A list of Film Festivals in San Diego



[Updated] 

La Costa Film Festival

Carlsbad residents Michael and Ruby Callihan aim to carve a new home for North County’s creative community with the debut of the La Costa Film Festival in Oct. 24-27 in 2013, the event is operated by La Costa Dreams, Inc., a nonprofit benefit corporation that aims to bring a new cultural experience to North County. The Callihans have successful careers in the mortgage industry, but each wanted to create an ongoing event that embraced their hometown while bringing people together both creatively and philanthropically.

“What we do have here is an abundance of talent and too few venues to showcase it,” Michael Callihan explained. “I believe that there is a growing awakening to that need, not just for those who have experienced it before, but for our creative young geniuses who would like to practice their craft here.”

The four-day event will include red carpet gala screenings, state-of-the-art outdoor theater viewing, a taste of San Diego restaurant hostings, local microbrews and area wineries. Festival film slots include both local and international entrants to be announced in October, including an outreach category for high school entrants. Add to that numerous celebrities, filmmakers and honorees, and you’ve got an event that aspires to be a true destination festival.

The event will take place at the newly-remodeled Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, a venue that combines modern luxuries with a nod to its glamorous past as an enclave for Hollywood’s elite. The property recently underwent a $50-million upgrade that meshes with Omni’s reputation for luxury and a boutique-style business ethic focused on community. “Omni’s personnel and management have been wonderful, and are doing everything in their power to make it successful,” Ruby Callihan said.

In this its inaugural year, there’s no greater time for local business to be a part of what promises to be a great cultural celebration for years to come. For more information, visit lacostafilmfestival.org

Princebury Film Festival

Lights, camera, transition! Starting this year, San Diego Christian Film Festival will become the Princebury Film Festival. It may have a new name, but its mission to bring the best in family-friendly and faith-based programming—as well as dynamic movies and shorts, thought-provoking documentaries and world-class workshops and panels—to the people of San Diego remains. This year’s event will take place Nov. 8 to 10 at the prestigious University of San Diego.

Founded in 2003, Princebury Productions & Media specializes in financing, producing distributing and marketing high quality, story-driven message films and television programming, challenging industry standards and improving the nature of the industry as a whole. This year, Princebury partners with Jason Jones, a film producer, international humanitarian and founder of Movie to Movement, a global organization designed to help audiences find and support positive faith-based movies that speak to shared values. Jones was a producer on the critically acclaimed 2006 film “Bella,” which won several film industry awards, including the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.

Princebury believes changing the face of film begins with the filmmakers of tomorrow, which it strives to do through unique opportunities to high school and college students aspiring to make a difference in the entertainment industry. For more information visit http://www.princebury.com/blog/tag/film-festival-award/

La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

La Jolla Fashion Film Festival (LJFFF) founder and producer Fred Sweet has always been obsessed with fashion on the Internet. About five years ago he began to notice an increase in short fashion films. Sweet told the staff of his modeling agency, San Diego Model Management, that he was going to show them on the big screen somewhere in La Jolla. Well, news traveled fast among the modeling agencies and quickly everyone wanted to join in the fun. “At that point North America’s first fashion film festival was born,” Sweet said. Inspired by what was happening in Europe he and the LJFFF have gone on to become the world’s largest gathering of fashion film professionals.

This years’ festival took place in late July—with the gorgeous Mediterranean style coast overlaid with an affluent European chic design, La Jolla aesthetically rivals Paris and Cannes for breathtaking scenery and beautiful people. Inhabited by scholarly residents, La Jolla embraces a rich global diversity of culture due in part to a range of prestigious universities housed within its small borders. “The film festival needed a destination. I wanted this to be a world-class event. La Jolla has a good id as a seaside resort town,” Sweet said.

The influence of intellect can be readily seen in its extensive number of museums and art galleries together totaling over 45. In fact, The International La Jolla Fashion Film Festival (LJFFF) is housed in The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, one of the most significant structures among them all. It would be hard to find a more fertile artistic estuary in which to found a fledgling film festival and time has proven this.  LJFFF has grown in the number of submissions from 200 in its inaugural season in 2010 to over 11,000 entries this year.

Fred Sweet took a leap of faith in founding the festival. He believed the region would embrace the festival and nurture it.  What would have been hard to predict is the immediate success and growth of LJFFF. Within three years it would become the world’s largest gathering of fashion filmmakers. For more information visit ljfff.com

New inclusions: 

San Diego Latino Film FestivalSan Diego Jewish Film FestivalSan Diego Italian Film FestivalSan Diego Black Film FestivalSan Diego Film Festival