San Diego Film Festival Oscar Party takes home the gold


The San Diego Film Festival kicked off its inaugural awards night Oscar viewing party on Feb. 22, to benefit the San Diego Film Foundation, which produces the San Diego Film Festival. Over 150 Patron Circle members and VIP’s gathered for the glamorous fete hosted by Charo Garcia-Guerra at her Willowbrook Farms estate in Rancho Santa Fe.

Event co-chairs Sonya Berg and Diana Shapiro kicked off the evening with “Diamonds are Forever” Bond-themed models who greeting guests on the red carpet. The lively event toasted the Festival’s roster of critically-acclaimed films up for awards, including Whiplash, The Imitation Game and Mr. Turner. Each screened at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival and brought home four Oscar wins and nine nominations combined.

Attendees included: Board members Dale Strack, Chairman; Kevin Leap, President; Tonya Mantooth, VP; Patti Judd, VP; and Vicky Carlson, CFO. Dr. Sean Daneshmand, Marjan Mortazavi, Miriam and Dr. David Smotrich, Jennifer and Dr. Robert Gramins, Kevin and Jolane Crawford, Margo and Dennis Doucette, Ludvina and Sonny Nevarez, Susan and Gene Locklear, Harrell and Dee Ann Jones, Susan and Matthew Shillingburg, Steve Cologne, Bob Salt, Sin Bosier, Cheryl and Dwight Gould.

Mouth-watering catering provided by Morada Restaurant – Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Dolce Pane e Vino, La Valencia Hotel, 2Good2B Bakery and Café. Sponsors included Stella Artois, Magnifico Giornata, Holiday Wine Cellar, Elite Lifestyle Management, Luster, Sonya Berg – Zen Fashionista, To learn more visit

Photos by McKenzie Images.