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The San Francisco Film Society celebrates film culture in all its forms through a wide range of year-round Exhibition, Education and Filmmaker Services programs.

The San Francisco Film Society is now accepting submissions for the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24–May 8, 2014), 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 is Monday December 2, and the final deadline for features is Monday December 9.

HOW TO ENTER  Entry form and information: or

Founded in 1957, SFIFF is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Refreshingly intimate for a festival of its size and scope, the Festival combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, new digital media work, live music performances and star-studded gala events.

SFIFF is dedicated to celebrating creativity, inspiration, collaboration and innovation and is deeply rooted in the finest traditions of film appreciation both as an art form and as a meaningful agent for social change. SFIFF 2013 presented 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries, and brought more than 200 filmmaker and industry guests to the Festival from more than 20 countries around the globe. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic filmgoers flocked to San Francisco to celebrate the best of international cinema.

The Festival’s awards and prizes recognize the best of international and Bay Area talent by honoring superior innovation in documentary, narrative, animation, experimental and television works.

Golden Gate Awards—Including juried awards for Best Documentary Feature with a $10,000 prize; Best Bay Area Documentary Feature with a $5,000 prize; and awards totaling more than $10,000 in other categories of shorts, youth-produced and family films.

New Directors Prize—A juried cash award of $10,000 to the director of a first narrative feature at the Festival.

FIPRESCI Prize—Awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics. SFIFF is only one of three festivals in the U.S. selected to present this prestigious award.

Audience Awards—For Best Narrative and Best Documentary Features

SFIFF is an Academy Award®–qualifying festival for all three short film categories: documentary, live action and animated. New in 2014, the festival is also a qualifying festival for the 7th annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction filmmaking, which were founded in 2007 to honor exemplary craft in documentaries.


54th San Francisco International Film Festival Presents New Series of Master Classes and Salons

Conversations Offer Opportunities for Deeper Audience Engagement with Festival Films and Filmmakers
The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will present two new Conversations series designed to deepen and enhance the Festival experience, giving filmgoers the opportunity to go a step beyond the post-screening Q&A. An extension of the Film Society’s year-round Film Craft & Film Studies program, Master Classes are an opportunity to engage with special Festival guests and get an insider’s look at intriguing cinema subjects. In the Salons, Bay Area film scholars and filmmakers will lead in-depth discussions about major film genres and prominent Festival themes. Audience members select from a list of thematically linked films and then participate in the corresponding salon to engage with fellow cinephiles. All programs will take place in House 2 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

Jean-Michel Frodon: The Critic’s Response & Responsibility will take placeThursdayApril 28 at 7:30 pm. French film critic Jean-Michel Frodon will explore the task and purpose of the critic in cinema today. A former critic for Le Point and Le Monde, and former editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinéma, Frodon is the author or editor of 17 books related to cinema. He currently writes for, teaches at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, is editor-in-chief of the collaborative website and is the 2011 Stanford Humanities Center Bliss Carnochan Visitor. Tickets are $12 SFFS members/$15 general.

Frank Pierson: A Writer’s Life will take place FridayApril 29 at 5:00 pm. The legendary screenwriter—and recipient of this year’s Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting—Frank Pierson (Cool Hand LukeDog Day Afternoon) will lead an intimate discussion about the craft of screenwriting. Tickets are $15 SFFS members/$20 general.

The Producer/Director Collaboration will take place SundayMay 1 at 1:00 pm. Producer Alison Dickey and director Azazel Jacobs will discuss their working partnership and their experiences bringing SFIFF54’s Centerpiece film Terri to the screen. Tickets are $15 SFFS members/$20 general.

The Social Justice Documentary salon will take place MondayApril 25 at 8:30 pmfollowing the 6:30 pm screening of Hot Coffee. Films to be discussed include Better This WorldCrime After Crime and Hot Coffee. The salon will be hosted by Bill Nichols, a cinema studies professor at San Francisco State University and an author specializing in documentary and ethnographic films, film history and theory, and rhetoric and visual representation. Tickets are $11 SFFS members/$12 seniors, students and persons with disabilities/$13 general.

The Expressions of French Cinema salon will take place SundayMay 1 at 3:15 pmafter the 1:00 pm screening of Hands Up. Films to be discussed include Children of the Princess of ClevesHands Up, I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive and The Place in Between. The salon will be hosted by Susan Weiner, the author of Enfants Terribles: Femininity and Youth in the Mass Media in France, 1945–68 and a former professor of French cultural studies at Yale University. Tickets are $11 SFFS members/$12 seniors, students and persons with disabilities/$13 general.


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The San Francisco Film Society encourages the progressive evolution of film culture and individual lives by celebrating the transformative power of the moving image in all its forms. Through a combination of intelligent programming and exemplary service, it creates singularly vital experiences for audiences of all kinds. 
The presenter of the longest-running film festival in the Americas, the Film Society is a world-class institution dedicated to elevating the artistic quality and social impact of the medium. It provides invaluable support to deserving filmmakers, touches and inspires film lovers of all ages, and acts as a leading light worldwide for the presentation of peerless programs and events.

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