Special Honor Award Recipients 2019


Greg Durbin

Professor, Television, Film, and Media Production Program, School of Theatre, Television, and Film, San Diego State University

Presented at the San Diego Film Awards on April 20th.  Get tickets here


Greg Durbin is a filmmaker and Professor in the Television, Film, and New Media Production Program at San Diego State University where he serves as Head of the Film Program. His experience spans independent film and video production, video art, documentary, and short subject films. He has worked professionally as a director, writer, cinematographer, editor, and storyboard artist.

Durbin’s work has been broadcast on PBS and The Sundance Channel, HBO, and many broadcast venues abroad. It has been exhibited in museums and festivals, including Venice, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, The Pacific Film Archives, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York where he is represented in that museum’s permanent collection. His short film, “Boundaries,” won 17 top national and international festival prizes, including the 2001 Slamdance Grand Jury Prize. Durbin was named “Best San Diego Filmmaker” by the 2007 San Diego Film Festival jury. Other significant honors include a Fulbright Fellowship in 2001 at the University of Barcelona, Spain where he delivered courses (in Spanish) on the short subject film, and the 2015 Faculty Monty Award representing the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.


Camie J. Carpenter, Hollywood Talent Associates

Presented at the Red Carpet Gala and Preview Night on April 11th.  Get tickets here.

Camie J. Carpenter is a talent manager to professional and up and coming actors and models of all ages, appearing on anything from local furniture store or casino  commercial, to a Guest Star role on a network TV show or a H&M model.   “Camie‘s devotion to her clients is sincere and ethical, she opens doors for her talent and obtains opportunities that may possibly secure their big break, but its up to the actor to follow through. I am blessed to work with people like Camie, she is a credit to the entertainment industry,”  says Academy Member, Tom Logan, DGA.  As a former child model, she graduated from the University of Southern California, worked in corporate America and the beauty industry, before the entering the entertainment industry.   In addition to her 18 Casting Director credits, her newest project is Producing, Lisa’s World a SAG-AFTRA New Media Series shooting its forth episode this June here in San Diego..  Her clients have previously won the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Child Actor at the San Diego Film Awards. At the 2018 San Diego Film Awards,  Best Actress and Best Child Actor were awarded to her talent.  This year her clients have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Writer. The San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Rising Star Award has been bestowed to her talent the last 2 years.  She is a guest speaker at  local high school and University acting programs.

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Options For All

Presented at the San Diego Film Awards on April 20th.  Get tickets here

Options For All exists to create hope, inspire dreams and achieve success. We serve  individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities toward becoming  fully participating members of their communities who can experience the pride  of personal and professional accomplishment from pursuit of their goals. Find out more at optionsforall.org





Jumpstart A Life:  Susan Davis, Joe Castanho, David Dawson and Sue Vicory

Presented at the Red Carpet Gala and Preview Night on April 11th.  Get tickets here.

Jump Start A Life began when two previous San Diego Film Awards Best Director Winners wanted to collaborate on a project that could “do some good in the world.” Less than three months later David S. Dawson and Susan Davis, with Joe Castanho and Sue Vicory, brought together over 135 San Diego filmmakers and entertainers to produce a 12-hour live-streamed variety show telethon and silent auction to benefit one of our own, Derek Johnston who has been living with Stage-4 Kidney Cancer since October 2016. Together these filmmakers raised $15,000 for Derek’s needs.

Jump Start A Life is an example of the power of our community when we come together and combine our talents for good.