The San Diego International Film Festival (SDiFF), running from Wednesday, September 28 to Sunday, October 2, is the region’s premier showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. The festival will occupy two unique festival 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. 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.

“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.”

Over 100 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 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 and actors. Always a highlight of the festival, these Q&A sessions entertain and enlighten attendees through inspired conversation with the industry’s best.

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: “12 Years a Slave,” “The German” and “August: Osage County” (2013), “The Imitation Game,” “Whiplash,” “Wild,” “Mr. Turner,” “St. Vincent” (2014) and “Room,” “Youth” 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 are currently on sale for VIP experiences and for the general public. VIP Annual Membership Passes include VIP screenings and events throughout the year, as well as exclusive treatment during the festival, and are priced at $550 through August 22. Festival passes for five days during the festival are priced at $275 through August 22. One day passes are priced at $75. Individual tickets will go on sale on September 1st. For more information on passes, press accreditation, industry passes, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit