We showcase films of every genre selected by an esteemed jury of industry pros, made with passion and persistence by filmmakers at every level of the craft, from gifted students to talented newcomers to Oscar winners, who take part in panels, workshops, special presentations and more; and we roll out the red carpet for the grand Leonard Maltin Industry Tribute Gala, where the stars indeed do shine on Saturday night.
Come across the sweeping blue bridge from downtown San Diego and discover for yourself our small, beautiful waterfront paradise, where filmmaking pioneers came in the early 1900’s to the now-world-famous Hotel del Coronado to experiment with a revolutionary new art form that would one day change the world; where the Duchess of Windsor watched polo matches when she lived here as a Navy wife; where Naval Aviation was born and Navy SEALS train and films are made about them; where our beaches always make the top 10 list; where a public School of the Arts was founded in 1996 to nurture emerging talent and became a national model; where our thriving, pedestrian-friendly main street is lined with unique shops, galleries, and restaurants for every mood, including a 1940’s diner, European bistros, and everything else from a perfect burger to 4-star-worthy fare; where legendary luminaries like Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Cruise, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Emma Stone and hundreds of others still to this day come to work and play; and where eight years ago a film festival was officially launched to celebrate the best and brightest of it all! That’s us!
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