Festival Events

In additional to great films and panel discussions, the 2021 festival includes two special events for you to enjoy.

image from behind a video cameraThursday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific)
Panel Discussion | Filmmaking: Funding & Distribution

Description: This event features a panel of industry leaders working with independent filmmakers. New, emerging, and professional filmmakers will hear opportunities for funding new projects and best practices for taking a finished film down the path of distribution.
Panelists: Michael Kinomoto, Sr. Manager, Production & Supervising Producer, ITVS; Hilary Finkel Buxton, Director, Content Development and Production Executive, APT; Sarah K. Bilodeau, Director, PBS Plus; Jim Browne, Film Consultant, Argot Pictures; Jodi Cilley, Founder, Film Consortium San Diego
Cost:  FREE



Photo of awards stage & filmmakers from the 2019 celebrationSaturday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Awards Celebration
Description: US Army Veteran and comedian Thom Tran hosts this celebration, honoring excellence in filmmaking in 13 different award categories including Best Documentary Feature, Local Film Showcase – Best Short, Best International Film, Best Student Film and more.  This exciting event offers you an opportunity to meet these talented filmmakers, interact with other attendees, and explore resources from our sponsors and partners.
Cost: $40 for general admission / $35 for military, veterans, students, and KPBS members / FREE for All Access Passholders