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.
Building on a legacy of more than 50 years of bringing the best in world cinema to the Bay Area, the San Francisco Film Society is a national leader in exhibition, education and filmmaker services.
The crown jewel of the Film Society’s exhibition program is the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015), the longest-running film festival in the Americas and a beloved showcase of cinematic discovery. An essential stop on the international film festival circuit, SFIFF is well regarded as a significant celebration of world cinema in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Last year’s Festival featured 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries, which were attended by over 210 filmmakers and industry guests from over 21 countries around the globe. The Film Society’s additional year-round initiatives in film exhibition include a robust Fall Season of specialized film series and countless individual public and members’ screenings and events with special guests in person.
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Photo: A packed house at the legendary Castro Theatre during the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival, April 24 – May 8, 2008. Tommy Lau, courtesy of San Francisco Film Society