The San Diego Film Festival is one of the most alluring festivals on the rise, boasting a close proximity to LA and a trendy crowd of nearly 13,000 people. It doubles as a film lover’s paradise and a weekend getaway where participants can take advantage of sunny weather, thriving art culture, and the cities robust nightlife in the famed Gaslamp quarter.
Each year, the San Diego Film Festival honors the filmmaking process with their Industry Tribute award. Last year’s recipient was Gus Van Sant, the award-winning director of Good Will Hunting (1997) and Promised Land (2012). Stars such as Diane Ladd, Anne Heche, Robin Williams, and Ben Affleck paid tribute.
This year’s festival will also display a wide range of the year’s most promising films. Last year’s lineup included premieres of Silver Linings Playbook, The Sapphires and Seven Psychopaths among many others.
Additionally, The San Diego Film Festival is filled with groundbreaking panels. Last year’s included a discussion and screening of the documentary Trek Nation, featuring Rod Roddenberry and many others.