One of the only annoying things about the Bay Area is the number of film festivals. Normally, one would see this as a good thing (and yes, it is, in some ways). However, there are simply too many to attend them all, and thus, a challenge to living in the Bay Area is the wealth of films that one will be exposed to. A brief summary of a couple of my favorites, or at least what I think my favorites would be, if I had time to attend them all…

San Francisco International Film Festival:

It is possible that I have never actually been to this one, but it doesn’t stop the fact that I study the website and usually decide on a few films I would like to see every single year. Dating back to 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival boasts itself as the longest-running film festival in the Americas. It is held every spring for two weeks and features both events and films attracting an audience of more than 70,000.

As the SFIFF Website states:

SFIFF is one of the most important events in the Bay Area’s cultural calendar and an important stop on the international festival circuit.The International is deeply rooted in the strongest and finest traditions of appreciation of film both as an art form and as a meaningful agent for social change… Remarkably intimate for a festival of its size and scope, the International combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, hard-hitting documentaries, digital media work and star-studded gala events.

The Disposable Film Festival:

With a focus on the new forms of film, the Disposable Film Festival was selected by MovieMaker Magazine as one the world’s “coolest film festivals.” Created in 2007 by Carlton Evans and Eric Slatkin to celebrate the democratization of cinema made possible by low cost video technology: everyday equipment like mobile phones, pocket cameras, DSLRs and other inexpensive devices.

Through screenings, workshops, competitions, panels, and other events intended to educate and inspire, the Disposable Film Festival promotes experimentation and helps build the track record needed for a new generation of filmmakers to enter and change the industry. Disposable kicks off in San Francisco every March before traveling to cities around the world.

In addition to the above mentioned there is also the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival as well as a Green Film Festival and a German Film Festival in addition to many others that may or may not be worth a look.


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