on Sunday, October 4, at Arclight Cinemas in Westfield UTC. A feast for the eyes and palate, Culinary Cinema pairs San Diego’s hottest film festival with celebrated local chefs. The menu includes two culinary themed movies – King Georges and Cooking Up A Tribute – with Celebrity Chefs Yannick Alleno Engerran (Awarded three Michelin Stars with Hotel Le Meurice in Paris in 2007), Chef Bernard Guillas (Executive Chef of the Marine Room) and Chef Chad White (Comun in San Diego and La Justina in Tijuana) creating savory food and wine tastings inspired by each film.

Each year, the San Diego Film Festival offers a more impressive line up of films than the year before. Leading the program are gala presentation screenings, which include Daniel Alfredson’s “Go With Me” starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda; Reed Morano’s “Meadowland” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson and Juno Temple; Tony McNamara’s “Ashby” starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolf, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman; Lawrence Roeck’s “Diablo” starring Scott Eastwood, Camilla Belle and Danny Glover; Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back” starring Sarah Silverman and John Charles, and Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala.” Additional films have also been added to the 2015 San Diego Film Festival program, including “Goosebumps,” “Mississippi Grind” and “The Dark Horse.”

In addition, San Diego Film Festival is proud to screen narrative, documentary and short films, some vying for top award honors. The lineup includes eighty-eight films total - seven Gala films, fifteen Narrative Competition films, six Narrative Spotlight films, nine Documentary Competition films, four Documentary Spotlight films, and forty-six Short films. Screenings will be held at the Reading Theater in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. The complete list of 2015 San Diego Film Festival titles including descriptions is available at

Passes can be purchased online and range from $545 for VIP passes to $75 for single day tickets; you may also purchase tickets to individual events. Promo code SDVILLE10 saves 10% on any ticket. In addition to screenings and events, passes provide access to the official festival lounge and parties where pass holders interact with Film Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. 

For more information regarding passes/tickets and the full schedule of events, visit and learn more about the San Diego Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter.