"Champ" to Honor "Anchorman" Producer at Film Fest

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    The cast of "Anchorman" (L-R): Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell and Will Ferrell.

    A member of the infamous "Anchorman" Channel 4 News Team will be on hand to celebrate Hollywood director Judd Apatow as part of the San Diego Film Festival this week.

    Apatow, will receive the Visionary Filmmaker award as part of an event Thursday.

    The director of “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “Knocked Up” and “This is 40” is also producer of the 2004 "Anchorman" movie and its upcoming sequel which filmed here in San Diego.

    Festival spokesperson Tonya Mantooth told NBC 7 that actor David Koechner (known to movie fans as sports anchor “Champ”) will be on hand for ceremony.

    2013 San Diego Film Festival

    [DGO] 2013 San Diego Film Festival
    Tonya Mantooth joins NBC 7's Whitney Southwick to discuss the upcoming San Diego Film Festival.

    More than 100 screenings will take place in San Diego over a five-day period as part of the 12th Annual San Diego Film Festival.

    The opening night film will be “12 Years a Slave” based on a true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.

    “We’re going to get John Ridley who is the writer and two of the producers to be part of the Q&A afterward,” Mantooth said.

    The movie is scheduled for theatrical release Oct. 18 but you can see it Wednesday, Oct. 2.

    The festival will screen five studio films and more than 100 independent films that have not been seen anywhere else according to Mantooth.

    There will be screenings at the Gaslamp Reading in downtown San Diego and the ArcLight Theater on La Jolla Village Drive. Check the schedule to see the films by venue here.

    Get information on day passes and festival passes on the event’s website.