A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Julie Soo always clears her schedule for our fall festivals. Apart from brushing up on her Cantonese and Mandarin through our Hong Kong and Taiwan film series, what she enjoys most about our programs is the chance to watch films with an audience.Read More
At this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, we are thrilled to screen a wealth of stellar new movies that explore the crucial role of music in film and in our lives.
We've rounded up the movies that speak to the cultural and personal importance of music at this year's Festival.Read More
Our Cinema By the Bay spotlight highlights exceptional new work that was either made by local filmmakers or features the Bay Area. This year the Festival will screen 13 shorts and eight feature-length films.
We checked in with six local filmmakers to learn more about their connections to the Bay Area.Read More
"Someday I will succeed in driving them out of business. Until then, I will be first in line for whatever they do next."
We're honoring beloved animation studio Aardman at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. Join us and studio co-founder Peter Lord May 1 at the Castro Theatre, and, until then, enjoy this reflection from Pixar's Pete Docter.Read More
Developments in technology have altered everything from film production to the movie-watching experience. Here in the Bay Area, we share a home with many of the industry giants who have pioneered these changes, including Netflix, Lucasfilm and Pixar.
Reflecting on some recent collaborations with Pixar Animation Studios.Read More
Each year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards honor the best in indie cinema—and right up against the Oscars, which almost always take place the following day. We are immensely proud to support a diverse array films from a diverse array of filmmakers up for awards at this year's February 27 ceremony.
Five supported films are up for Spirit Awards this year.Read More
Throughout the year, the Film Society's Education team designs curriculum-friendly programs bringing international filmmakers into Bay Area classrooms.
We connected Italian and French filmmakers with local schools to screen their work and conduct foreign language classes.Read More
Much of our educational programming this past fall centered on social justice issues in cinema. We brought films—from docs about local civil rights groups to Hollywood productions about the fight for gay rights—and the filmmakers behind these movies together with Bay Area students and educators.
All in all, a very busy fall.Read More
We are thrilled to announce the latest recipients of SFFS Producer Fellowships, which are designed to highlight the producer’s craft by providing tangible assistance to emerging filmmaking talent.
Four new Fellows will receive funding, FilmHouse residencies, unique access to the Bay Area filmmaking community and more.Read More
You may remember the Academy Award-nominated The Dam Keeper from the Family Films shorts program at the 57th SFIFF, but we've been doing much work with the minds behind this short since then.
Introducing a new educational initiative in partnership with the filmmakers behind The Dam Keeper.Read More
We are pleased to share that Ridley Scott’s The Martian is the inaugural recipient of the Sloan Science in Cinema Prize, which celebrates the depiction of science in narrative feature filmmaking.
Honoring an adventurous, accurate and remarkably witty story about human resourcefulness and the technology we utilize to explore the vast galaxy we inhabit.Read More