SFFILM champions the world’s finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area.
What We Do
San Francisco International Film Festival
The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the SFFILM Festival is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery.
SFFILM Presents a robust slate of public programs throughout the year, including red carpet premiere events and advance member screenings.
SFFILM Makers provides significant financial and creative resources to independent filmmakers worldwide through grants and advisory services.
SFFILM Education helps more than 13,000 students each year to develop media literacy skills, cultural awareness, and a lifelong appreciation of movies.
Our Values – What We Believe
The Art Form
We believe in the enduring power, beauty, and social impact of film and cherish it as an indispensable art form and an instrument of inquiry and education.
We are committed to supporting the imagination, talent, and professional sustainability of filmmakers, with an eye to an ever-expanding community of voices from diverse backgrounds. The Bay Area is an increasingly important hub for independent filmmaking, and we celebrate the region’s growing role as a convening point for artists and funders alike.
We are dedicated to delivering quality, enrichment, education, access, and enjoyment to everyone in our community — audiences, students, and members, as well as our partners, supporters, volunteers, and staff — and to meeting their demand for globally oriented storytelling and thoughtful dialogue.
The San Francisco Bay Area
We are inspired by the place we live in and what it aspires to be: a center of curiosity, creativity, and conversation; a site for social action and political protest; a laboratory for innovation and inquiry; a gateway to global culture and diverse perspectives; and a harbor of equity and inclusion. Our work should champion and broadcast these values.
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SFFILM Awards Night: Oscar Hopefuls Amy Adams, Steve McQueen and Boots Riley Feted in Room Full of Academy Members