We are immensely excited to reveal the films in competition at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival.
Presenting emerging storytellers from 23 countries around the globe.Read More
The San Francisco International Film Festival's new geographical footprint is centered around the thriving cultural community of the Mission district.
We're more transit-friendly than ever, and we can't wait to join one of the city's most artistically vibrant communities.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
"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