The San Diego International Film Festival is set to begin on October 10, with the opening night film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” starring Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer who made her living in the 70’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.  

This year seems to be the ‘year of the short film’ with titles featured from around the globe, including:

Spanish language film “El Lavaplatos,” or “The Dishwasher,” a touching and impactful story of a family that is victimized by the cartel,  inspired by real events.  The director, Jordan Jacinto, is a young upcoming filmmaker and actor in Los                                                          October 12, 7:00PM & October 13, 3:00PM    

Jordan Jacinto

“Bumper” (Le Créneau) by French filmmaker Nirina Ralantoaritsimba    In the film, Max, a young man full of ambition, has been dreaming of being accepted in a prestigious school of political science. October 13, 2:30PM  & October 14, 11:30AM  

Nirina Ralantoaritsimba

James Schlesinger will premiere his short film “These Broken Wings,” a moving drama about a man struggling to cope with the fallout of a tragic motorbike accident. James is following in the footsteps of his Oscar-winning uncle, John Schlesinger – one of Britain’s most acclaimed 20th century directors whose films include “Midnight Cowboy” and “Marathon Man.”                                      October 11, 5:30PM  & October 14, 4:30PM  

James Schlesinger

And award-winning actor Cameron McHarg will debut his film “Deer Season” which he wrote, directed and also stars. In the film, two estranged friends reunite for an awkward hunting trip in the country only to leave with a dark secret. October 11, 3PM  & October 13, 12PM  

Cam McHarg