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16th Annual San Diego International Film Festival Takes Over America's Finest City This October 4-8 | Save On Tickets & Enter To Win Festival Passes

September 21, 2017

The San Diego International Film Festival returns to America's Finest City for the 16th year this October 4-8, with a lineup filled with star-studded events and film screenings. 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 15% savings on any festival or film tickets, we are also raffling off 2 Festival Passes (a $600 value). Read on for all the details and be sure to enter!


This year's San Diego International Film Festival will screen 117 films and feature a salute to Sir Patrick Stewart, who will be given the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema on October 5 at the Variety Night of the Stars Tribute at the Pendry Hotel in Downtown San Diego. Created in honor of famed actor and San Diego area native Gregory Peck, with the support of his family, this award is given to an individual whose work has made a profound impact on the art of cinema. Launched in 2014, the first recipient of the award was Alan Arkin, with Annette Bening receiving the award last year.

Additionally, the festival has announced its full line up of films, including Spotlight, Competition and Short Film sections. Leading the program at this year’s festival are the Spotlight Films screenings, which include 10 titles altogether of various genres. In addition, the festival screens narrative, documentary and short films, both in and out of competition, vying for top award honors. Screenings will be held in the newly renovated historic Balboa Theater and Regal Theaters in Downtown San Diego, and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. The complete list of 2017 San Diego Film Festival titles including descriptions are available online.

There is also an eclectic lineup of events taking place during this year's San Diego International Film Festival, including the Opening Night Film & After Party at the Westgate Hotel, the Variety Night of the Stars Tribute at Pendry, the Friday Party With a Purpose at Horton Plaza, the Saturday night Filmmaker Awards Show & Party, and Sunday's Culinary Cinema profiling Michelin-star rated chef Jake Bickelhaupt.

Passes are currently available online for individual events and films. In addition to screenings and events, certain passes provide access to the official festival lounge and parties where pass holders interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. Promo code SDVILLE saves 15% on any ticket type, including event passes and individual film screenings.

For more information on this year's San Diego International Film Festival and to purchase your tickets, visit sdfilmfest.com.