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San Diego Film Festival Kicks Off 11th Year On Wednesday

New Leadership For Festival

The documentary

Credit: Sabrina Lee

Above: The documentary "Not Yet Begun to Fight."


Dale Strack, Chairman of the Board, San Diego Film Festival

Tonya Mantooth, Director of Programming


The San Diego Film Festival Kicks off its 11th year on Wednesday night with a film and opening night party, and runs through Sunday.

Founded in 2001, The San Diego Film Festival is produced by the San Diego Film Foundation. The festival says its mission is "to support the best in independent filmmaking while enhancing the diverse cultural landscape and economic vitality of San Diego."

This year, the festival is launching with new leadership and a new vision for the future. The obvious changes are an increase in films and venues. But Festival Director Kevin Leap hopes that the San Diego Film Festival will become a major force and destination for independent film. This year's festival will feature a tribute to director Gus Van Sant, industry panels, parties, and a collection of shorts, features, and documentaries.

Some stats for this year:

  • More films in 2012: 113 films are officially selected from over 1,300 submissions from 55 countries
  • Two Film Villages: Gaslamp Quarter and La Jolla
  • New Film Category: Native American Voices
  • More Interactive Q&A’s with filmmakers
  • CONNECT: The Filmmaking Experience (for high school students)
  • Exclusive VIP Hospitality Lounges for Festival VIP Pass holders, Patrons, Sponsors
  • Gus Van Sant Celebrity Tribute, Awards Evening and festival after-parties

The San Diego Film Festival kicks off Wednesday at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 and runs through Sunday at the Gaslamp and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. For a complete schedule of films and to purchase tickets go to the San Diego Film Festival.

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