by Photo courtesy of the San Diego International Film Festival

The San Diego International Film Festival begins on Wednesday with in-person film screenings and an opening night party.

The curated independent films presented by this festival have covered topics such as homelessness, prejudice, pollution of the world’s rivers, animal and environmental extinction, sustainability, sex trafficking, military life, and more. This year's event follows partially virtual festivals in 2020 and 2021. 

“We really are putting the Fest back in Festival with the 2022 San Diego International Film Festival line-up! We are thrilled to be planning more in-person parties, panels, and screenings as well as bringing back our Night of the Stars Tribute. It’s going to be an amazing 5 days of coming back together for film, conversation, and celebrations!,” said San Diego International Film Festival CEO and Artistic Director, Tonya Mantooth in a statement.  

This will be the SDIFF’s 21st annual event begins Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 23 with a line-up of 155 films that include full-length features, documentaries, and short films. In-person screenings will be held at venues which include the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park and AMC UTC-14 at the Westfield UTC shopping center.

There also is a schedule of online screenings. 

The opening night screening will show James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” starring Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, and Anthony Hopkins take place at 7 p.m. at MOPA. The event’s closing night will show ​​Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light”, on Oct. 23 at 7:15 p.m. at AMC UTC-14. 

VIP pass holders can attend the pre-reception that kicks off the SDFF at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the MOPA in Balboa Park. Night of the Stars Tribute follows on Oct. 20, which will honor some of the film industry’s actors, directors, and filmmakers at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla starting at 5:30 p.m.  

Tickets for the films start at $16 and can be purchased online.

For a complete schedule, ticket options and a list of venues, visit

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