Big awards, big talents, big statements. Read about the outstanding careers being celebrated with the Film Society’s annual directing, acting and screenwriting awards, the Mel Novikoff and Persistence of Vision Awards and the Golden Gate Awards.
Film Society Awards Night
This star-studded occasion honors this year’s directing, acting and screenwriting award recipients with a glamorous black-tie evening featuring onstage celebrity appearances and gourmet dining.
A sneak peek at two films that you can't see anywhere else: Work in Progress: Joann Sfar Draws from Memory and a Sneak Preview of a New Film by François Ozon.
Schools at the Festival
More than 3,000 elementary, middle and high school students and their teacher attend weekday Festival screenings and dozens of filmmakers visit Bay Area classrooms. Learn more.
Live & Onstage
Musicians and artists add an extra dimension to unique film screenings, and a leading cultural figure addresses the State of Cinema in the Film Society's annual address.
The Festival continues fostering opportunities for audiences to interact with the ideas raised by films and filmmakers through the Conversations series of events.
SFIFF College Days
A specially curated three-day series of five Festival films for Bay Area college students featuring SFIFF programmer Sean Uyehara as a guest lecturer and Q&A with filmmaker guests.