KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews the 12th Annual San Diego Film Festival.
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ANCHOR INTRO: The San Diego Film Festival kicks off its 12th year tonight with the San Diego premiere of “12 Years a Slave.” KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando has this preview.
The San Diego Film Festival is 12 years old but it’s only in its second year under the new creative leadership of Kevin Leap. He’s president of the San Diego Film Foundation, the non profit organization that runs the festival. He says he learned a lot from his first year.
KEVIN LEAP: Yeah you really do have to eat an elephant one bite at a time. No, we actually tightened it up a little bit and we spent a lot more time jurying the films and making sure we had the highest level quality films possible as opposed to quantity.
This year they received 1400 entries and selected 108 features, documentaries and shorts to highlight. Leap says that what separates the San Diego Film Festival from other festivals in town is diversity and quality -- ranging from Oscar hopefuls like “12 Years A Slave” to issue-oriented documentaries.
KEVIN LEAP: We have several different films on all things green, ecological, animal welfare, and we have a great film called “Breaking Through,” about LGBT politicians running for office and becoming elected, in fact Todd Gloria and Tony Atkins are both featured in it and we’ll be having them do a little panel discussion.
The festival runs through Sunday at multiple venues including the Reading Gaslamp downtown.
Beth Accomando, KPBS News.