|Location||San Diego and La Jolla|
|Awards||Gregory Peck Award, Chris Brinker Award|
The San Diego International Film Festival is an independent film festival that takes place annually in San Diego, California and is produced by the non-profit San Diego Film Foundation.. Held in September and/or October across two "villages" in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and in La Jolla.
The festival showcases contemporary narrative feature, shorts and documentary films in competitive juried categories. These categories, or "tracks", vary year to year. Categories have included foreign language, animated, Native American, military, social justice, equestrian and more.
The Festival also hosts awards banquets, panel discussions, retrospectives and parties during the festival. Year round advanced screenings of new films are held for VIP members year round, educational programs are brought into San Diego high schools and an annual Oscar watch party.
The Festival and non-profit film foundation was founded in 2001 by event planner Robin Laatz and her filmmaker husband Karl Kozak. During the first decade (2001 to 2011) the festival played host to thousands of film premieres, filmmakers, actors and film enthusiasts. The couple introduced several specialty film series, including Native American, Student Short Film sections, Women in Film and a year-round film screening series at MOMA. 
New festival leadership took over in 2012. Husband and wife producers Dale Strack and Tonya Mantooth (sister of actor Randolph Mantooth), along with Kevin Leap and Patti Judd, make up the executive board.
In 2012, the festival established a "Native American Advisory Board." In 2017, its name was changed to "American Indian Advisory Board."
In 2013, film critic Jeffrey Lyons was added as festival host and made honorary jury chairman in 2013. He has acted as host or co-host, with son Ben Lyons or Access Hollywood film critic Scott Mantz, ever since.
In 2016, the festival added International to its name, having previously been known only as the San Diego Film Festival.
The festival's highest award was created in 2014 in memory of San Diego native Gregory Peck and with the support of his family. Recipients have included Patrick Stewart, Annete Bening and Alan Arkin.
Created by the family of Chris Brinker, a San Diego area producer best known for The Boondock Saints and its sequel who died tragically in 2013 at the age of 42. The award is given every year to the best first time directors.
The festival offers other awards whose names, like the Vanguard, Visionary and Rising Star award, vary every year. Other festival honorees have included: