Mar 23, 2021
The following films, playing at the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival (April 9–18), have secured US distribution or are in negotiations with a US distributor. Full reviews and feature articles for these films must be held until they open commercially, but we do encourage capsule reviews (75 words or less) or mentions in Festival overview articles. We would appreciate it if, when your review runs, you do mention that the film premiered (if appropriate) or screened at the 2021 SFFILM Festival. Features may be possible if they can be re-published upon a film’s subsequent Bay Area theatrical release.
After Antarctica, Tasha Van Zandt, USA
Censor, Prano Bailey-Bond, UK
Cryptozoo, Dash Shaw, USA
Dance of the 41, David Pablos, Mexico/Brazil
The Dry, Robert Connolly, Australia
Holler, Nicole Riegel, USA
Homeroom, Peter Nicks, USA
Lily Topples the World, Jeremy Workman, USA
Ma Belle, My Beauty, Marion Hill, USA / France
Naked Singularity, Chase Palmer, USA
The Perfect Candidate, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia / Germany
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It, Mariem Pérez Riera, USA
Son of Monarchs, Alexis Gambis, USA/Mexico
The Spokeswoman, Luciana Kaplan, Mexico
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, Marilyn Agrelo, USA
Socks on Fire, Bo McGuire, USA
Tove, Zalda Bergroth, Finland
We Are As Gods, David Alvarado, USA
The Whaler Boy, Phillipp Yuryev, Russia
2021 San Francisco International Film Festival
The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. The 64th edition runs April 9–18 with both Live Events and Streaming Programs, and features a drive-in, juried awards with cash prizes, and an exciting roster of filmmaker guests.
SFFILM is a nonprofit organization with a mission to champion the world’s finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, SFFILM is a year-round organization delivering screenings and events to more than 75,000 film lovers and media education programs to more than 15,000 students, teachers, and families annually. In addition to its public programs, SFFILM supports the careers of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond with grants, residencies, and other creative development services.