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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: or

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.


Call for Entries for SFIFF52

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Call for Entries for SFIFF52

PRIMARY DEADLINE: postmarked by Friday, November 7, 2008
FINAL DEADLINE: postmarked by Friday, December 5, 2008

The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival has built an international reputation for bringing the world's finest films and filmmakers together with passionate and enthusiastic Bay Area audiences. Visionary from the start, the S.F. International has shown nearly 6,000 films from over 120 countries to nearly two million people and earned worldwide recognition as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic excellence.

Narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental, youth-produced and television works on film, video and digital media which have been completed after January 1, 2008 may be submitted. The Festival highlights current trends in international film and video production with an emphasis on work that has not yet secured U.S. distribution.

Entry form and information:
San Francisco Film Society members at the Filmmaker Pro level are eligible for a discount on SFIFF entry fees. More information about SFFS membership can be found at


Documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental, youth-produced and television works are eligible for 15 Golden Gate Awards and cash prizes totaling $80,000. SFIFF52 will inaugurate the Golden Gate Award for Best Investigative Documentary Feature, with a juried cash prize of $25,000. This new award, along with increases in the purse for Best Documentary Feature to $20,000 and Best Bay Area Documentary Feature to $15,000, enable the International to showcase the finest nonfiction works from across the globe.

Established in 1997 by the Festival to recognize a film with a unique artistic sensibility or vision. First features by emerging filmmakers will be considered for the $15,000 prize.

Audience Awards will be given to the Best Narrative Feature and the Best Documentary Feature. The Chris Holter Award for Humor in Film includes a $3,500 prize.

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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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