San Diego International Film Festival To Return This September 28 Through October 2 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win Tickets

August 18, 2016

The San Diego International Film Festival has announced that it will return to America's Finest City for its 15th straight year this September 28 through October 2. Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, the five-day event will feature 100+ independent films, studio premieres, panels with celebrities and industry insiders, red carpet events, parties, all-star tributes and filmmaker awards. In addition to offering promo code SDVILLE for 20% savings on any festival ticket, we are also raffling off 2 Festival Passes (a $550 value). Read on for all the details and be sure to enter!

Adrien Brody at the 2015 SDIFF
The city's premier showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking, this year's festival will occupy two unique villages - one in La Jolla with ArcLight Cinema, Westfield UTC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and one in downtown San Diego, encompassing several theaters and venues in and around the Gaslamp Quarter.

“The extraordinary films, remarkable talent and diversity of events at this year’s Festival is over-the-top exciting,” said Tonya Mantooth, Executive and Artistic Director of the San Diego International Film Festival. “With over 2,000 submissions from independent filmmakers in more than 65 countries, you can expect to see amazing cinematic storytelling and have opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the best filmmakers and content developers in the world.”

Approximately 130 of the films submitted will be carefully curated for screenings. This year’s festival will feature studio premiers as well as independent films from all types of genres. In addition, film tracks aimed at the San Diego Film Foundation's five initiatives will be offered: social justice issues, the plight of returning military veterans, Native American life, women in film and environmental sustainability. Festival attendees are guaranteed to find films that inspire and entertain from the variety of films offered. Many screenings will also include panel discussions with the filmmakers, actors and key personalities behind the films. Always a highlight of the festival, these Q&A sessions entertain and enlighten attendees through inspired conversation with the industry’s best.

The event will kick off on Wednesday, September 28 with an Opening Night Film and After Party at Balboa Theatre and Westgate Hotel Rooftop. Other notable events include the Night of the Starts Tribute on Thursday, September 29 at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art/Sherwood Auditorium, Indie Night at House of Blues on Thursday, September 29, Party with a Purpose at Horton Plaza Park on Friday, September 30, the Filmmakers Awards Show and Screenings at The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter on Saturday, October 1, Culinary Cinema and Closing Night Films at ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla on Sunday, October 2, and more. A complete film schedule will be announced on August 22, 2016.

Founded in 2001, the San Diego Film Festival has grown into one of the nation’s top cultural events through its countless opportunities to engage filmmakers, actors, directors and dealmakers from across the industry. Past premieres en route to awards season have included: “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Quartet” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” and “The German” and “August in Osage County” (2013), “The Imitation Game,” “Whiplash,” “Wild,” “Mr. Turner,” “St. Vincent” and “Youth” (2014) and “Room” and “He Named Me Malala” (2015). Notable honorees of the festival have included Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise, Beetlejuice), Adrien Brody (The Pianist), John Boyega (Star Wars), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, Argo), Beau Bridges (Descendants), Judd Apatow (Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin), Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds) and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk).

Festival passes and individual film & event tickets are currently available online. VIP Annual Membership Passes include VIP screenings and events throughout the year, as well as exclusive treatment during the festival, and are priced at $595. Festival passes for five days during the festival are priced at $295. One day passes are priced at $75. Individual film tickets start at $15. Promo code SDVILLE saves 20% on any ticket type.

For more information on passes and the full schedule of films and events, visit