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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 TO PRESENT FEDERICO FELLINI’S RESTORED MASTERWORK LA DOLCE VITA

 New Print of Italian Classic Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée

Will Screen at Castro Theatre with Support From Gucci and Scorsese’s Film Foundation

 

San Francisco, CA – The
54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5), with support from Gucci and Martin Scorsese’s
Film Foundation, will present a new print of the 4K digital restoration of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (Italy 1960), a film that shook up international cinema, at the Castro Theatre, 12:30 pm, Sunday, May 1.

 

Considered revolutionary at the time of its release, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita changed the landscape of international filmmaking. The film chronicles seven nights and the dawns that follow as journalist Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) pursues “the sweet life” in postwar Rome, floating between the decadent high society lifestyle he seeks with his rich lover and a Swedish bombshell, and the stifling domesticity offered by his suicidal girlfriend. The film’s iconic images—the statue of Christ being flown over Rome, Anita Ekberg frolicking in the Trevi Fountain in her evening gown—have become unforgettable snapshots of a society in glamorous decay. Fellini brilliantly conducts Otello Martelli’s sparkling black-and-white cinematography, Nino Rota’s jazzy score and one of Mastroianni’s finest performances in a film that encapsulates Fellini’s many gifts to cinema: the ability to see the absurdity and magic of it all, and at the same time, the tragedy and the beauty.

 

Being condemned by the Catholic Church in Italy as “immoral” naturally led to the film breaking all box office records. In America it is still one of the most-seen foreign films of all time.

 

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Mediaset-Medusa, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce. Restoration funding
provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.

 

La Dolce Vita will be presented as part of The Film Foundation and Gucci’s Cinema Visionaries program, which also includes the restorations of Luchino Visconti’s Senso (Italy 1954, SFIFF 1957), Michelangelo Antonioni’s Le Amiche (Italy 1955, SFIFF 1995) and John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence (USA 1974, SFIFF 1984), all of which were presented at recent SF Internationals.

 

La Dolce Vita is presented with support from Gucci and The Film Foundation.

 

For tickets and information visit sffs.org/tickets. Tickets go on sale March 17 for members and March 30 for the general public.

 

For photos and press materials visit sffs.org/pressdownloads.

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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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