San Diego Film Fest 2013 Preview: 7 Can't-Miss Films & Events

Editor, Festivals; Los Angeles, California (@RylandAldrich)

California's border beach town gets a lot of coverage for its geeky super-hoedown San Diego Comic Con, but the city has its share more refined and film-centric events as well. The most notable of such events on the calendar is the annual San Diego Film Fest which kicks off tomorrow at sites downtown and in La Jolla. We've taken a look at the lineup and have picked a few can't-miss events for anyone spending the next few days in the sunny city to the South.

Opening Night Film: 12 Years A Slave

What a way to start things off! The festival opens on Wednesday, October 2 with the W.Coast premiere of one of the most notable films of the upcoming awards season. After lighting up the debate on how early is too early to call something an Oscar lock, Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave is packed with talent from star Chiewtel Ejiofor to supporters Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong'o, and an up-and-commer named Brad Pitt.

Read our TIFF Review of 12 Years A Slave

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