Last fall, filmmakers Silas Howard and Antonia Crane won $35K from us for The Lusty, a film on the first exotic dancers' union. Since then, Howard has been, well, busy. (He's directed Transparent, made music videos for Peaches and scored a Guggenheim Fellowship, to name but a few things.) We caught up with him—and stole a few words from Crane, too—about The Lusty and indie filmmaking on the whole.Read More
Animator Dash Shaw has been awarded our 2016 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship to work on his film The Cryptozoo Debut.
"This movie is partly an ode to psychedelic underground comic books, which were born in San Francisco, so I couldn't be more excited to storyboard it in the Bay Area."Read More
We just announced the winners of the juried Golden Gate Award competitions at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival.
Meet the outstanding international stories that racked up nearly $40,000 in cash prizes at the 2016 Festival.Read More
At this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, we are thrilled to screen a wealth of stellar new movies that explore the crucial role of music in film and in our lives.
We've rounded up the movies that speak to the cultural and personal importance of music at this year's Festival.Read More
Our Cinema By the Bay spotlight highlights exceptional new work that was either made by local filmmakers or features the Bay Area. This year the Festival will screen 13 shorts and eight feature-length films.
We checked in with six local filmmakers to learn more about their connections to the Bay Area.Read More
2016 Irving M. Levin Directing Award recipient Mira Nair has produced an astonishing array of stories for the screen. Her films draw from all corner's of cinema's rich history.
We're honoring Mira Nair at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival.Read More
Meet the latest round of projects to receive support through San Francisco Film Society / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants.
We just awarded seven independent filmmaking teams over $215,000 in funding.Read More
"Someday I will succeed in driving them out of business. Until then, I will be first in line for whatever they do next."
We're honoring beloved animation studio Aardman at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. Join us and studio co-founder Peter Lord May 1 at the Castro Theatre, and, until then, enjoy this reflection from Pixar's Pete Docter.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