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The San Francisco Film Society celebrates film culture in all its forms through a wide range of year-round Exhibition, Education and Filmmaker Services programs.

The San Francisco Film Society is now accepting submissions for the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24–May 8, 2014), recognized throughout the world as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. The final deadline for short films is Monday December 2, and the final deadline for features is Monday December 9.

HOW TO ENTER  Entry form and information: sffs.org or withoutabox.com.

Founded in 1957, SFIFF is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Refreshingly intimate for a festival of its size and scope, the Festival combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, new digital media work, live music performances and star-studded gala events.

SFIFF is dedicated to celebrating creativity, inspiration, collaboration and innovation and is deeply rooted in the finest traditions of film appreciation both as an art form and as a meaningful agent for social change. SFIFF 2013 presented 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries, and brought more than 200 filmmaker and industry guests to the Festival from more than 20 countries around the globe. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic filmgoers flocked to San Francisco to celebrate the best of international cinema.

The Festival’s awards and prizes recognize the best of international and Bay Area talent by honoring superior innovation in documentary, narrative, animation, experimental and television works.

Golden Gate Awards—Including juried awards for Best Documentary Feature with a $10,000 prize; Best Bay Area Documentary Feature with a $5,000 prize; and awards totaling more than $10,000 in other categories of shorts, youth-produced and family films.

New Directors Prize—A juried cash award of $10,000 to the director of a first narrative feature at the Festival.

FIPRESCI Prize—Awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics. SFIFF is only one of three festivals in the U.S. selected to present this prestigious award.

Audience Awards—For Best Narrative and Best Documentary Features

SFIFF is an Academy Award®–qualifying festival for all three short film categories: documentary, live action and animated. New in 2014, the festival is also a qualifying festival for the 7th annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction filmmaking, which were founded in 2007 to honor exemplary craft in documentaries.


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54th San Francisco International Film Festival Presents Midnight Award to Zoe Saldana

Late Night Awards Ceremony Celebrates Dynamic Star of 'Star Trek' and 'Avatar'
 The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) is excited to announce that Zoe Saldana will be honored at the fourth Midnight Awards10:30 pmSaturdayApril 23 at the W San Francisco. The Midnight Awards takes the form of a late night talk show, hosted by Beth Lisick, New York Times best-selling author and coorganizer of the Porchlight Storytelling Series, with live musical accompaniment by the Darren Johnston Trio. Lisick will interview Saldana and her soon-to-be-announced male corecipient, and show clips of their work prior to the presentation of the awards.

The Midnight Awards were created in 2007 to honor a dynamic young actor and actress who have made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema and bring intelligence, talent and depth of character to their roles. 

Zoe Saldana is well known for her memorable performances in Center Stage (2000) and most recently in James Cameron’s Avatar (2009). In 2009, she played Nyota Uhura in J.J. Abram’s blockbuster action-sci-fi film Star Trek. In 2010 she starred in the comedy Death at a Funeral and in the action-thriller The Losers

Saldana’s other film credits include Vantage PointPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlThe TerminalDirty Deeds and Drumline. Her television credits include appearances on the WB’s Keeping It Real and NBC’s Law & Order.

Saldana can next be seen in the independent film, Colombiana, set to be released September 2011.

In 2004, Saldana accepted the Young Hollywood One to Watch award presented byMovieline magazine for her performance in The Terminal. She then went on to grace the cover of Elle in 2009 as one of the magazine’s top Women in Hollywood, as well as the cover of Glamour as one of the magazine’s Women of the Year.  To finish off the year, Saldana was named as MaxMara’s Face of the Future, Glamour UK’s Film Actress of the Year for 2010 and also became the new face of Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Envy.

Saldana was born and raised in New York. She currently resides in Los Angeles. 

Previous recipients of the Midnight Awards are Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Wood (2009), Rose McGowan and Jason Lee (2008) and Rosario Dawson and Sam Rockwell (2007).

The Midnight Awards are one of the dedicated events that the Film Society presents throughout the year that are crafted by its Midnight Club membership group and cater to participants aged 25–40. These events are premium priced and open to the public.

The Midnight Awards will be held at the W San Francisco and are sponsored by 944 magazine. Tickets are $40 for Midnight Club members, $45 for San Francisco Film Society members and $50 for the general public. For tickets and information visitsffs.org/tickets.

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About SanFranciscoFilmSociety

Graham Leggat
(San Francisco Film Society)

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. 
The presenter of the longest-running film festival in the Americas, the Film Society is a world-class institution dedicated to elevating the artistic quality and social impact of the medium. It provides invaluable support to deserving filmmakers, touches and inspires film lovers of all ages, and acts as a leading light worldwide for the presentation of peerless programs and events.

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