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Welcome to SDAFF 2020! As this year’s festival will be a largely digital experience, we have put together this guide to help you navigate the virtual festival as well as address questions you might have about tickets and streaming.


Virtual Festival

Tickets for films and Q&As will be available on our website at Most films will be accessible to all residents with billing zip codes inside the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. A select number of films will be restricted to California or San Diego County residents only. While most films will be available to stream during our entire festival (12:00am Oct. 23, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31, 2020), a select number of films will have limited screening windows



To purchase screening tickets for a film or live Q&A:

  • Choose the film or Q&A and review the ticket or pass options as well as any information regarding availability. 
  • Select the ticket/pass you would like to purchase and proceed to checkout. Please note that free screenings and Q&As will still require a generated ticket. 
  • Pac Arts members will be prompted for a code to unlock the member tickets/passes. Please refer to your member e-newsletters for the code.
  • After your transaction has been completed, you will receive an email confirmation instantly. For screenings and Q&As, your confirmation will include a link to watch the film/Q&A during the allowed time frame as well as any details specific to the event.
  • SDAFF Drive-In! tickets can be printed or presented using your mobile device upon check-in at the designated venue. 
  • This year SDAFF is offering specially priced ticket bundles called Theme Packs. Check out what’s available here. There’s a pack for everyone!

Watch the video below on how to purchase All-Festival Passes, Tickets, Drive-In Tickets, and Q&A registrations.

Film Screening Windows

The majority of SDAFF 2020 films will be available to stream from 12:00am Oct. 23, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31, 2020, Pacific Time. A select number of films will have limited screening windows which are listed here. After clicking on the screening link provided in your confirmation email and starting the film, you will have 24 hours to finish the film. No extensions will be allowed for unwatched or unfinished films. 



SDAFF 2020 includes a variety of live and pre-recorded filmmaker Q&As. While Live Q&A tickets are free to the public, a virtual ticket must still be redeemed to participate. Pre-recorded Q&A’s for select films will be included with the purchase of a screening ticket and will immediately follow the feature film. The Live Q&A schedule, as well as listing of films with pre-recorded Q&As, can be found here


SDAFF Drive-In!

On certain nights throughout the festival, SDAFF 2020 will be presenting special SDAFF Drive-In! screenings at select locations. Please visit our SDAFF Drive-In! page for more information!


Box Office

Navigating an online festival can be tricky. If you run into any issues, please contact our Box Office at or fill out our Technical Support Form. You can also leave us a voicemail at 619.400.5911.

We will be available from 9:00am to 5:00pm from October 23rd to 31st. Your questions will be answered as soon as possible in the order in which they are received.


How to Watch Films Online

Watch the video below to see how to watch the films and how to cast to your TV with Google Chromecast or Apple TV Airplay.

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