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Fact Sheet for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival
Festival runs April 25–May 9
158 Films
180 Filmmakers and Industry Guests Expected
51 Countries Represented
67 Narrative Features
28 Documentary Features
63 Shorts
1 International Premiere
5 North American Premieres
3 U.S. Premieres
25 Women Directors
31 Languages

Founder’s Directing Award – Philip Kaufman
Peter J. Owens Award – TBA
Kanbar Award – TBA
Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award – Jem Cohen
Mel Novikoff Award – Peter von Bagh
State of Cinema Address – Steven Soderbergh   
Golden Gate Awards ($55,000 total) – Winners will be announced May 8 at the Golden Gate Awards
New Directors Prize ($15,000) – Winner will be announced May 8 at the Golden Gate Awards
FIPRESCI Prize – Winner will be announced May 8 at the Golden Gate Awards
Audience Awards – Winners will be announced May 9 at the Closing Night film

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street
New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street
Bimbos 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Avenue
Roe, 651 Howard Street
Rouge, 1500 Broadway
Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street
Temple Nightclub and Ki Restaurant, 540 Howard Street

Venues are in San Francisco unless otherwise noted.

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56th San Francisco International Film Festival
The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 25–May 9 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre and New People Cinema in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Held each spring for 15 days, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities, featuring 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards and $70,000 in cash prizes, upwards of 100 participating filmmaker guests and diverse and engaged audiences with more than 70,000 in attendance.

San Francisco Film Society

Building on a legacy of more than 50 years of bringing the best in world cinema to the Bay Area, the San Francisco Film Society is a national leader in exhibition, education and filmmaker services. SFFS is headed by Executive Director Ted Hope with the programmatic leadership of Director of Programming Rachel Rosen, Director of Filmmaker360 Michele Turnure-Salleo and Director of Education Joanne Parsont.
The Film Society presents more than 100 days of exhibition each year, reaching a total audience of more than 100,000 people. Its acclaimed education program introduces international, independent and documentary cinema and media literacy to more than 10,000 teachers and students. Through Filmmaker360, the Film Society’s filmmaker services program, essential creative and business services, and funding totaling millions of dollars are provided to deserving filmmakers of all levels.
The Film Society seeks to elevate all aspects of film culture, offering a wide range of activities that engage emotions, inspire action, change perceptions and advance knowledge. A 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, it is largely donor and member supported. Patronage and membership provides discounted prices, access to grants and residencies, private events and a wealth of other benefits.
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