We are pleased to announce the projects in contention for spring 2016 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.
Fourteen narrative films from around the globe have advanced to the final round of review.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
"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.Read More
From his vantage point at Other Cinema’s Valencia Street headquarters, Craig Baldwin witnesses gentrifying San Francisco while remaining steadfast in his artistic vision.
Filmmaker & curator Craig Baldwin isn't just Essential SF; he's Essential Misison District.Read More
The Mill Valley Film Festival recently celebrated its 38th anniversary and Elton marked her 38th anniversary with it. A part-time job in the festival’s early days has bloomed into a full-time passion for MVFF’s now longtime Director of Programming.
Welcoming programmer Zoë Elton into our Essential SF circle.Read More
California Newsreel has been producing and distributing films with African American and African themes for nearly five decades and has long been a go-to source for films dealing with racial and social justice.
Born out of 1960s activism, the San Francisco-based California Newsreel is truly Essential SF.Read More
2015 has been a banner year for Berkeley-born filmmaker Jennifer Phang, starting in January with the world premiere of her latest feature, the dystopian mother-daughter drama Advantageous.
We are excited to count filmmaker Jennifer Phang among this year's Essential SF inductees.Read More
Michael Fox began writing about movies in 1987, a year and a half after he moved to San Francisco for a job in a completely unrelated field. He has contributed to dozens of regional and national publications, with extended runs at Release Print, Film/Tape World, SF360, the East Bay Monthly, j. and KQED Arts.
Meet journalist Michael Fox, one of our 2015 Essential SF inductees.Read More
New Italian Cinema wrapped up after five fantastic days dedicated to celebrating the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and bringing the country’s newest directors and films to audiences in San Francisco.
Jonas Carpignano's Mediterranea won the festival's City of Florence Award.Read More