Aug 27, 2020
Online Edition of SFFILM’s Annual Awards Season Event Highlighting Excellence in Film Will Take Place December 9
San Francisco, CA – SFFILM has announced that SFFILM Awards Night, its annual fundraiser and awards season celebration honoring achievement in filmmaking, will take place on Wednesday, December 9. The organization’s highly regarded awards show will shift from its traditional seated dinner and onstage presentation format to a dynamic live-streamed showcase.
“This year has brought no shortage of challenges for global film culture, and we are excited to answer by pivoting our events to new formats that allow for our audiences to participate from wherever they are,” said SFFILM Executive Director Anne Lai. “We’re thrilled to bring the excitement of the film awards season to the Bay Area, and to champion the films and artists who are creating compelling and bold work. This is also a meaningful moment for us to raise the funds to do our year-round work supporting independent artists, curating films for our audiences, and teaching the art and craft of film to Bay Area students.”
SFFILM Awards Night’s prestigious awards include the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction, the SFFILM Award for Acting (formerly the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting), and the Kanbar Award for Storytelling. SFFILM honorees throughout the years have included Amy Adams, Robert Altman, Kathryn Bigelow, Ellen Burstyn, Chinonye Chukwu, Francis Ford Coppola, Adam Driver, Guillermo del Toro, Harrison Ford, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, Marielle Heller, Abbas Kiarostami, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Steve McQueen, Mira Nair, Winona Ryder, Lulu Wang, Robin Williams, and Kate Winslet, among many others.
One of San Francisco’s most highly anticipated annual film events and social circuit gatherings, SFFILM Awards Night leverages the Bay Area’s increasing awards season relevance and amplifies the region’s voice in the end-of-year film conversation. The program recognizes the storied careers of some of the best and brightest in contemporary cinema with special onstage tributes and celebrity presenters.
The 2020 SFFILM Awards Night honorees will be announced in the coming months, along with additional details regarding the evening’s online program. SFFILM Awards Night supports the organization’s year-round work to discover and nurture the next generation of film artists, not only through the SFFILM Festival and other screenings and events, but also through its SFFILM Education and SFFILM Makers initiatives.
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 13,000 students and teachers 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. For more information visit sffilm.org.