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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: or

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.



54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) announces an annual programming highlight and audience favorite, the presentation of a film accompanied by live performance of an original score by a contemporary music artist. This year Tindersticks, the groundbreaking British chamber rock band known for its distinctive orchestral sound and the baritone of lead vocalist Stuart Staples, will perform works from the scores that they have created for six films of French director Claire Denis at the historic Castro Theatre on Monday, May 2 at 8:30 pm.

For the past 15 years, world-renowned French filmmaker Claire Denis and composer Stuart Staples have engaged in an inspired and fruitful collaboration, pushing the boundaries of their creative fields to produce artistic experiences of
profound and charmed beauty. As a hybridized highlight of this year’s Festival, the band will accompany a meticulously prepared 70-minute montage of scenes from six Denis films for which Staples and his bandmates have composed original
soundtracks. Strikingly sensual and alternately meditative (train journeys, dreams of horses) and shocking (flesh-eating amour fou in Paris), clips from Nénette et Boni (SFIFF 1997), Trouble Every Day (2001), Vendredi Soir (Friday Night SFIFF 2003, music by former band member Dickon Hinchliffe), The Intruder (SFIFF 2005), 35 Shots of Rum (SFIFF 2009) and White Material (featuring Isabelle Huppert, SFIFF 2010) have been prepared by technicians who scoured archives to collect the films’ original elements and assemble prints from which the musical scores have been stripped.

Viewed—and heard—anew, Denis’s singular images will soar as the band’s live music envelopes the appropriately majestic Castro Theatre. For this special event, Staples will be joined by regular Tindersticks members David Boulter, Neil Fraser, Dan McKinna and Earl Harvin, and they will be augmented by additional musicians on strings and brass. The full ensemble will do dramatic justice to Denis’s visionary cinema through gorgeously dark-hued music that blends subtle guitar strumming and delicate violin arpeggios with otherworldly percussion and atmospheric washes of symphonic color over which Staples croons in his inimitable baritone. “Working with Claire makes us shift our vision,” Staples has said. “We come out the other end of it and we always feel kind of changed.”

“The combination of Stuart Staples and Claire Denis is practically alchemical,” said Festival programmer Sean Uyehara. “In addition to being fantastic artists, they both are well-known for their meticulousness in developing their respective
works. The care that has gone into this program is beyond compare. We are honored to present this music and film concert to the public.”

Born in Paris and raised in French West Africa, Claire Denis has created a sensual, empathetic body of work that is as intellectually satisfying as it is emotionally immediate. Her cinema explores the experience of outsiders in French society while astutely documenting the legacy of colonialism. Her films, in addition to those listed above, include Chocolat (1988), I Can't Sleep (SFIFF 1995) and Beau Travail (SFIFF 2000) among others.

Tindersticks was founded in 1991 and has released eight critically adored studio albums including Curtains, Simple Pleasure and Falling Down a Mountain. Now two decades into its enduring musical journey, the band continues to tour worldwide and collaborate with Claire Denis.
The show will coincide with the release of a special edition boxed set of the soundtracks, Claire Denis Film Scores
, which will be released worldwide by Constellation Records.

Tickets are $25 for San Francisco Film Society members and $30 for the general public. For tickets and information visit
Box office opens March 1 for members and March 30 for the general public.



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Graham Leggat
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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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