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August 22, 2023

San Diego Italian Film Festival presents feStivale 2023, with the Theme of FORWARD

San Diego—The San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) returns to in-person screenings at the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art, with eight films screened in person and 13 virtual short film selections., October 3 - 14, 2023.

The San Diego Italian Film Festival returns this fall with a powerful theme: Forward. We want to share together an unforgettable cultural experience at the Museum of Photographic Arts and the Digital Gym, featuring captivating feature films, two shorts screening evenings with thirteen shorts from our Ristretto Award competition, and a big party, our feSta, to celebrate the 17th edition of our main event.

Not to mention two special screenings in preparation of our feStivale, at the Digital Gym and La Paloma. In the last few years, Victor Laruccia, the Founder and the President of the San Diego Italian Film Festival, selected some key themes for our main event: in 2020 the topic was Activism; in 2021 Resilience; last year Choice. This is our first feStivale without Victor’s guidance, and we choose to preserve his legacy and vision with the movies and events that we have put together to move Forward, following our values and mission to build a piazza together with our community. We love to enjoy Italian movies and with that passion we aim to create an Italian perspective.

Through the art of storytelling, we celebrate our shared humanity and the joys of coming together to rise as one. Join us as we embark on a journey of hope, inspiration, and unity, discovering the remarkable stories that illuminate our path Forward.

Details of all feStivale 2023 events and films and ticket packages can be found on the website: All films are screened at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park or online.

About the San Diego Italian Film Festival

Now celebrating its seventeenth season, the San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF), a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization, has made its mark on the local landscape, becoming among the most beloved film festivals San Diego has to offer. Each year it brings the passion, love, comedy, despair, and hope of the best of Italian film to San Diego, affording audiences the opportunity to learn about Italian film from scholars and directors who continue to influence filmmaking throughout the world.

The San Diego Italian Film Festival is about more than just movies—it is about identity, history, and a shared appreciation of Italian culture and great cinema. In a word, it is about community, a place for a diverse audience of film lovers and those who appreciate Italian culture. Movies and special events are presented year-round, celebrating Italian film and cuisine.

San Diego Italian Film Festival

Diana Agostini, Executive Director
Antonio Iannotta, Artistic Director

325 W. Washington St. #2100, San Diego, CA 92103