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Ted Hope appointed Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

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Ted Hope, one of the film industry’s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, t...

SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants winners

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The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation today announced the six winning projects in the seventh round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants. The grants are awarded twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films with social justice themes that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. Between 2009 and 2013 the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants will award nearly $2.5 million, including more than $1.3 million awarded in the fir...

55th San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped

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Rachel Rosen, director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society, Benoit Jacquot, director of FAREWELL, MY QUEEN, and Melanie Blum, SFFS interim executive director, arriving at Opening Night of the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 19, 2012.  Photo © Pamela Gentile, courtesy of San Francisco Film Society The longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Spe...

Benh Zeitlin to receive the inaugural Graham Leggat Award at SFIFF

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The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Benh Zeitlin, director of the highly imaginative and much acclaimed independent narrative feature Beasts of the Southern Wild, will be the recipient of the inaugural Graham Leggat Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 - May 3). The award will be presented to Zeitlin at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 26 at the historic Warfield Theatre. The Graham Leggat Award honors Leggat and the Film Society's suppo...

Kenneth Branagh will Receive Honor at Sann Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Warfield Theatre and Onstage Tribute at Castro Theatre San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Kenneth Branagh will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 - May 3). The FDA will be presented to Branagh at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 26 at the historic Warfield Theatre.   The Film Society and i...

San Francisco Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away while in Sundance

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  The San Francisco Film Society regrets to announce that Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away on January 23 while attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Bingham Ray Photo by Michael Rauner "The board of directors and staff of the Film Society are stunned and deeply saddened by the untimely death of our executive director Bingham Ray. We at the Film Society a...

French Cinema Now in San Francisco...next october

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Fourth Annual Week-long Festival Celebrates the Best in Contemporary French Language Cinema with Filmmaker Guests and New Works by the Dardenne Brothers, Aki Kaurismäki and Mia Hansen-Løve The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance, presents French Cinema Now, Thursday, October 27 - Wednesday, November 2, at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema and the Film Society's new theatrical home, San Fr...

Our dear colleague Graham Leggat passed away

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It is with deep sadness that we announce that Graham Leggat, beloved executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51. "For nearly six exciting and transformative years, Graham Leggat led the San Francisco Film Society with irrepressible determination, dash and design," said Pat McBaine, president of the Film Society's board of directors. "His vision, leadersh...

SFFS Presents Film Arts Forum: The Sound of Cinema, Sept 27

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Panel Discussion Focusing on the Crucial and Impactful Arts of Film Sound Design, Editing and Mixing with Academy Award-Winning Sound Artists   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society will present SFFS Film Arts Forum: The Sound of Cinema, a panel discussion focusing on the arts of sound design, editing and mixing, 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 27 at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan).       In film, sound carries meaning. I...

11 finalists for the fifth round of San Francisco Film Society/KRF Filmmaking Grants

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The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation today announced the 11 finalists for the fifth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants of more than $300,000, to be given to one or more feature films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time. Additionally, the grants support films that have a significant economic or professional impact on th...

Graham Leggat says good bye to San Francisco Fest

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  JULY 5, 2011  I am writing to share with you news of my immediate departure from the San Francisco Film Society, where it has been my unalloyed pleasure and honor to serve as Executive Director since October 2005. As you know, I have relished my leadership role in this dynamic, beloved organization. Unfortunately, health issues make it impossible for me to continue to serve effectively, and I am stepping down to leave the organization in the capable hands of a remarkably devoted staff a...

Select SFIFF Films will be Made Available to Festival Scope Members Worldwide

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  Select SFIFF Films will be Made Available to Festival Scope Members Worldwide The San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) is excited to announce that the Festival has been invited to join Festival Scope, a new Internet platform that allows programming of selected film festivals to be viewed online by film professionals around the world.   "We see the participation of SFIFF in Festival Scope as a substantial benefit for the works programmed...

SFFS Documentary Film Fund launches with annual 300.000$ grants

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  The San Francisco Film Society today announced the new SFFS Documentary Film Fund, which over the next three years will disburse a series of annual grants totaling $300,000 to support feature-length documentaries in postproduction. Expected to grow in the coming years as further underwriting is secured, the Fund is inaugurated thanks to a generous gift from valued Film Society patrons Sharon and Larry Malcolmson. The first grant cycle application period opens June 17; the first winners wi...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Will Present Founder's Directing Award to Oliver Stone

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Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo’s 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki CinemasThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo’s 365 Club.The Film Society’s highly regarded Youth Education program wi...

Oliver Stone to receive Honor at San Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo's 365 Club.     ...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL PRESENT KANBAR SCREENWRITING AWARD TO FRANK PIERSON

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 Screenwriter/Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night and an Onstage Tribute Featuring Dog Day Afternoon   San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Frank Pierson will be the recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The Kanbar Award, which acknowledges the crucial importance of a script in the production of an exceptional film, will b...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS TINDERSTICKS: CLAIRE DENIS FILM SCORES 1996–2009

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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 Clai...

San Francisco International Film Festival

Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in the country’s most beautiful city, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000.

“Few festivals are more suited to their city than the International. It’s clearly a festival programmed by those who love film for people who love film.” — Alex Romanelli, editor, Variety

 

French Cinema Now

The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now, Thursday, October 28Wednesday, November 3, at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level. The weeklong annual festival brings the most significant new work from one of the world’s most renowned filmmaking countries to discerning Bay Area audiences. FCN covers a broad spectrum of subject matter and genres, builds a comprehensive picture of the current moment in French cinema and delivers some of the country’s most vital filmmakers in person to San Francisco audiences.

Cinema By The Bay

The San Francisco Film Society will present the second annual Cinema by the Bay, a celebration of the passion, innovation and diversity of Bay Area filmmaking, the intelligence and probing spirit of local directors and the incredible depth and breadth of America’s film and media frontier, November 5–8 at the Roxie Theater, Southern Exposure and the Lab. The four-day festival will feature new work produced in or about the San Francisco Bay Area and provide a compelling window into Bay Area film culture and practice at its best. CBTB includes features, shorts, narratives and documentaries from well-known and emerging local talent.

Finalists of the SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

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Nine Finalists for $15,000 Award to be Given to Support the Work of a Mid-Career American ScreenwriterThe San Francisco Film Society announced today the finalists and honorable mention for the second SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The grant of $15,000 will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project exp...

Finalists for the fourth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants

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The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation today announced the ten finalists for the fourth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants of up to a total of $225,000, to be given to one or more feature films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time. Additionally, the grants support films that have a significant economic or professional imp...

Cinema by the Bay festival set dates

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The San Francisco Film Society announced today that the second annual Cinema by the Bay festival, a highlight of the expanded SFFS Fall Season, will run November 5 - 7. CBTB is a celebration of the passion, innovation and diversity of Bay Area filmmaking, the pioneering spirit of local directors and the incredible depth and breadth of the region's film and media production. The three-day festival will feature the best new work produced in or about the San Francisco Bay Area and provide audiences...

The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) with 293 screenings of 181 films from 46 countries, with 188 filmmakers and 104 industry guests from 23 countries in attendance and more than 75,000 filmgoers. The Festival sold out 92 screenings during its 15-day run, including five sellouts of the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre (An Evening with Roger Ebert & Friends, An Evening with Robert Duvall, world premiere of All About Evil, 20...

Winners of the Spring 2010 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants

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The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the five winners of the Spring 2010 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants tonight at the Golden Gate Awards at Temple Nightclub - Prana Restaurant. The grants are given twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films with social justice themes that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. The panelists who reviewed the finalists' submissions are Jacob Kornbluth, award-winni...

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