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Win 2 Passes to the San Diego Film Festival!

Want to win all-access passes to the 12th annual film festival? Enter the Patch contest here.

The San Diego Film Festival will be home to several unique events and tributes including a Gus Van Sant tribute and retrospective on Sept. 27, the first time his collective works will have been featured in a festival setting.  Also on tap are groundbreaking panels, including a discussion and screening of the documentary Trek Nation featuring Rod Roddenberry (son of the late Trek TGV/film producer Gene Roddenberry), and panel discussions with top level film executives including a Film Engine panel, a 3D panel with Legend 3D, the largest 3D conversion company in the U.S., and seminars for aspiring filmmakers—including packaging, selling, and distributing in today's new media market place—with dozens of respected industry leaders. 

Patch readers have a chance to win two passes to the festival. All you need to do is leave a comment telling us why you want to attend the festival. A winner will be selected at random. All comments must be in by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  

The festival pass, valued at $175 each, includes:

  • Official Festival Credential
  • All regular film screenings, No pre-film selection necessary
  • Invitation to Year-Round Events
  • Passholder Perks – (as in priority seating and things like that)
  • Gaslamp Theater Lounge Access
  • Panel Discussions (Restrictions Apply)
  • Premiere Screenings (Restrictions Apply)
  • Opening Night Party

Highlights of the Premiere Films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival include:

  • Red Line – World Premiere

Director:  Robert Kirbyson

Cast:  Nicole Gale Anderson, John Billingsle, Kunal Sharma

Synopsis:  Moments after departing from the Hollywood & Highland Metro Station, commuters on L.A.’s subway system experience a sudden explosion. Most passengers die on impact as the train is violently derailed and sent smashing into the tunnel’s walls.

        6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at Gaslamp

5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla

  • The Story of Luke – World Premiere

Director: Alonso Mayo

Cast:  Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Kristin Bauer, Cary Elwes

Synopsis:  Luke’s world is turned upside down when his grandmother dies and he is forced to live with his dysfunctional relatives who have no patience for him or his senile grandfather, who they quickly force into a nursing home. Luke is left with his grandfather’s final semi-coherent words: “Get a job. Find a girl. Live your own life. Be a man!” For the first time in his life, Luke has a mission. He is about to embark on a quest.

7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at Gaslamp

  • Man Inside – US Premiere

Director: Dan Turner

Cast: Ashley Thomas, Peter Mullan, Michelle Ryan

Synopsis:  Clayton Murdoch carries a terrible darkness inside him. As a boy he was exposed, by his father, to murder and gang culture,

With his father now in prison, Clayton struggles to overcome what he was groomed to become, in a city where every day there is a constant threat of violence and death.

8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept 27 at Gaslamp

  • 3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom – West Coast Premiere

Director: Jordan Roberts

Cast:  Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth, Whitney Cummings, Nora Dunn, Sam Anderson

Synopsis: A comedy about two brothers a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel and a pig.

7 p.m., Friday Sept 28 at Gaslamp and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Coast Room La Jolla

For more information and film schedule, visit www.SanDiegoFilmFest.com.  

Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who age 18 and older. Winner will be selected in a random drawing. The winner will receive two passes to the San Diego Film Festival. Approximate retail value of tickets: $350. Click the PDF above for complete Official Rules.

Jonathan Valdez September 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I would like to win because as a graduate student I have limited funds to watch certain movies and I would like to complete my goal of watching multiple movies on multiple days through the week.
Heather Neale September 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I love movies and have never attended a film festival! this would be awesome! thank you
Daniella September 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
San Diego has such a wonderful film community! Lets support them and see our festival grow.
Ed Sorrels September 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM
We would enjoy attending the films and lectures a lot and I ain't been to a party in years. But as being retired with the resulting tight money it is no longer an entertainment option for the wife and I.
Faryl Zaklin September 25, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I'd love to win because I am a major film buff, long time fan of Gus Van Sant and adore Charlie Hunnan.
Federico Zamora September 25, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I love film but I lack funds.
Stephen Wade September 25, 2012 at 03:26 AM
The best films seem to be at festivals. I'd love to attend but funds are tight right now.
Colleen Monroe September 25, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I would love a pass! I designed the costumes on Red Line and would love to be part of the opening party!. Cheers. Colleen Monroe costumecafepodcast.com
Maria Arroyo September 25, 2012 at 07:26 AM
I would love the tickets to take my daughter who is an aspiring film maker!
Carolanne brandt September 25, 2012 at 07:53 AM
I'd love to surprise my husband with some free passes. :) I've been listening to the interviews/coverage of the festival on Kpbs radio and it sounds like a really great event! There's even a film that was mostly filmed here in San Diego by a local cinematographer. :)
Claudia Satriano September 25, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I would love to have the experience of seeing new films. It's on my list of things to do and I thought of going to Colorado, but how wonderful to enjoy right here in San Diego!
Howard Woodward September 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
It is important to see which direction the film industry is taking. How creative their story line is and what if any does it have some underlying truth to those who will be watching the film. I would like to go as I have been a movie fan for over 50 years and understanding the mood and atmosphere of those movies help me communicate more intelligently about the industry.
Jan September 25, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I've never been to a film festival. How fun!!
Jesus Calleros September 25, 2012 at 02:52 PM
One of my favorite things about movies is observing the direct and indirect messages on social roles (gender, cultural, etc). Specifically how the movie industry can positively or negatively influence our perceptions of other groups. I like to review movies when I can and comment on those aspects. I have never attended a film festival, so I would like to go and of course bring my wife. Thanks.
Kelsey Bender September 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
As a Gus Van Sant fan for years I would love the opportunity to attend this film festival. I enjoy exploring all San Diego has to offer, however taking my budget into consideration, winning tickets to the festival would be amazing.
Lynda Holeva September 25, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I would love to take my son to this film festival. He is currently working on his first screenplay, and he would learn so much from this! Thanks!
Kimberly Golden September 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I would love to attend with my husband. We attended the Sundance Film Festival in Utah and would love to see how San Diego compares. It is amazing to see the talent and expressiveness of film makers. Thank you!
Jannette Kutchins September 25, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I have never attended, and would love to see what it's all about. Thank you for the opportunity!
Sarah Riccitelli September 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
As a college student studying Art History, I would love to study film as an art form. Plus I've never been to any type of festival before so it will be fun for me & a friend.
Joni September 25, 2012 at 06:59 PM
oh, the excitement of watching movies created by aspiring filmmakers. How does it get even better than that?!! count me in!! I would love to go!!
Kris Kelly September 25, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I've never been to a film festival and would love nothing more than to take my daughter who is an aspiring film maker at Chapman University. She's majoring in film production. What a special gift that would be.
Mary Ellen Teotico September 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I would LOVE to win passes this year for so many reasons! Most importantly, because the San Diego Film Festival always brings in the best films. This summer's Hollywood movie offerings have mostly been time wasters. I can always count on SDFF for brain food, like nothing coming out of mainstream theaters. I am a stay-at-home mom, and the SDFF is my once-a-year indulgence- time to focus on my passion for film
Catherine Kelly September 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Why would I like to attend the film festival? How much time and space do I have? Who would NOT want to attend? Such an opportunity is life-enriching in so many ways.
sosocal September 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I would like to win two free passes to the film festival so that I could give them to two good friends who richly deserve the treat!
JPT September 26, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Winning these tickets for my wife would be an incredible honor as not only is she selfless to her family (5 kids!), but to all our friends as well! Always looking for ways to stretch a dollar for the benefit of others so much so nothing is left for her! She is totally deserving!
Msformaldehyde September 26, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I would love to win and take my husband! We never get to do anything because we are always struggling. Would be nice to surprise him with these tickets:) It would really make our year!
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The contest is closed! Thanks to everyone for playing. You can also enter to win two tickets to the Almost Famous Block Party here: http://patch.com/A-ygd8
Gail Nacin September 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I would like the tickets for my son Anthony. He has his degree from Brooks Institute and film is his passion and would love to be able to attend this event. Thank you
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