Headlines and Premier Films Announced for 11th Annual San Diego Film Festival

San Diego Film Foundation Names Headline and Premiere Films for the

11th Annual San Diego Film Festival –September 26-30, 2012

San Diego, CA, — September 12, 2012 – The San Diego Film Foundation announced today the headline and premiere films for the 2012San Diego Film Festival.   Sifting through 1,300 submissions from over 55 countries, the official films represent a broad spectrum of gripping narratives. Infused with new leadership and capital, the San Diego Film Festival is poised to raise this year’s profile with nearly 200 film screenings; including 11 World Premieres, 16 West Coast Premieres, and 4 US premieres. 

Headline Films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival include the Opening Night Premiere of  Wayne Blair’s story of love, friendship, and music in The Sapphires as well as the Spotlight Film The Oranges, directed by Julian Farino, with an all-star cast including Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Catherine Keener, and Allison Janey. Closing films include Grassroots, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Cedric the Entertainer, Cobie Smulders, Lauren Ambrose, and Tom Arnold and Quartet, a drama /comedy directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith.  The Horror Fest at Gaslamp, an exciting addition to this year’s festival, includes Martin McDonagh’s highly anticipated Seven Psychopaths, with Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and SamRockwell. 

World premieres include Robert Kirbyson’s survival story Red Line and Alonso May’s The Story of Luke, a quirky story of an autistic boys singular mission, starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Kristin Bauer, and Cary Elwes.  US Debut’s include The Man Inside, a thriller centered on a young boxer trying to distance himself from his father’s gangster past and directed by Dan Turner, and the indie comedy Frankie Goes Boom with RonPerlman, Chris Noth, Charlie Hunnam and Lizzy Caplan and directed by Jordan Roberts, makes it’s West Coast Debut. 

The San Diego Film Festival will also be home to several unique events and tributes including a GusVan Sant tribute and retrospective on September 27th, the first time his collective works will have been featured in a festival setting.  Also on tap are groundbreaking panels, including a discussion and screening of the documentary Trek Nation featuring Rod Roddenberry (son of the late Trek TGV/film producer Gene Roddenberry), and panel discussions with top level film executives including a Film Engine panel, a 3D panel with Legend 3D, the largest 3D conversion company in the U.S., and seminars for aspiring filmmakers – including packaging, selling, and distributing in today’s new media market place – with dozens of respected industry leaders. 

The festival’s nightlife promises to be exceptional this year as well. From September 26–30, The San Diego Film Festival will transform the entire Gaslamp district into a cinematic paradise with dozens of screenings and parties, including an “Almost Famous” Block party and outdoor screening hosted by the original Pennie Lane on Friday, September 28th and many other exciting premieres, parties, and red carpet events. For a full schedule of events, visit www.SanDiegoFilmFest.com.



  1. marisa quinn says:

    hey Suzette! met you at Comic-Con with Judi Shekoni from Twilight – love this article, hope to see you this weekend at SDFF! :o)

    • Suzette Valle says:

      Hi Marissa! It will be nice to see you again. So much happened with some of your co-stars after we chatted at that party at the Hard Rock, right? The final Twilight film you are in opens soon. You must be so excited! I’ll look for you at SDFF!! Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

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