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Film director Santiago Maza Stern to join other shorts directors for panel discussion during San Diego International Film Festival

October 6, 2020 (San Diego) - This year’s film, Todavía Después (English: Still After), directed by Santiago Maza Stern premieres during the San Diego International Film Festival as part of the Docu-Drama shorts. Director Santiago Maza Stern will also speak on the shorts director panel where patrons will get to hear directly from Santiago and other directors in the shorts category. The San Diego International Film Festival runs through October 18th.

— Jose Cuervo Tradicional® — the original 100% agave tequila — returns to the San Diego Film Festival to share another installment in their Día De Muertos (English: Day of the Dead) film series. Each year, Cuervo Tradicional captures different traditions around Mexico — sharing storied Día De Muertos moments from different Mexican filmmakers.

See the Film/Join the Q&A

Todavía Después is available on demand in the DOCU-DRAMA SHORT track in the Virtual Village Cove Theatre  from Oct 15-18

DOCU-DRAMA Q&A:  Sunday October 18th at 12:30 Director, Santiago Maza Stern joins other filmmakers from the DOCU-DRAMA SHORT Track for a Virtual Q&A with Festival attendees in the Bonviv Cafe.

In Todavía Después, director Santiago Maza Stern, creator of the award-winning documentary The Thunder Feast, unveils an inside look at the town of Pomuch, Mexico as locals prepare for their Día De Muertos celebration. This includes the Mayan ritual of cleaning and caring for loved ones’ skeletons. They believe the body remains able to see and feel even long after the passing away of the person. Therefore, the cemeteries are long corridors where skulls and bones peek from crates to enjoy the view. Viewers also get to observe the preparation of beautiful linens for family’s mantles, ofrendas, and a look at the importance of gathering fresh flowers and candles so families can all celebrate the mystical Día De Muertos together. Then, join these families as they walk in their Día De Muertos festival and welcome back the souls of the dead.


About The San Diego International Film Festival: 

The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. The Festival offers a totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases and the best in independent filmmaking. We believe cinema is a catalyst for positive change. The festival programming is diverse – however everyone has a genre that speaks to their heart – including us. With a passion for social impact topics, we’ve focused the lens on curated independent films that explore the issues affecting our world including homelessness, prejudice, pollution of the world’s rivers, animal and environmental extinction, sustainability, sex-trafficking, military stories and more.


About the San Diego Film Foundation:


Our mission is to use the experience of film to explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world.  We leverage these important conversations via our partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego Unified School District to use cinematic storytelling to help educate future leaders on key issues affecting our communities and world. Our newest partnership is with UC San Diego Extension to create a Social Impact Film Channel on the UCTV platform that will support the United Nation’s ‘17 Sustainable Development Goals to Transform our World’.  The festival will curate films from around the globe to help further conversations and understanding of these U.N. goals and hopefully inspire action.

A 501c.3. The San Diego Film Foundation brings the finest independent cinematic storytelling from around the world to San Diego each year. We present films that make a difference through a robust variety of events and programs including:

  • The Re-Imagined SD Int’l Film Festival (Virtual and Drive-In October 15-18, 2020)
  • September Drive-in Movie series in partnership with Westfield UTC (Sep 18-26)
  • FOCUS on Impact Film Tour for High School Students 
  • Film Insider Screenings 




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