17 Things About The Film Biz That Should Significantly Influence Your Behavior

17 Things About The Film Biz That Should Significantly Influence Your Behavior

We launched our A2E (Artist To Entrepreneur) program at the San Francisco Film Society with OnRamp (The Direct Distribution Lab).  This is a pilot lab of a pilot program designed to give filmmakers the necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve a sustainable creative life amidst this changing paradigm.

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Steven Soderbergh - The State of Cinema Video & Transcript

Steven Soderbergh - The State of Cinema Video & Transcript

Due to unprecedented demand, Steven Soderbergh has given The San Francisco Film Society permission to release this video that was recorded initially only for archival purposes. The full transcript is also provided.

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SFIFF56 State of Cinema Address: Steven Soderbergh

Photos by Pamela Gentile, courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society

What I LOVED was that he gave an overview on how an organization (he said a hypothetical half a billion dollar funded studio) could develop and support filmmakers to create Cinema over their careers. An organization that was not driven by decision-makers that don’t know or care much about film. An organization that could track and identify talent and give them a place to work. This, in my opinion, is exactly what the San Francisco Film Society has been doing the last half decade. (DISCLOSURE: I am, of course, biased since I have received fifty thousand dollars in grants over the last three years, seek regular advice and counsel from SFFS staff, and go to lots of free events that have made me a better filmmaker.) I am not alone, there is a whole group of us who are either from the Bay, or have been attracted here by the film community and the resources of the SFFS. Our scripts, films, post costs are getting funded by the organization. They are giving us free office space, a staggering amount of year round programming and exhibition and an incredible international festival.
— Eric Escobar for Pro Video Coalition


Eric Escobar is a previous SFFS/KRF Fillmmaking grant winner for his current project One Good Thing.  Learn more about his current project here.

Filmmaker360 provides unparalleled assistance and opportunities including grants, prizes, development assistance, and residencies for working filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

Some Familiar Faces in the Chronicle

Yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle Datebook featured some familiar faces with a double feature on the San Francisco Film Society. Executive Director Ted Hope made the cover(!) and Filmmaker360 Director Michele Turnure-Salleo talked about helping great films get made.

Also, make sure not to miss the bonus 16 capsules full of exciting SFIFF films and events! See you at Opening Night this Thrsday!

In Focus: Spring SFFS/KRF Grant Winners!

In Focus: Spring SFFS/KRF Grant Winners!

The Spring SFFS/KRF Grant winners have been announced! SFFS, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, is giving away serious money once again, continuing the rapid growth as a prolific funding source in indie cinema—past winners include Beasts of the Southern Wild and Fruitvale Station!

​ Eight filmmaking teams were granted funding a total of $340,000 in funding—the largest amount disbursed to date—to help with their next stage of production, from screenwriting to post. Congratulations to the following filmmakers! We look forward to viewing their work!Read More

On the Scene: Exclusive Interview with Lance Edmands & Kyle Martin

The San Francisco Film Society spent an afternoon with Lance Edmands and Kyle Martin, director and producer of Bluebird - the latest in a long line of FABULOUS films supported by the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant - before they left for their world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival this week! See sffs.org/filmmaker360 for more details. 

Spring 2013 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant Winners will be announced tomorrow!

SFIFF 56 in Depth: Focus on Asia

Whether you're hankering for gangster action or stunning non-fiction, SFIFF56 has something for every cinephile, especially in our focus on Asian films. Watch trailers here of some the best films in contemporary cinema from Indonesia, China, Japan, Cambodia, South Korea, and Hong Kong - including the award-winning Cold War.   Don't miss their screenings at this year's festival!

The Great Les Blank


The remarkable Bay Area filmmaker Les Blank will be forever remembered for his great and imaginative films. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We are honored to have known him and to have welcomed him and his films to our San Francisco International Film Festival many times, including for a Ten Film Retrospective Tribute in 1995.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Les Blank has changed the ways in which we gather knowledge, understand movies and even celebrate life itself ... His body of work is not only impressive but can stand in for a guide to how to live well. -Sean Uyehara, SFFS Programmer

This year we are proud to honor Les with a program in our festival titled Spend It All, which features three newly restored 16mm films by Les Blank: the west coast premiere of the restoration of Spend it All, a documentary celebrating Cajun food, music and culture, and world premieres of the restorations of rarely seen Chicken Real (1970, 23 min) and Christopher Tree (aka Spontaneous Sound, 1972, 10 min). All film restored by and presented in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive.

In Memorium: The Great Roger Ebert

We are deeply saddened by the news that legendary film critic, journalist, and screenwriter Roger Ebert, passed away today. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. His work influenced many, and raised the bar high for film criticism.

"A great movie can involve not plot but life, and the daily living of it," he wrote in 2005. "Although movies can amuse and excite us, their greatest consolation comes when they understand us." -Ebert at the Movies by Jason Sanders

We are thankful to have honored him at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival with the Novikoff Award.