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Our dear colleague Graham Leggat passed away

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Graham Leggat, beloved executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51. "For nearly six exciting and transformative years, Graham Leggat led the San Francisco Film Society with irrepressible determination, dash and design," said Pat McBaine, president of the Film Society's board of directors. "His vision, leadersh...

Call for Entries // 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival

The SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL announces its call for submissions for the 2nd Annual SFGFF taking place March 1-4, 2012.  SFGFF is the San Francisco Bay Area's leading festival for innovative film, television, and digital media that inspire environmental action and advocacy. The 2012 festival will take place over four days with special film premieres and green related programs and events in San Francisco's downtown Financial District. Festival screenings are at the Landmark...

top winners of the San Francisco Video Contest

sfTravel, the San Francisco review guide, has announced the top winners of the San Francisco Video Contest after judging an impressive field of entries. The 2011 contest to support emerging talent in film captured the San Francisco experience for communities across Youtube and Facebook. Congratulations to our incredible field of 2011 winners who will receive both cash prizes and global exposure for their videos on Nick Ashton, marketing director of sfTravel said, "The ener...

Winners of the Spring 2010 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants

The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the five winners of the Spring 2010 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants tonight at the Golden Gate Awards at Temple Nightclub - Prana Restaurant. The grants are given twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films with social justice themes that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. The panelists who reviewed the finalists' submissions are Jacob Kornbluth, award-winni...

Finalists for the Djerassi Residency Award San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship

San Francisco Film Society announced today the ten finalists for the Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship. The fellowship is part of the Film Society's expanded suite of filmmaker services programs and activities designed to foster creativity and further the careers of independent filmmakers. The Djerassi residency, located 40 miles south of San Francisco in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, offers living and studio accommodations and...

The mission to open San Francisco International Film Festival

The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7) will open with Peter Bratt's stirring second feature, La Mission, a compelling redemptive drama about the powerful ties of family and community. La Mission will screen at 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 23 at the historic Castro Theatre. Peter Bratt, cast members Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez and many members of the film's local crew are expected to attend the lively hometown premiere and festivities. The celebra...

Unmade Beds will close San Francisco Fest

The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7) will wrap with the West Coast premiere of Alexis Dos Santos's strikingly original second feature, Unmade Beds (England, 2008), at 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 7, at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco's landmark movie palace. Director/writer Alexis Dos Santos is expected to attend, along with lead actors Déborah François and Fernando Tielve. A celebration at 9:30 pm at Mezzanine will make sure the 52nd International has a rousing cl...

SFFS FilmHouse Residencies open

The San Francisco Film Society announced today the creation of the SFFS FilmHouse Residencies, a new program developed in partnership with the San Francisco Film Commission that is designed to support local independent filmmaking. Under the terms of the innovative new agreement, the SFFS FilmHouse Residencies will make 2,800 square feet of production office space available free of charge to local independent filmmakers actively engaged in various stages of film production."We are delighted to pa...

1000 Journals in San Francisco

The 1000 Journals Project was started in San Francisco, in the summer of 2000, eight years ago. And now we're coming back to San Francisco, after our wonderful run at the San Francisco International Film Festival, to show the film for a week at the Roxie Theater. This is quite a milestone in the life of the documentary: our first theatrical booking, with hopefully more to come across the country.If you live in San Francisco, please come and join us at the Roxie, and bring your friends. If you kn...

San Francisco IFF 51

51st SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL : APRIL 24 – MAY 8, 2008177 Films200 Filmmakers and Industry Guests Expected49 Countries Represented67 Narrative Features27 Documentary Features83 Shorts8 World Premieres3 International Premieres7 North American Premieres6 U.S. Premieres33 West Coast Premieres39 Women Directors38 LanguagesAWARDS/PRIZES/ADDRESSFounder’s Directing Award – Mike LeighPeter J. Owens Awa

San Francisco Film Society Elects New Board Members

The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Carla Emil, James H. Herbert II, Celeste Meier and Suzie Reider to its board of directors as it continues to expand its annual calendar of film programs, including the acclaimed SFFS Education Program, and prepares to present the 51st edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas. The four new SFFS board members bring a wealth of experience from their professional and philant...

SanFrancisco launches

Susan Gerhard Will Edit Online Magazine Devoted to Daily Year-Round Coverage of Thriving San Francisco Film and Media Scene San Francisco, CA ‹ Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, and Brian Clark, cofounder and managing member of indieWIRE, the leading online publication dedicated to American and international independent film, announced today that Susan Gerhard has come on board as the editor and bureau chief of The new copublished site, dedicated t...

Indiewire and San Francisco Fest team up for an online publication

Graham Leggat, new executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running festival in the Americas, and Brian Clark, co-founder and managing member of indieWIRE, the leading online publication dedicated to American and international independent film, today announced a strategic partnership that launches a new co-published site,, dedicated to daily coverage and social network support of the vibrant SF film an...

Graham Leggat new San Francisco fest Executive Director

SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY NAMES GRAHAM LEGGAT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR San Francisco, CA ­ The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Graham Leggat as Executive Director, effective October 17, 2005.³We¹re delighted that Graham is taking the helm at the Film Society,² said George Gund III, chairman of the Film Society¹s board of directors. ³His admirable breadth and depth of experience at major New York film organizations that have many elements and goals in common with the Film...


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