The 15th annual San Diego International Film Festival, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, brought stars to La Jolla, along with producers, writers and directors of award-winning independent films. The weekend featured screenings of 95 narrative, documentary and short movies, both in and out of competition, vying for honors at venues including Balboa Theater and Regal Theaters in Downtown San Diego, and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla.
The festival kicked off with a Night of the Stars award ceremony Sept. 29 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla campus. Those honored this year included Annette Bening (“American Beauty,” “The Kids Are Alright” “The Grifters,” “The American President,” “Being Juila,” “Bugsy”) receiving the Gregory Peck Award; Kate Beckinsale (“Pearl Harbor,” “Underworld”) receiving the Cinema Vanguard Award; Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), picking up the Rising Star Award; Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory”) receiving the Auteur Award; and Kweku Mandela (grandson of Nelson Mandela and founder of Out Of Africa Entertainment), receiving the Humanitarian Award. sdiff.com