San Diego Film Festival

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San Diego International Film Festival
Location San Diego and La Jolla, California, United States
Founded 2001
Language English
Website sdfilmfest.com

The San Diego International Film Festival is an independent film festival that takes place annually in San Diego, California and is produced by the non-profit San Diego Film Foundation.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Held at the end of September and/or the beginning of October across two "villages" in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and in La Jolla. The festival features competitive juried categories including narrative feature films, short films, documentary films and Native American. Categories or "tracks" vary year to year, and have included: social justice, sports, music, family friendly, animation, equestrian, military and more.

The Festival features panel discussions with film critics, leaders in the entertainment industry, parties and awards banquets.

History[edit]

The Festival was founded in 2001 by Robin Laatz (event planner) and Karl Kozak (indie filmmaker).New festival leadership took over in 2012: Dale Strack, Chairman and CEO; Kevin Leap, President; Tonya Mantooth, Vice President; Patti Judd, Vice President.

Film critic Jeffrey Lyons was added as festival host and honorary jury chairman in 2013, and has acted as host or co-host ever since.

In 2016, the festival added International to its name, having previously been known only as the San Diego Film Festival.[10]

Notability at Festival[edit]

2017[edit]

Co-Hosts: Jeffrey Lyons and Scott Mantz.

2016[edit]

Host: Jeffrey Lyons Co-host: Ben Lyons.

2015[edit]

Host: Jeffrey Lyons Co-host: Ben Lyons.

2014[edit]

Host: Jeffrey Lyons.[15][16]

2012[edit]

Notable events.

Tribute to and retrospective of director Gus Van Sant's work.[18] Erik Wahl made an art to pay tribute to the director.[19]

Official Selections: Silver Linings Playbook, The Sapphires, Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet, Seven Psychopaths, Grassroots, and The Oranges.[20]

Award-winning world premieres at the 2012 festival included The Story of Luke and Red Line.[21]

"Native American Voices" category focused on Native American films and filmmakers. The program launched with the feature film Shouting Secrets and documentary film Thick Dark Fog. A Native American Voices filmmaker panel included actors Saginaw Grant and Ruben Chato.

Awards[edit]

2017

JURY AWARDS[22]

  • Best Short: The Foster Porfolio, Best Foreign Short: Ostoja Will Move Your Pianom, Best Animated Short: Green Light
  • Best Global Cinema: The Divine Order, Kumeyayy Award: Waabooz, Best Military Film: Apache Warrior,
  • Best Ensemble: Butterfly Caught, Best World Premiere: Dismissed, Best Comedy: The Lonely Italian
  • Best Documentary: The Last Animals, Best Breakthrough Feature: Selling Isobel, Best Narrative Feature: The Bachelors
  • Chairman's Award: Dog Years

AUDIENCE AWARDS

TRIBUTE TO THE STARS AWARDS[23]

2016

JURY AWARDS

  • Best Narrative Feature: So B. It, Breakthrough Feature: Po
  • Breakthrough Documentary: In Utero, Best Documentary: Political Animals
  • Best International Film: Julieta, Best Comedy: The Late Bloomer,
  • Best Military Film: Railway Spine, Best Narrative Short: "Bon Voyage"
  • Kumeyaay Eagle Award: Te Ata
  • Chairman’s Award: Citizen Soldier,

TRIBUTE TO THE STARS AWARDS

2015

JURY AWARDS

  • Best Narrative Feature: Diablo, Best Documentary: India's Daughter
  • Best Foreign: Victoria, Best Short: "Sub Rosa"
  • Best Animation: Soar, Best Family Film: Operation: Neighborhood Watch!
  • Best Military Film: No Greater Love, Kumeyaay Award: For Blood
  • Chairman’s Award: Kidnap Capital

AUDIENCE AWARDS

TRIBUTE TO THE STARS AWARDS

2014

JURY AWARDS

  • Best Narrative Feature: Where the Road Runs Out
  • Best Documentary: Waiting for Mamu director Thomas Morgan
  • Best Foreign Feature: Schimbare
  • Best Narrative Short: "The Bravest and the Boldest"
  • Best Animated Film: Dam Keeper
  • Kumeyaay Award: Sycuan Our People. Our Culture. Our History.
  • U-T San Diego Award: Where the Road Runs Out
  • Chairman’s Award: Hornet’s Nest

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

  • Best Studio Feature: The Imitation Game
  • Best Feature: Cas & Dylan, Best Documentary: Waiting for Mamu
  • Best Short: "Sure Thing", Best Foreign: Noble

TRIBUTE TO THE STARS AWARDS

2013

JURY AWARDS

  • Best Narrative Feature: Autumn Blood — director Marcus Blunder
  • Best Documentary Feature: Of Kites & Borders — director Yolanda Pividal
  • Best International Feature: The German Doctor — director Lucia Puenzo
  • Best Short Drama: "Solidarity" — director Dustin Brown
  • UT San Diego Award - Best Feature Film: Winter in the Blood — director Alex Smith & Andrew J. Smith
  • Chairman's Award: Chez Upshaw — director Bruce Mason

AUDIENCE AWARDS

  • Best Studio Feature: 12 Years a Slave — director Steve McQueen
  • Best Feature: Brahmin Bulls — director Mahesh Pailoor
  • Best Documentary: Lion Ark — director Tim Phillips
  • Best Documentary: Alekesam — director Jason Bergh

FESTIVAL AWARDS

  • Visionary Filmmaker Award: Judd Apatow
  • Emerging Producer Award: Justin Nappi
  • Chris Brinker Award: Shaun Kosta, The Republic of Two
  • Humanitarian Award: Mariel Hemingway

2012[24][25]

JURY AWARDS

  • Best Narrative Feature: The Story of Luke — director Alonso Mayo
  • Best Documentary Feature: A Sister's Call — director Kyle Tekiela & Rebecca Schaper
  • Best Comedy Feature: 3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom — director & writer Jordan Roberts
  • Best Foreign Feature: Best Little Whorehouse in Rochdale — director Ian Vernon
  • Best Short Drama: "Cherry Wave" — director Carey Willams
  • Best Short Comedy: "The Hiccup" — director Matt Smukler
  • Best Screenplay: Below Zero writer Signe Olynyk
  • UT San Diego Award - Best Feature Film: Red Line — director Robert Kirbyson
  • Chairman's Award: Tony Tango — director Manolo Celi

AUDIENCE AWARDS

  • Best Studio Feature: Silver Linings Playbook
  • Best Feature: Shouting Secrets
  • Best Documentary: Not Yet Begun To Fight

2011

JURY AWARDS

AUDIENCE AWARDS

  • Best Feature: Like Crazy — director Drake Doremus
  • Best Documentary: The Highest Pass — director Jon Fitzgerald

2010

JURY AWARDS

AUDIENCE AWARDS

2009

JURY AWARDS

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gus Van Sant Tribute and Retrospective at 2012 Festival
  2. ^ Gus Van Sant to be honored
  3. ^ New leadership and direction for Festival
  4. ^ Sdcitybeat.com
  5. ^ Festivalfocus.org
  6. ^ Gaslamp Quarter location for 2012 Festival
  7. ^ Gus Van Sant to attend Retrospective, Festival expands to La Jolla
  8. ^ "San Diego Film Festival". Filmfestivals.com. 
  9. ^ "The Mantooth-Strack Family Works to Produce the San Diego Film Festival". 92067magazine.com/. 
  10. ^ Blair, Iain (2016-09-29). "San Diego Film Festival Sets Its Aim for a Global Reach". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-05. 
  11. ^ Cavassuto, Maria (2016-08-30). "San Diego Film Festival Announces Full 2016 Lineup". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  12. ^ Holmes, Mannie (2015-09-15). "San Diego Film Festival to Open with Adrien Brody's 'Septembers of Shiraz'". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  13. ^ "Adrien Brody attends opening night of San Diego Film Festival". fox5sandiego.com. 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  14. ^ "San Diego Film Fest to honor Hollywood elite at La Jolla tribute event". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  15. ^ Johns, Nikara (2014-08-06). "Jeffrey Lyons to Host San Diego Film Festival". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  16. ^ Movies.yahoo.com
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (2014-08-29). "Reese Witherspoon's 'Wild' to Open San Diego Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  18. ^ "Gus Van Sant to Attend Retrospective at San Diego Film Fest (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Gus Van Sant Tribute". CNN. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "San Diego Film Fest expands venues and preems, 'Quartet,' 'Seven Psychopaths' among headliners". Variety. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "THE STORY OF LUKE TAKES TOP PRIZE AT SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL". UT San Diego. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "2017 Award Winners". San Diego International Film Festival SDiFF. Retrieved 2018-01-16. 
  23. ^ Fernandez, Matt (September 11, 2017). "Kumail Nanjiani, Heather Graham to Be Saluted at San Diego Film Festival". Variety. 
  24. ^ "2012 San Diego Film Festival Announces Awards". KPBS. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "2012 San Diego Film Festival Announces Awards". Sandiegoville.com. Retrieved 4 Oct 2012. 

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