The 2016 San Diego International Film Festival begins today. The festival, which runs from September 28th to October 4th, will feature over 100 films in a variety of genres.
Films to look out for this year include Maya Angelou and Still I Rise, a documentary about the late author; Denial, a film in which a historian sued for libel must prove the Holocaust occurred; and The Late Bloomer, a movie about a man who undergoes puberty in his 30’s starring Johnny Simmons, J.K. Simmons, Jane Lynch, and Brittany Snow.
The festival encompasses a number of high-profile events. It begins in downtown San Diego with the screening of the Opening Night Film at the Balboa Theatre, followed by the SDiFF Opening Night After Party at the Westgate Hotel. September 29th is the Night of the Stars Tribute, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. Film critics Jeffrey and Ben Lyons will host the event and San Diego native Annette Bening will be awarded the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema. Culinary Cinema on October 2nd will include a documentary screening of Ants on a Shrimp followed by food and wine pairings put together by local chefs.