SAN DIEGO – The director of “Anchorman,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and other various comedies will be honored during the 12th annual San Diego Film Festival, which is scheduled to get underway Wednesday night.
The festival kicks off with a screening of “12 Years as a Slave,” followed by an opening night party.
The five-day event, put on by the nonprofit San Diego Film Foundation, will include more than 100 films from 55 countries
“12 Years as a Slave” chronicles a pre-Civil War free black man who is kidnapped in New York and sold into slavery. The movie, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Gaslamp Reading Theater, 701 Fifth Ave., stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.
The opening night party is at 9 p.m. at Bang Bang, 526 Market St.
On Thursday, producer-director Judd Apatow will receive the festival’s Visionary Filmmaker award at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Apatow is known for the comedies “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”
The festival, which runs through Sunday, will also feature panels on critics, young actors and the business side of filmmaking.