Big awards, big talents, big statements. Read about the outstanding careers being celebrated with the Film Society's annual directing, acting and screenwriting awards, the Mel Novikoff and Persistence of Vision Awards and the Golden Gate Awards.
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.
An extension of the Film Society's year-round Film Studies program, these new master classes are a unique opportunity for audience members to engage with special Festival guests and get an insider's guide to intriguing cinema subjects.
Schools at the Festival
After two decades, Schools at the Festival remains a major annual highlight of the Youth Education program. To commemorate this 20-year milestone, SFIFF54 features an additional series of special public programs including a family matinee, an animation workshop for kids and a teacher appreciation night.
Live & Onstage
Musicians and artists add an extra dimension to unique film screenings, and a leading cultural figure addresses the State of Cinema in the Film Society's annual address.
This new discussion series is designed to deepen and enhance the Festival experience and take it a few steps beyond the post-screening Q&A. Bay Area film scholars lead in-depth audience conversations about major film genres and prominent Festival themes.
SFIFF College Days
This three-day film series, offered exclusively to Bay Area college and university students, consists of five Festival films and includes post-screening Q&A with visiting filmmakers and a guest lecturer.