Founder’s Directing Award
This soon-to-be announced award is given each year to a master of world cinema, in memory of Irving M. Levin, founder of the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Peter J. Owens Award
Named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations Peter J. Owens (1936–91), this soon-to-be announced award honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity.
Mel Novikoff Award
Named in honor of legendary San Francisco film exhibitor Mel Novikoff (1922–1987), this award is given to an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public’s knowledge and appreciation of world cinema. This year's recipient is Serge Bromberg.
Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award
Established in 1997, the Persistence of Vision Award each year honors the achievement of a filmmaker whose main body of work is outside the realm of typical narrative feature filmmaking, crafting documentaries, short films, television, animated, experimental or multiplatform work. This year's recipient is Matthew Barney.
State of Cinema Address
Each year, the Festival invites a leader in the world of cinema to address the issues facing the film world today. Past speakers include Peter Sellars, Tilda Swinton, Brad Bird, B. Ruby Rich, Michel Ciment, Kevin Kelly, Mary Ellen Mark and Walter Murch.This year's address will be delivered by Christine Vachon.
Film Society Awards Night
This star-studded occasion honors this year's directing, acting and screenwriting award recipients with a glamorous black-tie evening featuring onstage celebrity appearances and gourmet dining.
Golden Gate Awards
The GGAs recognize and promote excellence in documentaries, animation, shorts, experimental film and video, youth works and work for television. Three juries will bestow awards on films in 14 categories.
New Directors Prize
This $15,000 cash award supports innovative thinking by independent filmmakers and shines the spotlight on an emerging director. Films in this juried competition must be the director's first narrative feature, exhibit a unique artistic sensibility or vision and deserve to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.
Selected by the International Federation of Film Critics, this award aims to promote film art, to encourage new and young cinema and to help films get better distribution and win greater public attention.
The Film Festival's Midnight Awards have been created to honor a dynamic young American actor and actress who have made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema, and who bring striking intelligence, talent and depth of character to their roles.