Film Insider Series

Monthly Screenings (February - July)


Join us for 6 fun film screenings Feb – July.

Previously only available to VIP Passholders. The Film Insider Screening Series features 6 private film screenings with a cocktail party, Q&A with special guests and post champagne reception. The film selections are curated by Executive and Artistic Director, Tonya Mantooth. Included in the 2017 VIP All Access Pass or the screening series may be purchased separately.

SCREENING DATES: Feb 8, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18



2017 FILM Insider Series Schedule

February 8th

Big Little Lies

A brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Many thanks to actor James Tupper for attending the screening and after-party. Check out the fun!

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March 21st 

In Search of Fellini

A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.

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April 18th

The Lost City of Z

Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, THE LOST CITY OF Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

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May 16th

Coming Soon

June 13th

Coming Soon

July 18th

Coming Soon

2016 Selections







Frequently Asked Questions

How do I RSVP for the screenings?

2 Weeks prior to the screening Patrons and anyone who has purchased an All Access VIP Pass or Film Insider Series will receive an invitation.

When are each month’s screenings announced?

It depends on the month. Usually the film selection is announced about 3-4 weeks before the screening date. If we can announce films sooner we do.

When does the invitation get sent to Patrons, All Access VIPs and Film Insider Series pass holders?

All pass holders will receive the invitation to RSVP 2 weeks before the event date. Patrons receive it 2 days before everyone else.

What if I did not receive the email invitation and I purchased a pass?

First, check your spam folder. Sometimes it goes there. Please make sure you add San Diego Film Festival to your safe sender list. If that is not the case…ask the person who purchased the passes. Sometimes we only have the email of the person who purchased the passes. If you want to add an email address then please email: to update.
If you still didn’t receive the invitation for any reason, please email us at and we will get you RSVP’d!

Can I bring a guest?

Only people who purchase a pass can attend the Film Insider Series.

Once I purchase an ALL Access VIP Pass or Film Insider Series do I need to RSVP every month?

Yes! The screenings sell out each month so it is very important to reserve your seat as soon as possible.

If someone with a pass is under 21 can he/she attend the Film Insider Series?

Yes. Upon checking in the person under the age of 21 will be given a wristband to wear throughout the event.

Are food and beverages included in the evening?

Yes! The pre-reception has an assortment of drinks, adult beverages and appetizers. Following the screening is the post-reception where you can enjoy champagne and dessert.

Is there valet parking?

There is no valet parking during the year round series.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for?

Please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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