The 13th edition of the festival is set to run from September 24-28 and will feature more than 100 screenings.
Produced by the non-profit San Diego Film Foundation, the festival expanded in 2012 and has added Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla as a venue.
12 Years A Slave (pictured) was one of the films that screened last year prior to the start of its US box office run.
“The San Diego Film Festival is the region’s premier event for the best of global and national independent films,” said chairman and CEO Dale Strack, whose team took over the festival in 2012.
“For many notable films, it is one of the first stops on the independent film festival circuit – consider it a sneak peek for anyone who loves to go to the movies.
“It is also a great opportunity to highlight San Diego County’s diverse cultural landscape and arts community.”
The San Diego Film Festival will begin announcing the line-up on September 1.