San Francisco International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: San Francisco International Film Festival
SINCE: 1957
WHERE: San Francisco, California, U.S.
WEBSITE: www.sffs.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks and highly anticipated by its loyal, passionate audiences, SFIFF is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for excellence in film craft.

Gia Coppola’s ‘Palo Alto’ – Feature Adaptation of James Franco’s Collection of Short Stories is Centerpiece Presentation for 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival

Gia Coppola’s ‘Palo Alto’ – Feature Adaptation of James Franco’s Collection of Short Stories is Centerpiece Presentation for 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival

Palo Alto

Gia Coppola’s feature debut – the teen-centered drama Palo Alto, starring Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer and James Franco has been selected as Centerpiece presentation of the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24–May 8). Palo Alto is  adapted from Franco’s book Palo Alto Stories. The Festival’s Centerpiece is designed to showcase talented young directors with their latest film. Writer-director Gia Coppola is expected to attend the screening.  

Hossein Amini’s ‘The Two Faces of January’ and Chris Messina’s ‘Alex of Venice’ to Bookend 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival

Hossein Amini’s ‘The Two Faces of January’ and Chris Messina’s ‘Alex of Venice’ to Bookend 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival

Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star in Hossein Amini's thriller, THE TWO FACES OF JANUARYViggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star in Hossein Amini’s thriller, THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY 

The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival taking place April 24 to May 8, 2014, kicks off with the Opening Night presentation of Hossein Amini’s gripping Patricia Highsmith adaptation the Two Faces of January (UK 2014) starring Oscar Issac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. The Festival will close with Chris Messina’s drama Alex of Venice (USA 2014), starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Messina and Don Johnson.

San Francisco International Film Festival to Honor Richard Linklater with Founder’s Directing Award

San Francisco International Film Festival to Honor Richard Linklater with Founder’s Directing Award

Richard LinklaterRichard Linklater

Filmmaker Richard Linklater will be the recipient of the 2014 Founder’s Directing Award at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24 – May 8), honoring the quintessentially American director’s expansive body of work and celebrating the upcoming release BOYHOOD, his groundbreaking new film. The award will be presented to Linklater at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday May 1. 

2014 San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Feature Films in Competition

2014 San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Feature Films in Competition

The Amazing CatfishThe Amazing Catfish

The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival taking place April 24 to May 8, 2014, announced the films in competition for the New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Award (GGA) contenders in the documentary feature category. SFIFF will award nearly $40,000 in total cash prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $10,000 will be given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. The GGA documentary feature winner will receive $10,000 and the GGA Bay Area documentary feature winner will receive $5,000. A total of 25 countries are represented in this year’s competing feature films. Independent juries will select the winners, which will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards, Wednesday, May 7.

“A River Changes Course,” “The Kill Team” Win Top Documentary Film Awards at San Francisco International Film Festival

“A River Changes Course,” “The Kill Team” Win Top Documentary Film Awards at San Francisco International Film Festival

A River Changes Course

The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival, awarded A River Changes Course, by Kalyanee Mam, the Golden Gate Award Documentary Feature at the 2013 festival. Among the many reasons, the festival jury said “This film stood out as an entity in terms of subject matter, beauty of filmmaking, elegance of expression, sensitivity, and representation of the people observed as they observe their own situation.” Recognizing local filmmakers, The Kill Team directed by Dan Krauss was the Bay Area Documentary Feature. The jury noted: “We chose this film due to the importance of its subject matter and its moral complexity.”

Other winners include:

San Francisco International Film Festival to Honor Harrison Ford

San Francisco International Film Festival to Honor Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford will be honored with the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the upcoming 56th San Francisco International Film Festival to take place April 25 – May 9, 2013. The award will be presented to Ford at San Francisco Film Society Awards Night, Tuesday, May 7. Ford will also be honored at An Afternoon with Harrison Ford at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, on Tuesday May 7. A screening of a film featuring one of his iconic performances will follow an onstage […]

Inventor Ray Dolby to be Honored at 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

Inventor Ray Dolby to be Honored at 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

Ray Dolby, inventor of numerous recording technologies and founder of local industry powerhouse Dolby Laboratories, will be honored with the inaugural George Gund III Award at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25 – May 9, 2013). The George Gund III Award, given in tribute to the longstanding Film Society chairman of the board who passed away earlier this year, honors a worthy member of the filmmaking community for their outstanding and unique contributions to the art […]

2013 San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Big Nights Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night Films

2013 San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Big Nights Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night Films

The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25 – May 9) announced the films in its Big Nights series. Things kick off with the Opening Night presentation of returning Bay Area duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s drama What Maisie Knew (USA 2012) starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgård. The celebration continues on May 4 with the Centerpiece screening of Jacob Kornbluth’s Inequality For All (USA 2013), featuring local economist Robert Reich. The festival then comes to a close with Richard Linklater’s (Bernie, SFIFF 2012) Before Midnight (USA 2013), the third film in the director’s romantic trilogy starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. 

Steven Soderbergh to Deliver State of Cinema Address at 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival, May Address Retirement Rumors

Steven Soderbergh to Deliver State of Cinema Address at 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival, May Address Retirement Rumors

Director Steven Soderbergh, described as “one of the world’s most celebrated figures in contemporary filmmaking,” will deliver the tenth annual State of Cinema Address at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25 – May 9, 2013). Soderbergh, reportedly recently announced his intention to retire from filmmaking, a decision which should provide a compelling framework for this live address.  Previous State of Cinema speakers have been author Jonathan Lethem, film producer Christine Vachon, film editor Walter Murch, photographer […]

San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Lineup of Feature Films to Compete at 2013 Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Lineup of Feature Films to Compete at 2013 Festival

THE CLEANER

The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled to run, April 25 – May 9, 2013, today announced the films in competition for the New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Award nominees for documentary feature.

Ten films will compete for the New Directors Prize of $15,000, which will be given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Twelve documentary films will compete for the Golden Gate Award – the GGA documentary feature winner will receive $20,000 and the Bay Area documentary feature winner will receive $15,000. The winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards, Wednesday, May 8.

Deadlines Approaching for Filmmaker Entries to 56th San Francisco International Film Festival

Deadlines Approaching for Filmmaker Entries to 56th San Francisco International Film Festival

The San Francisco Film Society is now accepting submissions for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival, recognized throughout the world as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. The final deadline for short films Monday December 3, and the final deadline for features Monday December 10.

HOW TO ENTER  Entry form and information: sffs.org

San Francisco International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

San Francisco International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

The San Francisco Film Society announced the dates for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled for April 25 – May 9, 2013. The festival is now also accepting submissions from filmmakers. Deadlines:  *  Early deadline Tuesday, October 9  *  Regular deadline Monday, November 5  *  Final deadline for short films Monday, December 3  *  Final deadline for features Monday, December 10 Interesting fact, founded in 1957,  San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the […]

San Francisco International Film Festival to honor Director Benh Zeitlin

San Francisco International Film Festival to honor Director Benh Zeitlin

Benh Zeitlin, director of “the highly imaginative and much acclaimed independent narrative feature” Beasts of the Southern Wild, will be the recipient of the inaugural Graham Leggat Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3). Zeitlin is a director, animator, composer and a founding member of Court 13. He lives in New Orleans where dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and a 350-pound swine run wild in his home. Director of […]

Chasing Ice, John Dies at the End and Lola Versus Added to 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival Film Lineup

Chasing Ice, John Dies at the End and Lola Versus Added to 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival Film Lineup

Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Ice (USA 2012), Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End (USA 2012) and Daryl Wein’s Lola Versus (USA 2012) have been added to the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3) schedule. Featuring breathtaking displays of remote and beautiful landscapes that may never be seen again by human — or any — eyes, Chasing Ice chronicles the quest of photographer James Balog to create his project the Extreme […]

Judy Davis to Receive 2012 Peter J Owens Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival

Judy Davis to Receive 2012 Peter J Owens Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival

Judy Davis, described as “one of cinema’s great performers,” will be the recipient of the 2012 Peter J. Owens Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3). The award will be presented to Davis at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 26 at the historic Warfield Theatre. Davis will also be honored at An Evening with Judy Davis at the Castro Theatre, Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 pm. An onstage […]

San Francisco International Film Festival Completes 2012 Lineup, Rock Band Journey Documentary to Close Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival Completes 2012 Lineup, Rock Band Journey Documentary to Close Festival

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival announced the complete schedule of films and events for the festival running April 19 – May 3, 2012, at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, SF Film Society Cinema, the Castro Theatre and SFMOMA in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. The Centerpiece screening will be Lynn Shelton’s relationship comedy Your Sister’s Sister, starring Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt. Still grief-stricken a year after his brother’s […]

Pierre Rissient to be honored with 2012 Mel Novikoff Award at 55th San Francisco International Film Festival

Pierre Rissient to be honored with 2012 Mel Novikoff Award at 55th San Francisco International Film Festival

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3) will present the 2012 Mel Novikoff Award to “the little known yet enormously influential Pierre Rissient for his tireless work behind the scenes on behalf of international cinema.” Rissient is described as being revered by filmmakers of all ages around the world, from Clint Eastwood, who frequently shows him the rough cut of his work, to Werner Herzog, who calls him “the yeast […]

Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen Starring Diane Kruger as Queen Marie Antoinette to Open 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival

Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen Starring Diane Kruger as Queen Marie Antoinette to Open 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3) will open with Farewell, My Queen (Dans les adieux à la reine, France 2012), Described as Benoît Jacquot’s extraordinarily atmospheric historical drama about the turmoil at Versailles in the early days of the French revolution, starring Diane Kruger as Queen Marie Antoinette and Léa Seydoux as her reader. Sumptuous and intimate, Benoît Jacquot’s portrayal of court life at Versailles during four crucial days […]

Kenneth Branagh to be honored with Founder’s Directing Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival

Kenneth Branagh to be honored with Founder’s Directing Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival

Kenneth Branagh will be the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3). “We are thrilled to honor Kenneth Branagh for his remarkable directorial achievements and multifaceted career at this year’s Festival,” said Melanie Blum, the San Francisco Film Society’s interim executive director. Branagh is currently receiving a lot of attention for last year’s Academy Award-nominated performance as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week […]

San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Films Competing for 2012 New Directors Prize and Documentary Prizes

San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Films Competing for 2012 New Directors Prize and Documentary Prizes

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3) announced the films in competition for the New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Awards for documentary features. The International will award $70,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 will be given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. The GGA documentary […]

Documentary Filmmaker Barbara Kopple to be honored at 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Barbara Kopple to be honored at 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3) will present the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award to veteran documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Kopple will be presented with the POV award Sunday, April 22, 3:30 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, preceding the screening of her masterful landmark documentary Harlan County, USA (USA 1976). “Barbara Kopple is a pioneering documentarian who brings the highest level of craft to her work whether she […]