The San Diego International Film Festival Runs Through October 2021

| October 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

The 2021 San Diego International Film Festival runs from Thursday, October 14 through Sunday, October 24, and is produced by the San Diego Film Foundation. The film slate for their 20th Anniversary screens the top anticipated films of the year. Festival attendees are able to enjoy a hybrid of in-person and virtual events.  In-person festival events and film screenings will take place in some of the city’s most beautiful locations – including Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego Museum of Art, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa on Mission Bay and on board the USS Midway. Patrons can also access over 150 films On Demand in the Festival’s Virtual Village as well as Q&As with filmmakers from around the world.

The opening night film “C’mon C’mon”stars Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann and Woody Norman. Mike Mills’ latest is a deeply moving meditation on the connections between adults and children and the importance of family. The festival will close with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial feature debut, “The Lost Daughter,” a psychological drama film based on the novel of the same name. A college professor confronts her unsettling past after meeting a woman and her young daughter while on vacation in Italy. Her obsession with the woman and her daughter prompts memories of her early motherhood.

Other spotlight features include Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” Pablo Larraín’s “Spencer,” Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s “Flee,” Céline Sciamma “Petite Maman,” Joachim Trier’s “Worst Person in the World,” Jim Cummings & PJ McCabe’s “The BetaTest,” and Lauren Hadaway’s “The Novice.”

Tonya Mantooth is CEO and artistic director of the San Diego International Film Festival.

Tonya Mantooth, CEO and artistic director of the San Diego International Film Festival shared, “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, I love knowing we are able to highlight female filmmakers who are in decision making roles. We are thrilled to provide a platform to showcase that change.”

She added, “This year the festival received over 3000 film submissions representing over 65 countries. And, because of technology, with less financial barriers, we are excited to curate one of the strongest film line-ups in our 20-year history, including both independent films and studio premieres.”

The Film Festival is proud to screen narrative, documentary and short films, both in and out of competition, vying for top award honors. The lineup below includes 168 films total, 24 narrative competition films, 14 documentary competition films, and 117 short films.

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As of Thursday October 14, all attendees for in-person events or film screenings will be required to present proof of vaccination as “Fully Vaccinated” OR a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event in order to enter in-person San Diego International Film Festival events.

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