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By Film Threat Staff | August 13, 2008

When the 2008 San Diego Film Festival launches in San Diego’s Gaslamp District on September 25th, it’ll be bringing with it gala parties, entertaining and educational panels and some “New for 2008” film series.

Co-founded by an award-winning filmmaker, San Diego Film Festival is dedicated to supporting diverse, independent films. Each year they work hard to program an incredible line-up of over 75 films that showcase a wide range from new comers to films that go on to earn commercial success and win multiple Academy Awards ™.

Providing direct access to those behind the scenes, Q&A sessions with cast and filmmakers immediately follow most screenings.

Fresh Features: From wild comedies to edgy plotlines and heart-felt dramas, this series is comprised of world premieres mixed in with award-winning narratives from around the world, never before seen in San Diego.

Reel Life Docs: Based on true stories, this documentary section provides a vivid reflection of the world beyond our doors— taking you places you might never have to chance to see and introducing you to people you will be glad you got to know.

Short? Perfect! Comprised of five distinct film programs (each with approximately eight short films that run an hour and a half), this short film series takes you on a journey that makes you laugh, cry and perhaps even question the world around you.

Film Rocks: Through musically-inspired short films and music videos, “Film Rocks” celebrates the evolving and symbiotic relationship between music and movies.

Local Love: A collection of films that features filmmakers who currently live in San Diego, were born in San Diego, or films that were primarily shot in San Diego County.

Green Screen: New in ’08! A fun, interactive short documentary series showcasing the simple things people around the world are doing to make our planet “green.” The films highlight topics from global warming to recycling to enlighten and inspire you to take action, right in your own backyard.

Little Critics: New in ’08! Curated by KIDS FIRST!, Little Critics is an interactive showcase for new independent children’s films, geared towards kids ages 3 – 12. Kids will learn fun history lessons, take whirlwind trips to faraway lands and sneak a peak at San Diego premieres. Surprises, giveaways and sweet treats await SDFF’s youngest film enthusiasts.

Physical Graffiti: New in 08! An action sports film series celebrating the human spirit in the pursuit of its passion. Featuring fresh films, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and appearances by pros.

All film screenings will be held at the Gaslamp Theater (formerly known as Pacific Gaslamp 15 Theatre), 701 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101

Here’s a sneak peak at just some of this year’s panels!

WRITE: The Secrets of Screenwriting from Page to Premiere
Writing the great American screenplay is one thing, but selling it is another story. Get practical advice from industry professionals who will share the secrets of screenwriting. Learn the basics of script writing, selling it non-traditionally, marketing your project and negotiating the deal.

SEE: Everyone’s doing it. Experimenting with 3D that is.
With over 700 theaters now set up to project in 3D, this medium is no longer a novelty. Learn about the latest 3D technology and film projects in the works. Presented by 3D Film Factory.

BUZZ: How to Deal with the Online Buzz Machine
Looking to build buzz online for your film? Learn from the experts how to approach and engage new media to promote yourself and your projects. Hosted by John Campea, senior editor of Movie Blog.

SHINE: How to Break into Film
What does it take to get your foot in the door? From production assistant to landing a leading role, meet working film industry professionals who will share tips for breaking into the industry.

SHOOT: Making Movies in Your Own Backyard
Hey Filmmakers! Looking for the perfect place to shoot your first film? Look no further. Everything you need to get your project off the ground is right here in your own backyard. Meet veteran filmmakers who will share tips, secrets and resources available to shoot a film in American’s Finest City. Hosted by Film Threat’s own Chris Gore.

All panels are held Saturday, September 27 at Borders Books & Music (corner of Sixth & G in the Gaslamp Quarter) and are free to the general public on an availability basis. Priority seating is reserved for passholders.

Because no film festival is complete nowadays without some solid opportunity for filmmakers, staff and audience alike to get they party on!

944 Magazine Opening Night Premiere & Party
September 25, 2008
9 p.m. – Midnight
Location TBD
Walk the red carpet at the Opening Night Feature Film Premiere at the Gaslamp Theater. Then slip past the velvet rope for the 944 Opening Night Premiere Party.

Limelight PR Industry Party
September 26, 2008
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
W San Diego Hotel
Get the first look at the new Thom Filicia-designed lounges and bars as SDFF takes over W Hotel from the rooftop to the ground-floor lobby. A must-attend for anyone already in the business or looking to hang with the hip insiders.

GQ Magazine Actors Ball & Awards Ceremony
September 27, 2008
9 – 11:30 p.m.
The New Children’s Museum
A night at the museum. Come see what happens when the lights go out! SDFF’s Actor’s Ball & Awards Ceremony offers the perfect opportunity to get your glam on and star gaze.

Heineken Closing Night Film & Wrap Party
September 28, 2008
9 p.m. – Midnight
After a fabulous four days of films, wind down at the official SDFF Wrap Party.

GQ//HQ at W Hotel
Everything a filmmaker needs, and more, is at the Hospitality Suite @ SDFF’s official host hotel, W San Diego. Located in W’s Magnet Lounge (adjacent to RICE), filmmakers grab breakfast daily, collect their welcome packages and check in with SDFF staff on the day’s happenings. The Hospitality Suite is also host to the SDFF VIP Style Salon. VIP Passholders can book style services with the Hospitality Suite staff to get glammed-up before the evening’s events.

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