Essential Film Festivals, FilmOut San Diego

FilmOut San Diego

The unofficial start to summer takes place May 29th with the opening of the 17th annual FilmOut San Diego.  FilmOut San Diego is a 3-day long LGBT Film Festival showcasing over 30 films.  Visitors are invited to the historic Observatory North Park Theatre, where film lovers can mingle with directors and cast members alike.

The Opening Night festivities include the premiere of Tab Hunter Confidential, a lively look at 1950’s teen heart-throb (and closeted gay), Tab Hunter.  This entertaining documentary recounts Tab’s experiences in Hollywood and features commentary and archive footage from a cast of modern and Old Hollywood favourites, including Paul Newman, Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds, Rock Hudson, John Waters, George Takei, and many more.  Tab Hunter will also be in attendance to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Day 2 of the FilmOut San Diego Film Festival presents an inspiring festival spotlight film, Game Face.  Directed by Michiel Thomas, Game Face presents a collection of moving stories of LGBT athletes in their quest for not only success on the playing field, but acceptance in society.

Closing out the festival is the star-studded California premiere of I Am Michael.  Starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto as gay activist Michale Glatze and his partner Bennet, respectively, the film follows Glatze, as he lands in some health problems that prompt him to renounce his gay life, turn to Christianity, and marry a woman (played by Emma Roberts).  Following the film, the FilmOut San Diego After Party kicks off at the nearby West Coast Tavern.

FilmOut San Diego

Film Festivals Location

Offering the perfect mix of warm sun and vibrant nightlife, San Diego is a welcoming gay friendly city with a loud and proud LGBT community at its heart.  The hub of the San Diego LGBT scene is the Hillcrest community, a lively uptown neighborhood that is home to countless Pride festivals and gay friendly bars and restaurants.  Traveling along Fifth Avenue, visitors will discover an eclectic mix of gay friendly clubs, coffee houses, and shopping boutiques, all surrounded by cozy southern California charm.

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Film Festivals Hotels

The sleek and stylish Andaz San Diego is perfect for the traveler who seeks a blend of style and comfort.  This modern 4-star hotel is located in San Diego’s historical center, minutes from key attractions.

For a break from the city, many travelers prefer the luxury Tower23 Hotel.  Situated on the beach in exclusive La Jolla, this boutique hotel offers guests unmatched luxury and breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean.

Travelers on a budget will enjoy the historic Bristol Hotel, a charming and affordable 3-star near the Gaslamp Quarter.  Offering surprising amenities and relaxed charm, this hotel is the perfect base for a journey throughout one of California’s most beautiful cities.


Dave Croyle

Dave Croyle

Dave Croyle is an advertising and marketing professional with a knack for building ideas and getting things done. Throughout his career he has written and produced creative work for a variety of brands, big and small. As a history buff and art geek, Dave is passionate about exploring cultures and seeing the world. Dave resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two dogs.