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Full Program Announced for 60th San Francisco International Film Festival

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The SF Film Society will present a special tribute to acclaimed actor, writer, and filmmaker Ethan Hawke at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festival Runs April 5–19 at Venues Throughout San Francisco and Berkeley

 

 

 

The complete lineup has now been announced for the landmark 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, running April 5–19 at venues throughout San Francisco and Berkeley.
 
Browse the full public program info at sffilm.org/festival
 
Find press releases, high-resolution film stills and awardee images, logos, program guides and more at sffilm.org/press
 
In other news…
The San Francisco Film Society is now SFFILM! Connect with us on social @SFFILM, and visit our newly renovated website.
 
2017 SFFILM Festival by the Numbers:
 
181 Films
66 Narrative Features
36 Documentary Features
2 New Vision Features
2 TV Series
75 Shorts
51 Countries Represented
38 Languages
6 World Premieres
7 North American Premieres
2 US Premieres
57 Women Directors
 
Highlights from today's press conference included these announcements:
 
The Festival’s Opening Night selection is Gillian Robespierre’s Landline, starring Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, John Turturro, and Jay Duplass. Special guests are expected to attend the kickoff event on April 5.  Read the full press release.
 
The Festival’s 2017 award recipients include Eleanor Coppola (George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award), Tom Luddy (Mel Novikoff Award), and Lynn Hershman Leeson (Persistence of Vision Award).
 
Special Tributes will be presented to Ethan Hawke (including a screening of his new film Maudie), James Ivory (with a 30th anniversary screening of Maurice), John Ridley (with an early look at his new SHOWTIME series Guerilla), and Gordon Gund (profiled in the short documentary The Illumination).
 
The Festival will present a special screening of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, featuring an unprecedented onstage conversation with William Randolph Hearst III (whose grandfather inspired the title character) and film historian David Thomson about the film’s legacy.  Read the full press release.
 
Pixar and Disney Animation Studio President Edwin Catmull will deliver the Festival’s State of Cinema Address, kicking off an all-day Creativity Summit where influential figures in the vanguard of art, film, and tech will participate in in-depth discussions about how their work intersects.  Read the full press release.
 
SFFILM is debuting Launch, a new boutique program designed to introduce a curated slate of films to screen for Festival audiences and select film industry representatives. Kicking off with five world premieres from the official Festival lineup, Launch serves as an experimental alternative to larger-scale film sales environments elsewhere in the US.  Read the full press release.
 
The innovative SFFILM Screening Room has re-launched—where SFFILM members can stream a curated selection of Festival films in the weeks following the public program. Streaming content is available on the web at sffilm.org/watch or on the new SFFILM app, available on iOs and Android devices.  Read the full press release.
  
Browse the complete list of Festival press releases HERE, including the previously-announced Centerpiece and Closing Night programs, the Golden Gate Award feature film competitions, the Festival’s Live & Onstage program featuring musical performances by Will Oldham, DeVotchKa, Terence Nance, and Asian Dub Foundation, among others.
 
The deadline for media accreditation for the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival is Friday March 24. To learn more about media accreditation and for instructions on how to apply, contact Press Office Coordinator Dominique Oneil at doneil@sffs.org.
 

 

60th San Francisco International Film Festival
The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 5–19 at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, the Castro Theatre, the Roxie Theater, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria Theatre, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and BAMPFA in Berkeley. Held each spring for 15 days, SFIFF is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities, featuring nearly 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards with nearly $40,000 in cash prizes and upwards of 100 participating filmmaker guests.

San Francisco Film Society
The San Francisco Film Society champions the world’s finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. Building on a legacy of nearly 60 years of bringing the best in world cinema to the local audiences, SFFS is now a national leader in film exhibition, media education and filmmaker services.
 
The Film Society presents more than 100 days of exhibition each year, reaching a total audience of more than 100,000 people. Its acclaimed education program introduces international, independent and documentary cinema and media literacy to more than 10,000 teachers and students. Through Filmmaker360, the Film Society’s filmmaker services program, essential creative and business services, and funding totaling millions of dollars are provided to deserving filmmakers at all stages of their careers.
 
The Film Society seeks to elevate all aspects of film culture, offering a wide range of activities that engage emotions, inspire action, change perceptions and advance knowledge. A 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, it is largely donor and member supported. Membership provides access to discounts, private events and a wealth of other benefits.
 
For more information visit sffs.org

 
 

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