Theme-Spotting: Music in Film at SFIFF

Theme-Spotting: Music in Film at SFIFF

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.
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A Q&A with Cinema by the Bay Filmmakers

A Q&A with Cinema by the Bay Filmmakers

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.
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An Aardman Aappreciation

An Aardman Aappreciation

"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.

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Tech Savvy: Collaborating with Pixar & Other Media Giants in the Bay

Tech Savvy: Collaborating with Pixar & Other Media Giants in the Bay

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.
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Supported Films at the 2016 Spirit Awards

Supported Films at the 2016 Spirit Awards

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.
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Educating Onscreen: Civil Rights & Activism

Educating Onscreen: Civil Rights & Activism

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.
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2016 Producer Fellows Announced

2016 Producer Fellows Announced

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.
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Inaugural Sloan Science in Cinema Prize: The Martian

Inaugural Sloan Science in Cinema Prize: The Martian

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.
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Essential SF Q&A: Jenni Olson

Essential SF Q&A: Jenni Olson

"My background, initially, is as a film festival programmer. It was how I came out, so I’ve always had this sense of how essential it is, how life-changing, how lifesaving it can be to see images of ourselves on screen, for all identity-based groups where you’re not represented in mainstream film."

Meet the remarkable Jenni Olson. Officially Essential SF.
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