Selected International Film Festivals

San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival San Francisco Film Society
39, Mesa Street, Suite 110
The Presidio
94129 San Francisco CA
United States
phone +1-415-5 61 50 00
fax +1-415-5 61 50 99

Roxanne Messina Captor

Program Director
Mrs. Rachel Rosen

Year of Foundation 1957

Event Date from 10 April 2019 till 23 April 2019

in San Francisco, United States

International Competition

Sections New Visions (Experimental Film and Video), New Directors Prize (Debut Narrative Features), Golden Gates Awards, Big Nights, World Cinema, Shorts, Tributes

Terms of Entry productions completed after January 1, 2017; US premiere recommended; films which have been screened or broadcasted on TV in the San Francisco Bay Area are not accepted; feature film: longer than 50 min.; shorts: less than 50 min.

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format 35 mm, DCP, HDCAM

Registration Deadline Early Deadline: 1 October 2018, (shorts< 30min US$35, shorts <50min US$45, features >50min US$60)
Official Deadline: 5 November 2018, (shorts< 30min US$60, shorts <50min US$70, features >50min US$75)
Final Deadline: 11 January 2019, (shorts< 30min US$80, shorts <50min US$90, features >50min US$100)

Attendance Figures 70,000 More than 200 filmmakers in attendance

Participants of the Film Industry about 270

Prizes/Awards New Directors Prize (US$ 10.000); Documentary Feature (US$ 10.000); Audience Awards (Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Film).

German Films


Dark Wave
MONOS by Alejandro Landes (CO/AR/NL/DE/UY/FR, Pandora Filmproduktion)
Global Visions
IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler (DE/IT, Pandora Filmproduktion, Komplizen Film)
Marquee Presentations
AQUARELA by Victor Kossakowsky (DE/GB/DK, Filmproduktion)
MEETING GORBACHEV by Werner Herzog & André Singer (DE/UK/US)
FEST by Nikita Diakur

Number of Films Shown 150 films

Media Coverage broad coverage in the American media, especially in the general press as well as in specialist publications

Specific Characteristics The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.

Evaluation San Francisco is the "oldest festival of the two Americas" and is an important festival particularly for the public. The variety of the program and the great number of special awards are attractive for the audience and the attending filmmakers.

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