Tonya Mantooth and the San Diego International Film Festival

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Tonya Mantooth (left) and Annette Benning are shown together during a previous San Diego International Film Festival event.

A nine time Regional Emmy award winner with over 60 International Telly and ADDY awards, Tonya Mantooth is perhaps the most highly regarded film producer based in San Diego. She began her career as an executive producer when she became the director of acquisitions for CRM Films. Tonya co-founded and was president of The Dakota Group, a highly regarded film and post production company in Southern California. Mantooth produced national TV campaigns and award winning documentaries for Fortune 500 companies.

In 2007, Mantooth launched Mantooth Studios and expanded her production scope to include computer generated (CGI) projects and entertainment projects. Under Mantooth Films, Mantooth has executive produced four feature films, including “Grave Secrets,” which became the pilot to the Nickelodeon Series, “Dead Time Stories.”

In 2012, Mantooth and her colleagues took over the San Diego International Film Festival with a two-fold vision: To bring international cinema to San Diego and grow the San Diego International Film Festival as a significant contributor to San Diego’s economy. Today the San Diego International Film Festival has grown over 500 percent. The spectacular five-day Festival features 120+ film screenings, parties and a red carpet Celebrity Tribute honoring actors such as Annette Bening, Adrian Brody, Geena Davis and Sir Patrick Stewart. She is steadfast in her belief that, in our increasingly complex and divisive world, cinematic storytelling gives us the opportunity to find common ground through our shared human experiences.

The San Diego International Film Festival runs from Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 14. To learn more, visit

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