5 Reasons Why the San Diego Film Festival 2013 Can’t Be Missed

San Diego Film Festival
San Diego Film Festival

See some of the best new movies at the San Diego Film Festival

For more than a decade, the San Diego Film Festival has brought award-winning, world-class movies to San Diego, offering both residents and visitors the chance to see unique, independent films. Whether you’ve been before or are thinking of attending the San Diego Film Festival for the first time, here are 5 reasons why the 2013 festival is a can’t miss event:

1. Celebrities

Gus Van Sant walks the red carpet at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival

Gus Van Sant walks the red carpet at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival

During the San Diego Film Festival, it might be easy to mistake San Diego for Hollywood thanks to all the celebrities that come to town. Legends like Gus Van Sant to William Shatner have made appearances in years past. This year, you’re guaranteed to see Judd Apatow hanging around when he’s honored with the Visionary Filmmaker award on October 3.

2. Parties

From the stylish Filmmaker Bash honoring the festival winners to the raucous Almost Famous party featuring burlesque performances by the San Diego Dolls, the San Diego Film Festival proves that celebrating film doesn’t have to only take place sitting in a theater.

3. Something for the Family

Families looking for a unique experience to share with their kids will find want to check out Grave Secrets, a feature film adaptation of Deadtime Stories, a children’s horror fiction series similar to the Goosebumps series.

4. Discounts

Pre-sale passes start at $60 and range up to $350 for VIP passes, but those in the know can snag some deep discounts: students can receive up to 50 percent off with a valid ID. Not a student? Be sure to follow @SDFilmFestival on Twitter for more ways to score 50 percent off.

5. Great Films and Lots of Them

100 films from 55 countries spanning genres like Native American Voices, Action Sports, Family Friendly, Music and Horror…do you really need any other reason to check out the San Diego Film Festival than that?

San Diego Film Festival Info

Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 – 701 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Museum of Contemporary Art – La Jolla – 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: October 2-6, 2013
Individual Movies – $14
Day Passes and Special Event – $50-$300
> Find out more about the San Diego Film Festival

What do you love most about the San Diego Film Festival? What are you excited to see? Tell us in the comments below.

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

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