2016 San Diego Int'l Film Festival

Sep 28, 2016 to Oct 2, 2016
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Sep 28, 2016
5:30 pm
Opening Night Film & After Party - General Admission
To kick off this year’s festival this exclusive film screening is a full-blown Hollywood event as Harrah’s Resort SoCal presents the SDiFF Opening Night After Party.  (390 minutes)
Sep 29, 2016
11:00 am
Crossing Bhutan
Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its primary yardstick for progress.  (60 minutes)
12:30 pm
House of Norway
"House of Norway" is a political comedy/satire which takes a keen look at the relationship between western values and the hopes of those arriving here in these troubled times.  (105 minutes)
3:00 pm
Illusion Shorts Track
Step into a world where the seemingly impossible is actually quite possible.  (90 minutes)
5:00 pm
Chasing Robert Barker
One night, after chasing dead end leads, paparazzo photographer David receives a tip from his friend Eno: celebrity actor Robert Barker is dining with a young brunette at an upscale restaurant.  (90 minutes)
5:00 pm
Independent Animation Filmmaking Shorts Track
Offering the best in narrative and experimental animation, these fresh talents will amaze you.  (75 minutes)
5:00 pm
Pushing Dead
When a struggling writer, HIV positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much.  (135 minutes)
5:30 pm
VARIETY'S Night of the Stars Tribute
This glamorous event gets up close and personal as the San Diego International Film Festival honors some of the industry’s most accomplished actors, directors and filmmakers.  (330 minutes)
7:30 pm
Road to the Well
A drifter pays a visit to an old friend whose mundane life is upended after the two become involved in a seemingly random murder.  (120 minutes)
8:00 pm
Fear Inc.
A horror junkie and his friends sign up with a company that brings their customer's greatest fears to life.  (120 minutes)
8:00 pm
Festival Indie Night - Film & Party
Purchase or Reserve a $15 ticket on Thursday night for a film and enter the House of Blues on the 7th Street side for free entrance! Show your pass or ticket!  (180 minutes)
Sep 30, 2016
11:00 am
Chasing Robert Barker
One night, after chasing dead end leads, paparazzo photographer David receives a tip from his friend Eno: celebrity actor Robert Barker is dining with a young brunette at an upscale restaurant.  (90 minutes)
12:00 pm
"the HUB" - Horton Plaza Park Festival Hub
The Festival Hub will be hopping all day long! "the HUB" will be open all day for hanging out with other cineophiles. Take a break in between films and attend "the HUB".  (360 minutes)
1:00 pm
When Worlds Collide Shorts Track
Where the light at the end of the tunnel is not the light of day.  (90 minutes)
2:30 pm
Chronically Metropolitan
Promising author Fenton (Shiloh Fernandez) ruffled feathers and lost the love of Jessie (Ashley Benson) when he published a thinly-veiled story about her family in The New Yorker.  (105 minutes)
2:30 pm
Dead Draw
25 million dollars, 8 safety deposit boxes, and months before anyone will know it’s gone.  (105 minutes)
3:00 pm
Citizen Soldier
A modern day Band of Brothers, Citizen Soldier tells the true story of a group of young Soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  (120 minutes)
3:00 pm
Twisted Humor - Shorts Track
Where funny and irony meet up and go to the dark side.  (90 minutes)
4:30 pm
Blood Stripe
Our Sergeant returns home after a third tour with the Marines in Afghanistan. It is clear that in addition to the scars she bears on her torso, Our Sergeant carries unseen wounds.  (90 minutes)
4:30 pm
Unexpected Endings Shorts Track
If you think you see it coming...think again.  (90 minutes)
5:00 pm
After Spring
With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next.  (120 minutes)
5:00 pm
American Fable
When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her beloved father is hiding a wealthy man in her family's silo, she is forced to choose between saving the man's life or protecting her family.  (120 minutes)
5:00 pm
The Land of the Enlightened
A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine.  (105 minutes)
5:00 pm
The Cliff
A mass suicide involving members of a cult takes place in the Canary Islands. Gabriel's younger sister, Cordelia, who he hasn't seen for years, was one of the cult followers.  (120 minutes)
5:00 pm
Global Consciousness Shorts Track
"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible" — Maya Angelou  (90 minutes)
5:30 pm
SEED: The Untold Story
SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.  (90 minutes)
7:00 pm
So B. It
SO B. IT is a tale of longing and family lies, of heartbreak and personal courage with just a touch of magical whimsy.  (120 minutes)
7:00 pm
Underfire: The Untold Story
UNDERFIRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PFC. TONY VACCARO chronicles the life of a man who played two roles during World War II: a combat infantryman on the front lines and a photographer.  (90 minutes)
7:30 pm
The Late Bloomer
When Pete's doctors find a pituitary tumor that has delayed his onset of puberty for 15 years, he undergoes what would normally be years of puberty in a matter of weeks.  (120 minutes)
7:30 pm
Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word
A true story set in Amarillo, Texas about a man who is unfairly executed for a crime he maintains he didn't commit and puts a curse on all those who sent him to his death.  (120 minutes)
7:30 pm
The Architect
When a couple sets out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of an uncompromising modernist architect who proceeds to build HIS dream house, instead of theirs.  (120 minutes)
7:30 pm
Trespass Against Us
Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police.  (120 minutes)
7:30 pm
Lion
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family.  (135 minutes)
8:00 pm
And Punching the Clown
Comedic singer-songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA by a renowned TV producer who wants to bring his uncanny story of failure to the screen.  (120 minutes)
9:00 pm
Friday Night "Party with a Purpose"
The Party begins and Partying with a Purpose has never looked so good! There will be live music and art, entertainment, food trucks, complimentary beverages and games in the beer garden.  (240 minutes)
Oct 1, 2016
10:30 am
The Cliff
A mass suicide involving members of a cult takes place in the Canary Islands. Gabriel's younger sister, Cordelia, who he hasn't seen for years, was one of the cult followers.  (90 minutes)
11:00 am
Demimonde
The story of three women living in Budapest of 1910s, whose passionate, bizarre and complex relationship can only lead to one thing: murder.  (90 minutes)
11:00 am
"the HUB" - Horton Plaza Park Festival Hub
The Festival Hub will be hopping all day long! "the HUB" will be open all day for hanging out with other cineophiles. Take a break in between films and attend "the HUB".  (540 minutes)
11:00 am
48 Hour Film Project Screening
The weekend of August 19-21 was a hectic one for teams of filmmakers competing in the 2016 San Diego 48 Hour Film Project. These films represent some of the best that were created.  (105 minutes)
11:30 am
Spaceman
From the executive producer of ‘Bull Durham’ and ‘White Men Can't Jump’ comes SPACEMAN, the mostly-true story of former all-star MLB pitcher Bill 'Spaceman' Lee.  (90 minutes)
11:30 am
PANEL : Hidden Figures
Access Hollywood Scott Mantz will lead a discussion with Melfi following the footage presentation, discussing how this highly anticipated film came to life.  (75 minutes)
11:30 am
Bridges to Education
What happens when high school students team up with City staff to envision solutions for some of the City's toughest problems, like vacant buildings and climate change? Their ideas might surprise you.  (60 minutes)
12:00 pm
Railway Spine
Witness the tragic story of loss through the eyes of a Vietnam Veteran in this coming-of-age period war and crime drama.  (120 minutes)
1:00 pm
Pushing Dead
When a struggling writer, HIV positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much.  (150 minutes)
1:00 pm
Global Consciousness Shorts Track
"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible" — Maya Angelou  (90 minutes)
1:00 pm
When Worlds Collide Shorts Track
Where the light at the end of the tunnel is not the light of day.  (90 minutes)
1:00 pm
Mama
In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends.  (120 minutes)
1:00 pm
In Utero
IN UTERO is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st Century – life in the womb.  (120 minutes)
1:30 pm
Te Ata
Te Ata (TAY’ AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time.  (120 minutes)
1:30 pm
PANEL: Actors Panel
A panel discussion featuring our special guest panelists who represent the craft of acting across the board.  (60 minutes)
2:00 pm
Political Animals
Political Animals tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement - through the eyes of four elected women - a group often left out of gay histories until now.  (105 minutes)
2:00 pm
The Sweet Life
Kenny and Lolita are each struggling with their own brand of demons. After meeting by chance in Chicago, they form a pact to travel cross-country to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge together.  (120 minutes)
2:30 pm
Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower
Bodyguards & Protection Agents are the individuals on the front lines for the rich, famous, and powerful.  (120 minutes)
3:00 pm
Crossroads Shorts Track
Whether by choice or by accident, the characters in this collection of films find themselves at a life-changing moment.  (75 minutes)
3:30 pm
No Pay, Nudity
Aging actor Lester Rosenthal aka Lawrence Rose (Gabriel Byrne), has lost his way with his career, his family, and his friends (Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy, & Boyd Gaines).  (120 minutes)
3:30 pm
Curious Voyage Shorts Track
It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.  (90 minutes)
4:00 pm
Crossing Bhutan
Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its primary yardstick for progress.  (60 minutes)
4:00 pm
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
A white author is sucked into a road trip, through the contemporary Native American landscape, by a Lakota Elder and his side-kick.  (120 minutes)
4:00 pm
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
The first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou.  (120 minutes)
4:30 pm
American Fable
When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her beloved father is hiding a wealthy man in her family's silo, she is forced to choose between saving the man's life or protecting her family.  (120 minutes)
4:30 pm
Julieta
Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband.  (105 minutes)
5:00 pm
Twisted Humor - Shorts Track
Where funny and irony meet up and go to the dark side.  (90 minutes)
5:00 pm
So B. It
SO B. IT is a tale of longing and family lies, of heartbreak and personal courage with just a touch of magical whimsy.  (120 minutes)
5:30 pm
Unexpected Endings Shorts Track
If you think you see it coming...think again.  (75 minutes)
6:30 pm
House of Norway
"House of Norway" is a political comedy/satire which takes a keen look at the relationship between western values and the hopes of those arriving here in these troubled times.  (105 minutes)
6:30 pm
Inn Saei: The Power of Intuition
Illustrated with gorgeous animation and stunning imagery, InnSæi is a film like no other, and one that offers radical insights into how we think and sense the world today.  (105 minutes)
7:00 pm
Chronically Metropolitan
Promising author Fenton (Shiloh Fernandez) ruffled feathers and lost the love of Jessie (Ashley Benson) when he published a thinly-veiled story about her family in The New Yorker.  (90 minutes)
7:00 pm
Po
Based on a true story, David Wilson's young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism.  (120 minutes)
7:00 pm
Denial
Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving sues her for libel.  (120 minutes)
7:30 pm
The Late Bloomer
When Pete's doctors find a pituitary tumor that has delayed his onset of puberty for 15 years, he undergoes what would normally be years of puberty in a matter of weeks.  (60 minutes)
7:30 pm
Opening Night
A failed Broadway singer who now works as a production manager must save opening night on his new production by wrangling his eccentric cast and crew.  (120 minutes)
7:30 pm
And Punching the Clown
Comedic singer-songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA by a renowned TV producer who wants to bring his uncanny story of failure to the screen.  (1560 minutes)
9:00 pm
Filmmaker Awards Show & Party
Celebrate with Filmmakers from around the world as we present the Jury Awards for the competition films at the Filmmaker Awards Show and Party.  (1260 minutes)
Oct 2, 2016
11:00 am
No Pay, Nudity
Aging actor Lester Rosenthal aka Lawrence Rose (Gabriel Byrne), has lost his way with his career, his family, and his friends (Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy, & Boyd Gaines).  (120 minutes)
11:00 am
Culinary Cinema Series: Ants on a Shrimp
Culinary Cinema is a curated experience pairing the food based documentary, ANTS ON A SHRIMP, with celebrated local chefs serving up a delicious food and wine pairing.  (105 minutes)
11:00 am
"the HUB" - Horton Plaza Park Festival Hub
The Festival Hub will be hopping all day long! "the HUB" will be open all day for hanging out with other cineophiles. Take a break in between films and attend "the HUB".  (420 minutes)
11:30 am
Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust
Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust is a documentary featuring Israeli master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust.  (90 minutes)
11:30 am
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
The first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou.  (120 minutes)
11:30 am
Inn Saei: The Power of Intuition
Illustrated with gorgeous animation and stunning imagery, InnSæi is a film like no other, and one that offers radical insights into how we think and sense the world today.  (90 minutes)
12:00 pm
Heart of a Soldier
Trauma of war doesn’t end with the guns stop firing.  (105 minutes)
12:30 pm
Culinary Cinema Series: Ants on a Shrimp
Culinary Cinema is a curated experience pairing the food based documentary, ANTS ON A SHRIMP, with celebrated local chefs serving up a delicious food and wine pairing.  (105 minutes)
1:30 pm
Road to the Well
A drifter pays a visit to an old friend whose mundane life is upended after the two become involved in a seemingly random murder.  (120 minutes)
1:30 pm
Children of the Mountain
With a moving score and beautiful photography, this is a wise tale that challenges a mother to either fight for her child, or succumb to a society that pressures her to abandon her child.  (120 minutes)
1:30 pm
The Incomparable Rose Hartman
The New York Times described Rose Hartman as being like the Tasmanian Devil (of photography). You may not know her by name but you’ve seen her work.  (90 minutes)
2:00 pm
The Sweet Life
Kenny and Lolita are each struggling with their own brand of demons. After meeting by chance in Chicago, they form a pact to travel cross-country to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge together.  (120 minutes)
2:00 pm
Love Is All You Need?
Prejudice. Human rights. Bullying. "Romeo and Juliet" meets "Crash" meets "Requiem for a Dream"...with a twist. Based on the multi-award winning short film of the same name.  (135 minutes)
2:30 pm
Curious Voyage Shorts Track
It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.  (90 minutes)
3:00 pm
Independent Animation Filmmaking Shorts Track
Offering the best in narrative and experimental animation, these fresh talents will amaze you.  (75 minutes)
3:30 pm
Railway Spine
Witness the tragic story of loss through the eyes of a Vietnam Veteran in this coming-of-age period war and crime drama.  (120 minutes)
4:00 pm
Epiphany
Epiphany is the story of internationally renowned wildlife photographer Ellen Cuylaerts on her journey to conquer her fear for water and sharks.  (120 minutes)
4:30 pm
Illusion Shorts Track
Step into a world where the seemingly impossible is actually quite possible.  (105 minutes)
4:30 pm
Dead Draw
25 million dollars, 8 safety deposit boxes, and months before anyone will know it’s gone.  (105 minutes)
4:30 pm
Crossroads Shorts Track
Whether by choice or by accident, the characters in this collection of films find themselves at a life-changing moment.  (90 minutes)
4:30 pm
Chairman's Award Winner Screening
Chairman's Award Winner is CITIZEN SOLDIER! Congratulations!  (105 minutes)
5:00 pm
Documentary Award Winner Screening
Best Documentary Film Winner Screening winner is ...POLITICAL ANIMALS  (120 minutes)
6:00 pm
After Spring
With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next.  (120 minutes)
6:30 pm
The Architect
When a couple sets out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of an uncompromising modernist architect who proceeds to build HIS dream house, instead of theirs.  (120 minutes)
6:30 pm
Demimonde
The story of three women living in Budapest of 1910s, whose passionate, bizarre and complex relationship can only lead to one thing: murder.  (90 minutes)
6:30 pm
Po
Based on a true story, David Wilson's young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism.  (120 minutes)
7:00 pm
Fear Inc.
A horror junkie and his friends sign up with a company that brings their customer's greatest fears to life.  (90 minutes)
7:00 pm
The Eagle Huntress
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholopan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter.  (120 minutes)
7:30 pm
Feature Award Winner Screening - SO B. IT
Best Feature Film Winner is SO B.IT  (120 minutes)
7:30 pm
Surprise Spotlight Screening
Enjoy a surprise screening at the festival! Past Surprise screenings have been...Whiplash and Room.  (120 minutes)
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