$25 – $75

Magic Hour Fest: Film, Music, and Food Festival

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Building 177 - Arts District, Liberty Station

2875 Dewey Road

San Diego, CA 92106

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Magic Hour Fest: Filipino food, beer garden, open mic karaoke, short films, photo booths, and live musical performances!

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San Diego Filipino Cinema's

Magic Hour Fest: Film, Music, and Food Festival

presented by The Filipino Channel

with special guests

Renowned Bay Area Filipina American rap artist Ruby Ibarra

and San Diego's very own Filipina American R&B singer Roann Ro Mesina

San Diego Filipino Cinema's Magic Hour Fest aims to unite Filipinos and the diverse community in San Diego through a celebration of award-winning short films, Filipino food and live musical performances.

Festival Features:

1. Film screenings of acclaimed short films by emerging Filipino American filmmakers Chrissie De Guzman, Stephen Lee, and Charles Gray

2. Live musical entertainment by renowned Filipina American Bay Area rap artist Ruby Ibarra and San Diego's own Filipina American R&B singer Roann Mesina

3. Amazing Filipino comfort and street food vendors

4. A beer garden featuring San Diego local craft beer and world-class Filipino beer

5. A VIP section where you can meet and greet with our sponsors, filmmaker guests, and performers (VIP perks details below)

6. Fun photo booths

7. And open mic karaoke (sign up link below)!


Ticket Prices

Online Early Bird (For a limited time only): $25

Online General Admission: $35*

At the door General Admission: $40

At the door Seniors Admission (65 years old and above; must present valid ID): $25

At the door Student Admission (high school and college students; must present current school year ID): $25

Kids under 12 years of age: FREE (limited to only one child under 12 per ticketed adult)

*$5 off per Online General Admission ticket when you purchase a minimum of 10 tickets. To purchase, please email info@sdfilipinocinema.org with the subject line Magic Hour Bulk Tickets. This doesn't apply to Early Bird tickets.

VIP Admission (Online purchase only): $75

VIP Perks include:

  • VIP express check-in lane
  • Catered appetizer
  • Two free drinks
  • Meet and greet with sponsors, filmmaker guests, and musical performers

FREE PARKING for everyone!

Although this is an indoor event with a few tables and chairs, you are free to hang out at the nearby park, so bring along your beach chairs and blankets! Just make sure we leave the park clean and free of trash. Also, make sure you come back with your ticket wristband to re-enter the event venue. Thank you!


This festival will help raise funds for our non-profit organization's programming initiatives and operations in 2020 and will also seed SDFC's very first San Diego Global Filipino Film Festival.

Magic Hour Fest is the first annual cultural event of the San Diego Filipino Cinema that will surely put a smile on your face, warm your heart, and fill your belly!


San Diego Filipino Cinema is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and exhibiting films by the global Filipino filmmakers to the diverse community in San Diego to promote a better representation and understanding of the global Filipino experience, cinematic arts, and our shared humanity. SDFC is dedicated in nurturing young and emerging Filipino-American filmmakers in San Diego. 

SDFC aims to provide unity and pride amongst our Filipino and Filipino American communities, inspiration to young creative artists and thinkers, and a unique cultural experience to the diverse audiences of San Diego.

San Diego Filipino Cinema's Magic Hour Fest is in partnership with San Diego premier event producer, Silk Road Productions best known for their well-loved San Diego events like Convoy Nights, San Diego Ramen Festival, Asian Cultural Festival, and Filipino Sun Festival.


Interested in becoming a Magic Hour Fest Sponsor or Community Partner? Please email us at info@sdfilipinocinema.org

Food and merch vendors may visit these links to apply:



Want to show off your awesome singing voice during our open mic karaoke and receive a prize? Please sign up here: bit.ly/mh19_openmickaraokesignup

Would you like to be part of our fun and hard-working team? Volunteer with us at Magic Hour Fest! Please fill out this form to apply: bit.ly/mh19_volunteersignup


Magic Hour Fest poster art and web page created by SDFC's Phuoc Nguyen.


by Chrissie de Guzman

Hungover from a bad breakup, a not-so-great stripper makes a house call to a progressive married couple who challenge the way she sees life, love and her own sexuality. (19min)

Official Selection: Outfest 2019 and Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019

Manila is Full of Men Named Boy

by Stephen Lee

Manila, July 7, 2009. As Michael Jackson’s televised funeral plays throughout The Philippines despite terrorist attacks in the south, an estranged son purchases a child who can drink and smoke to impress his father. However, when the patriarch and his friends embrace the new child as one of their own, the question must be asked: what determines who is more valuable of attention? (20min)

Winner: Best U.S. Short, Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019 and Golden Reel Award, VC Film Fest/Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019 | In Competition: Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival

Following Jamie

by Charles Gray

Social media influencer Jamie Chen moves to LA and befriends Quinn, a shy waitress with dreams of performing on Broadway. Quinn realizes that Jamie cares more about gaining online followers than an actual friendship. (17min)

Winner: Diamond Award - Mindfield Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2019 | Official Selection: The Silicon Beach Film Festival, Washington DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival

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