OCT 4 – 8, 2017

Patron Circle



San Diego Film Foundation Patron Circle Members are an elite group of business leaders, successful artists and entrepreneurs, philanthropists and influential community advocates. Most importantly, they understand the power of film to educate, influence culture, and as well, entertain.

As a San Diego Film Foundation Patron Circle Member you’ll play a leading role by supporting the Foundation’s mission to elevate the very best in cinematic storytelling through the production of the San Diego International Film Festival, year round educational events for students, and outreach to the general public throughout San Diego County.

For the coming year, the San Diego Film Foundation will support five initiatives aimed at providing a greater understanding of social justice issues, the plight of returning military veterans, environmental sustainability, Native Americans, and women in film.

The Ultimate VIP Experience


Limited to 25 – $1,750 tax deductible

  • 2 Patron VIP Annual Membership Passes (non-transferrable)
  • Personalized Director’s Chair (Introductory Only)
  • Invitations to Private Patron Parties & Events
  • VIP Screening Series with Patron Reserved Seating (February – July)
  • Private Patron Circle Festival Kick-off Party
  • Private Patron Lounges at the Festival
  • Reserved Section at Festival Screenings
  • Chairman’s Reception at VARIETY’s Night of the Star’s Tribute
  • Reserved Seating for 2 at VARIETY’s Night of the Star’s Tribute
  • Recognition on-screen at VIP Screening Series Events
  • Recognition in the Festival Program
  • Recognition on the Festival Website


Limited to 15 – $4,000 tax deductible

All the benefits of the Director’s Circle, plus:

  • 2 Guest Tickets to each VIP Screening Series event. Reservations required
  • VIP Festival Passes for 2 additional friends or family. Reservations required.
  • Pre-Festival Ticket Reservation Concierge Service*
  • Filmmaker Meet & Greet at Festival, Hosted by SDiFF Founders Dale Strack & Tonya Mantooth
  • Sponsorship of a Festival Film (Recognition in the Festival Program)

* Ticket Reservation Concierge Service is for the Patron Pass Holders ONLY.

Guests using the additional VIP passes are responsible for making their own reservations for screenings and will only be seated in Patron reserved section based on availability.

A-LIST CIRCLE - $10,000

Limited to 10 – $8,000 tax deductible

All the benefits of the Director’s Circle, plus:

  • Total of 4 Guest Tickets to each VIP Screening Series Event. Reservations are required.
  • 2 Tickets to the Annual Monarch Awards
  • Attend the Celebrity Honoree Reception hosted by SDIFF Executive Director Tonya Mantooth at Monarch Luncheon
  • Total of 20 single screening festival tickets for family or friends. Must be redeemed online to reserve a screening.
  • Access to exclusive Preview Event with the SDIFF Executive Director Tonya Mantooth and SDIFF programming staff to get insider recommendations on must-see films and panels.


Limited to 15 – $12,000 tax deductible

All the benefits of the A-LIST Circle, plus:

  • (2) 5-Day Festival Passes – Name required by Sept. 1st
  • 2 Tickets to the Culinary Cinema Event
  • Total of 40 single screening festival tickets for family or friends. *Must be redeemed online to reserve a screening.
  • Personal Concierge assistance during the festival (Transportation, hotel, dinner/club reservations)
  • Walk the RED CARPET Opening Night before the Film (Exclusive to industry, filmmakers and celebrities only.)


Limited to 5 – $20,000 tax deductible

All the benefits of the Red Carpet Circle, plus:

  • Total of 6 Guest Passes to the VIP Screening Series. *Reservations are required for guests.
  • Total of 4 VIP Festival Passes
  • Total of 50 single screening festival tickets for friends and family!
  • Celebrity meet & greet opportunity during VARIETY’s Night of the Stars Tribute
  • Designated underwriter of a FILM AWARD during Filmmaker Award Show
  • Sponsorship of a Feature Presentation at the Festival* *At the discretion of the Festival producer; may include Opening Night, Spotlight Feature and Closing night.


A customizable festival experience, for benefits and recognition contact Merridee Book at 619.778.0848 or Merridee@SDFilmFest.com.

Shine the spotlight… San Diego Int’l Film Festival Oct 4 – Oct 8, 2016

The cornerstone of the San Diego Film Foundation is the San Diego International Film Festival which is one of the leading stops on the independent film festival circuit where first time and veteran filmmakers debut their latest work to command the attention of audiences, often for the first time.

Last year film lovers were introduced to great stories from independent filmmakers selected from over 60 countries who submitted nearly 2,000 films for consideration at the San Diego International Film Festival. There were many films to be savored of the 100 films selected for competition or viewing in the line up.

At the center of the film screenings are the major studio movie premieres that provide the Festival with its opening night selection and an assortment of star-studded films, many that have gone on to awards season acclaim just months after.

Join the party… Festival Events

As a Patron Circle Member you’ll be on the guestlist for special invites and exclusive access to Festival and industry events. You’ll party with the stars at the Opening Night film and After-Party, presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal, and the invitation-only Chairman’s Reception, followed by the VARIETY’s Night of the Stars Celebrity Tribute, where in the past we have honored film icons like Adrien Brody, Geena Davis, Judd Apatow, Beau Bridges, Eli Roth, Alan Arkin, John Boyega more. Plus, bring your party shoes for the Friday Night Party With A Purpose. Add the Saturday Night Filmmaker Awards  — and the savory Culinary Cinema and you’ve got the top picks!

Immerse yourself… Year Round Events

As a San Diego Film Foundation Patron Circle Member, you’ll receive invitations to our exclusive Oscar Party and the Monarch Awards — as well as enjoy stimulating film-related events throughout the year with fellow film loving Patron and VIP guests from the global film industry. The VIP Screening Series puts you up close and personal with post-screening Q&A sessions with featured actors and filmmakers.

Engage youth… Educational Programs

Patron Circle Members provide the means for FOCUS, the Foundation’s year round student educational program in local schools including classroom screenings with filmmakers, artistic residencies, and student film projects.

At last year’s Festival, 831 students and 56 teachers from 25 San Diego County Schools participated in two daylong events about filmmaking, digital media and careers in the industry.

Your support… makes the difference

Now more than ever, your gift as a Patron makes the critical difference in supporting great independent film in San Diego. The Patron Circle is a dynamic community of film fans who support film and experience premium access to the Festival. Mix and mingle with like-minded film lovers while enjoying a host of benefits. You are invited to join the patron circle and receive exciting benefits, making you an A’Lister and supporter all year.

This Festival is unique – you meet the stars up close and personal, and experience an astonishing array of films from all over the world. It is a celebration of movie making from every angle and perspective in a gorgeous setting!

Jeffrey Lyons, Festival Host, Film Critic

It’s been great to see the San Diego Film Festival’s growth and increasing importance over the past few years. Our Variety’s Night of the Stars event at the Festival has become a terrific early Awards Season showcase that raises the visibility of important filmmakers and key films in serious contention for major honors.

Steven Gaydos, Vice President, Executive Editor, VARIETY

Join the San Diego Film Foundation Patron Circle

We welcome both Individual and Corporate Donors as Patron Circle members. Patron Circle supporters enjoy an elevated Festival experience with perks and benefits reserved just for them!

For more information on our 2016 Benefits & Levels of Support, please contact Merridee Book at 619.778.0848 or Merridee@SDFilmFest.com.

The San Diego Film Foundation is an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking by developing stimulating film-related events throughout the year. Tax ID # 54-2084082