COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update
After over a year of uncertainty, we are thrilled that the vaccine is being distributed and the ability to safely gather is becoming more and more of a reality. As we continue to return to “normal life”, here at Film Week we are beginning to plan our 2021 Film Week and are excited at the opportunity to hold Film Week, once again, in the venues that have hosted us for many years prior to the pandemic. Film Week 2021 will be held in Fall of 2021 and will include many of the 2020 films displaced by the pandemic.
Film lovers will enjoy hundreds of local and international films in a safe, clean environment at the (tentative) AMC La Jolla.
What happened to 2020 Film Week?
We didn’t let 2020 Film Week disappear. Film Consortium San Diego was pleased to announce that the Best of selections from the 2020 San Diego Film Week and the Quarantine Film Challenge was screened as part of the 2020 San Diego International Film Festival from October 15-18th, 2020.
This platform brought San Diego’s locally produced films to a much wider regional and international audience and positioned Film Week with one of the most thrilling and successful film festivals in San Diego. San Diego Film Week, originally slated to be held in early spring, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Highlighting San Diego’s celebrated film community, 2020 Film Week was a virtual showcase of our 60 local films as well as over 60 films produced through the Quarantine Film Challenge. San Diego Film Week selections are all produced by local filmmakers, ranging from students to award-winning veterans.
Films from the Quarantine Film Challenge are local, national and internationally produced and document the unique experience of the pandemic by creative filmmakers in quarantine from around the world.
CEO and Artistic Director of the Festival, Tonya Mantooth said “The San Diego International Film Festival was thrilled to show our support for San Diego’s local filmmaking industry. Now more than ever it is important to share resources. The San Diego International Film Festival has access to a broad international audience via our 2020 Festival footprint that showcased over 120 feature films, documentaries and shorts.
This year we created a theater in our 2020 Virtual Village that celebrated the best of San Diego Filmmakers with San Diego Film Week programming. We were pleased to share the fantastic work that is coming out of our city with a broader audience.”
“Our vision is to increase the quality and quantity of productions here in San Diego,” says Film Week Founder and President Jodi Cilley. “To accomplish that we program films from San Diego’s student, independent and professional filmmakers.
The 2020 selection highlighted diverse films and filmmakers including selections from women, LGBTQ plus filmmakers and people of color. We’ve always worked to bring local films to a global audience, and having our films screened as part of the San Diego International Film Festival accomplished this is a big way.
San Diego International Film Festival
At the re-imagined 2020 San Diego International Film Festival, film lovers enjoyed features, documentaries and shorts online in the San Diego International Film Festival Virtual Village and on the big screen at the Festival Drive-In Movies at Westfield UTC.
Festival screenings were both on-demand and in real time -with a variety of scheduled events, panels and Q&A’s with the filmmakers. In addition, San Diego Film Week had our own theater in the Festival Virtual Village during the festival dates.
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