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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.

Fifth Annual San Francisco International Animation Film Festival Promises Excellence (As Usual)

Today is a very exciting day!  The San Francisco International Film Festival begins, it runs  November 11–14, 2010.This year is the fifth annual.  Last year I had to miss it, but two years ago I met Gene Dietch and pondered the differences between hand drawn animation and digital, talked with Nina Paley about children's animation, and was introduced to the mind-blowing world of Encyclopedia Pictura, among other things.  That year I also interviewed founder Sean Uyehara about animation...(...


New Media Film Festival is pleased to announce its newest program New Media Film Festival-SF Bay Area, Friday, November 5 & Saturday, November 6 at VizCinema in Japantown, San Francisco.   This event brings together Industry Professionals and Content Creators across Film, TV, Games, Publishing, Mobile, Web and Technology.  We’re presenting The Best in New Media - What’s New, What’s Next and honoring stories worth telling in emerging platforms.  Our premiere event that took place in ...

Iranian Film Festival San Francisco Line Up

                           Persianesque: Set to take place September 18-19, 2010 at the San Francisco Art institute, the 3rd Annual Iranian Film Festival San Francisco has a great roster of films on hand.   The Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco-an annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world and aims to support the Iranian film culture. One film in particula...

If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival

Four thousand film festivals populate the globe. But more than many, the San Francisco International Film Festival may satisfy a collective hunch of what such a gathering should be. Perhaps age has something to do with it; at 53 years old, SFIFF, held this year from April 22 to May 6, 2010, is the oldest film festival in the Americas. Then there's the topography of San Francisco, which rises, falls and yields vistas that themselves cop filmic metaphors. Or maybe it's because San Francisc...

San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) will close with Joan Rivers--A Piece of Work,

The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) will close with Joan Rivers--A Piece of Work, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's surprising look at the iconic performer, 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 6 at San Francisco's landmark movie palace the Castro Theatre. Joan Rivers is expected to attend, along with codirector Stern. A Closing Night celebration 9:30 pm at 1015 Folsom will bring the 53rd International to a rousing finish. "We're thrilled to have Ricki Stern and Annie ...

San Francisco (April 22 - May 6) SFIFF 53 New Directors Competition Films

The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 is given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. An independent jury will select the New Directors Prize winner, to be announced at the Golden Gate Awards Wednesday, May 5. Alamar, directed by Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico 2009 West Coa...

50th Anniversary of San Francisco Mime Troupe at Mill Valley Fest

Since I call myself "interested in theatre" and I lived in San Francisco for four years,it's probably some sort of sin that I had never heard of the San Francisco Mime Troupe before Friday.  When I sawthe Mill Valley Film Festival was having an event: Troupers: 50 Years of the San Francisco Mime Troupe I was intrigued, but also sincerely thought I was infor a night of miming- in my mind silent acting.   The illustrious Peter Coyote introduced the event by reading a section from his ...

Alice's 3-Minute Film Festival

Alice's 3-Minute Independent Film Festival
Dedicated to everyone who dreams of being a Director!
Alice @ 97.3 radio in San Francisco announces Call for Entries for the seventh annual 3-Minute Independent Film Festival which will be held November 6, 2009 at the historic Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco. With over $10,000 in cash and prizes, extensive radio exposure and more, this season's juried competition offers filmmakers a unique opportunity to showcase their 'short' cinematic masterpiece and be honored in an evening that celebrates the art of short film. Over the last 5 years, more the 100 short films have been screened at Alice's 3-Minute Film Festival with over $70,000 in cash and prizes awarded. We are looking forward to receiving more innovative and creative works for our 2009 festival.

Alice's 3-Minute Independent Film festival is looking for short film submissions in the following categories:
  • Drama /Documentary
  • Comedy
  • Animation
  • Original music video

    The only limit to creativity is the running time of your film. Your short film must be 2 - 5 minutes long. The running time does not count closing credits, so your film can run over 5 minutes if you're running closing credits. Deadline for submissions is October 19, 2009. Submissions are free. Enter today. Your film could be chosen and showcased at Alice's Film Festival on November 6, 2009 where an esteemed jury will choose the best overall film in each category to win cash and prizes in a special award ceremony at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco. Good luck, we look forward to watching your film.

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Rockwell the Inspiration for Duncan Jones' 'Moon'

Rockwell the Inspiration for Duncan Jones' 'Moon' WHOA! This movie is a mind-blow. Let me start by saying that I am quite unfamiliar with the genre of science fiction. When I read about this movie I didn't think, 'Oh what a cool sci-fi this movie will be.' SO it was a surprise to me when during the Q&A at the West Coast premiere of the movie at the SFIFF Sunday night so many questions and answers had to do with the sci-fi genre (themes borrowed from other movies, etc...

'Age of Stupid' Finally, BOLDLY Shows Fate of Earth

Last night 'Age of Stupid' had its North American premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and after watching I feel more called to action than I have in my 23 years on earth. "I hope you enjoy the film- well not enjoy exactly- it's not a feel good movie but a feel inspired movie," director Franny Armstrong said before the show. This is not your average documentary. Age of Stupid starts in the future- the year 2055 at a [computer generated] "digi...

Coppola, American Zoetrope Founders Thrill San Franciscans

Forty years ago Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Carroll Ballard, and Walter Murch moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles, and founded the film company American Zoetrope.  Three years later Coppola made ‘The Godfather.’ Accompanied by their wives, last night the men sat around on stage at the world-renowned Castro Theatre, telling the story of how it all began.   Zoetrope was $30,000 in dept before Coppola did ‘The Godfather.’  Worried about the debt and knowing that C...

Everything Strange and New in San Francisco

Last night I watched 'Everything Strange and New' - showing one last time tomorrow- Saturday, May 2nd at the Kabuki cinema for the San Francisco International Film Festival.  Two minutes in I wanted to skip back to the beginning because I was stopped in my tracks by the style of film making.   I wanted to watch it over so as to catch every detail.  This is a BLEAK movie.  And man, the filmmaking is incredible at illustrating bleakness.  Eerily slow zooms and dolly shots ...

SFIFF52 Lineup Announced

The full schedule for the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, April 23-May 7, is now available at Keep an eye out for new films by masters like Claire Denis (35 Shots of Rum), John Boorman (The Tiger's Tail) and Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking); brilliant documentaries by Heddy Honigmann (Oblivion), Joe Berlinger (Crude) and Anne Aghion (My Neighbor, My Killer); and remarkable feature debuts from Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion), Aida Begic (Snow) an...

San Francisco Short Film Festival

Call for Entries for Short Films up to 30 minutes.

All formats and themes are welcome.

Rules & Regulations - Entry Form

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1000 Journals in San Francisco

The 1000 Journals Project was started in San Francisco, in the summer of 2000, eight years ago. And now we're coming back to San Francisco, after our wonderful run at the San Francisco International Film Festival, to show the film for a week at the Roxie Theater. This is quite a milestone in the life of the documentary: our first theatrical booking, with hopefully more to come across the country.If you live in San Francisco, please come and join us at the Roxie, and bring your friends. If you kn...

What's up at the SFIFF , May 3rd

 Here's what's going on at the San francisco International Film festival today, May 3rd.  The "scoop do jour"- Visit for links and more. Video Scoop The latest video edition of Scoop du Jour features scenes from Film Society Awards Night with honorees and guests in attendance, plus an interview with filmmaker Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg) about his foray into “docu-fantasia.” Who’s in Town? Arriving today are directors Peter Galison (Secrecy), Lance Ham...

Rundown of Documentaries competing for Golden Gate Awards at San Francisco Film Festival

Audrey Chang gives a rundown of the 12 exceptional documentaries competing for Golden Gate Awards at this year’s San Francisco Film Festival.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 13

Interviews with past SFIFF festival director's Claude Jarman and Peter Scarlett, board chair George Gund and festival photographer, Pamela Gentile.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 12

Danish filmmaker, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer talks about the making of her documentary, The Monastery.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 11

Dorka Keehn interviews Bay Area documentary filmmaker, Michael Jacobs,  the director of Audience of One.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 10

Dorka Keehn interviews Todd Trainer and Susan Dynner, the director and producer of Punks Not Dead.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 9

George Lucas, Spike Lee, Peter Morgan and more fabulous Festival guests walk the red carpet at Film Society Awards Night.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 8

Documentary filmmakers Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht speak about their latest film, All in This Tea and Video Scoop commentator, Dorka Keehn interviews Cyrus Frisch, director of Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me It Would Get this Bad in Afghanistan.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 7

Actor Danny Glover speaks about the Festival entry, Bamako.


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