Sir Patrick Stewart will receive Gregory Peck Award at San Diego Film Festival


The San Diego International Film Festival (SDiFF), produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced today that iconic stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart will be the recipient of the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema.

The awards will be presented October 5th at The VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute at the Pendry Hotel San Diego in Downtown San Diego, CA.

Additionally, the festival announced its full line up of films, including Spotlight, Competition and Short Film sections. Now in its 16th year, the San Diego International Film Festival will run from October 4th through October 8th in San Diego, CA. The most up to date festival information is available at

Patrick Stewart is one of the most acclaimed and beloved performers working today, with numerous and varied roles on both stage and screen, earning Golden Globe, SAG, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. Earlier this year, Stewart starred as ‘Professor Charles Xavier’ in the latest X-Men epic “Logan,” reprising a role he originated in the first installment of the franchise in 2000 and earning some of the best reviews of his career. Though he is perhaps best known from his years on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Stewart’s impressive list of credits spans more than 40 years and countless memorable roles, including recent acclaimed performances in “Green Room,” “Match,” and the starz COMEDY “Blunt Talk.” Stewart is a three-time Olivier Award winner and an Honorary Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2001, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth conferred on Stewart the order of the Officer of the British EMPIRE (O.B.E.), and in 2010, he received a knighthood for his services to Drama. His philanthropic efforts include his longtime support of Amnesty International and his role as a Patron of both Refuge and Combat Stress in the UK.

Patrick Stewart has captivated audiences for years with spectacular performances, from Star Trek to his career defining performance in Logan earlier this year, as well as his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated performance as Captain Ahab in Moby Dick, a role which Mr. Peck made famous more than 40 years earlier. We couldn’t be more excited to honor him this year with the Gregory Peck Award,” said Tonya Mantooth, Executive and Artistic Director of the San Diego International Film Festival.

Created in honor of famed actor and San Diego area native Gregory Peck, with the support of his family, this award is given to an individual whose work has made a profound impact on THE ART OF cinema. Launched in 2014, the first recipient of the award was Alan Arkin, with Annette Bening receiving the award last year.

Leading the program at this year’s festival are the Spotlight Films screenings, which include 10 titles altogether of various genres.

In addition, SDiFF is proud to screen narrative, documentary and short films, both in and out of competition, vying for top award honors. THE LINEUP below includes 117 films total, 10 Narrative Spotlight Competition films, 18 Narrative Competition films, 12 Documentary Competition films, 5 Documentary Spotlight Competition films, and 72 Short films.

Screenings will be held in the newly renovated historic Balboa Theater and Regal Theaters in Downtown San Diego, and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. The complete list of 2017 San Diego Film Festival titles including descriptions will soon be available at

Passes are currently on sale to VIP members and the general public. In addition to screenings and events, passes provide access to the official festival lounge and parties where pass holders interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. Individual tickets will go on sale beginning August 30th.

For more information regarding passes/tickets, press accreditation, industry passes, or sponsorship opportunities, visit

More additions will be added to the program and announced soon.


Narrative Spotlight Films (10)

  • The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Dir. Jared Moshe, USA, West Coast Premiere
  • Breathe, Dir.Andy Serkis, USA, West Coast Premiere
  • Thelma, Dir. Joachim Trier, Norway, United States Premiere
  • Dismissed, Dir. Benjamin Arfmann, USA, World Premiere
  • Dog Years, Dir. Adam Rifkin, USA, West Coast Premiere
  • The Divine Order, Dir. Petra Volpe, Switzerland, Southern California Premiere
  • Juvenile, Dir. Bradley Buecker, USA, West Coast Premiere
  • The Bachelors, Dir. Kurt Voelker, USA, San Diego Premiere
  • Thumper, Dir.Jordan Ross, USA, California Premiere
  • My Friend Dahmer, Dir. Marc Meyers, USA, San Diego Premiere

Narrative Competition (18)

  • Selling Isobel, Dir.Rudolf Buitendach, Sweden/USA, World Premiere
  • Butterfly Caught, Dir. Manny Rodriguez Jr., USA, World Premiere
  • The Lonely Italian, Dir. Lee Farber, USA, World Premiere
  • Juggernaut, Dir. Daniel DiMarco, Canada, North American Premiere
  • Otherlife, Dir. Ben C. Lucas, Australia, North American Premiere
  • Storm Letters of Fire, Dir. Dennis Bots, Netherlands, North American Premiere
  • Room for Rent, Dir. Matt Atkinson, Canada, United States Premiere
  • Under the Rose, Dir. Josue Ramos, Spain, United States Premiere
  • A Prominent Patient, Dir. Julius Sevcik, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United States Premiere
  • Life Hack, Dir. Sloan Copeland, USA, West Coast Premiere
  • Heart, Baby!, Dir. Angela Shelton, USA, San Diego Premiere
  • Hard Surfaces, Dir.Zach Brown, USA, San Diego Premiere
  • The Price, Dir. Anthony Onah, USA, West Coast Premiere
  • Scent of Rain and Lightening, Dir.Blake Robbins, USA, California Premiere
  • GUN, Dir. Sam Upton, USA, Southern California Premiere
  • Entanglement, Dir. Jason James, Canada, San Diego Premiere
  • And Then There Was Eve, Dir. Savannah Bloch, USA, San Diego Premiere
  • 20 Weeks, Dir. Leena Pendharkar, USA, San Diego Premiere

Spotlight Documentary Films (5)

  • The Last Animals, Dir. Kate Brooks, UK/USA, California Premiere
  • Apache Warrior, Dir. David Salzberg & Christian Tureaud, USA, World Premiere
  • WASTED! Story of Food Waste, Dir. Anna Chia & Nari Kye, USA, San Diego Premiere
  • Behind the Curtain:TODRICKHall, Dir. Katherine Fairfax Wright, USA, Southern California


  • Resistance is Life, Dir. Apo W. Bazidi, USA/Turkey, San Diego Premiere

Documentary Competition (12)

  • Becoming Who I Was, Dir. Moon Chang-Yong & Jeon Jin, South Korea, California Premiere
  • 42 Grams, Dir. Jack C. Newell, USA, California Premiere
  • Herd, Dir. Stefan Morel, Canada, California Premiere
  • Blind Spot; Moments Unseen, Dir. Stefan Morel, Canada, California Premiere
  • Down the Fence, Dir. MJ Isakson, USA, Southern California Premiere
  • Spirit of Discovery, Dir. Eliana Alvarez Martinez, USA, World Premiere
    · RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?, Dir. David McIlvride & Roger Williams, Canada, San Diego Premiere
  • Poisoning Paradise, Dir. Keely Shaye Brosnan & Teresa Tico, USA, San Diego Premiere
    · Legion of Brothers, Dir. Greg Barker, USA, California Premiere
  • Mankiller, Dir. Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, USA, San Diego Premiere
  • The Lavender Scare, Dir. Josh Howard, USA, Southern California Premiere
  • Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and Rise of Isis, Dir. Sebastian Junger & Nick Quested, USA, San Diego Premiere

Source: Broadway World


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