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.


Sun, Surf and the Silver Screen: San Diego Film Festival 2012

San Diego Film Festival Logo

San Diego Film Festival Logo

From September 26-30th the San Diego Film Festival (SDFF) celebrates 11 years with more films, insightful industry panels and buzz-worthy events than ever before. While SDFF continues to screen films at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp in the Gaslamp Quarter, as it has for the past 10 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla will also host numerous screenings and events. The dual locations allow SDFF to provide more opportunities to celebrate a wide spectrum of independent film while showcasing two of San Diego’s most popular and distinctive neighborhoods. If you can swing it, splurge on the VIP Festival Pass and enjoy the festival as it was meant to be – a celebration of creativity and community. Otherwise, here are a few signature events not to be missed:

Thursday, September 27: Gus Van Sant Tribute Evening

Get an exclusive glimpse into the passion and vision behind the extraordinary filmmaking of director Gus Van Sant and enjoy the 15th anniversary screening of the Academy® Award winning film, Good Will Hunting this Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. Tickets are $75.

> Buy Gus Van Sant Tribute Evening tickets here

Friday, September 28: Almost Famous Block Party & Screening:

Have you ever wanted to party in San Diego like it’s 1973? Here’s your chance! The “must-attend” party of the festival will be happening this Friday, September 28th in the Gaslamp Quarter. Along with the special outdoor screening of Almost Famous, introduced by the real Pennie Lane in her first public appearance, enjoy hosted bar from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, light fare provided by Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Crossroads/House of Blues, DJ, dancing, and live music by Queen Nation presented by the House of Blues. Tickets are $45 in advance and $60 at the door.

> Buy Almost Famous Block Party and Screening tickets here

2012 San Diego Film Festival Line-Up

And let’s not forget about the films! Check out the line-up of amazing independent films screening this weekend right here in San Diego.