The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) is an essential stop on the circuit for emerging storytellers and established filmmakers alike. The Bay Area's premier film event and the longest running film festival in the Americas, the SFFILM Festival is deeply rooted in the culture of film appreciation—film as an art form and as a meaningful force for social change. The Festival is an important showcase for the most vibrant and innovative films from around the globe.
The 2022 SFFILM Festival program featured 130 films from 56 countries with 56% helmed by female or non-binary filmmakers and 52% directed by BIPOC filmmakers. Out of all the films in the Festival, 50% came from submissions right here on FilmFreeway.
The 2023 SFFILM Festival will take place from April 13–23 with both in-person and online events, parties, talks and more. Exact dates, venue footprint, and in-person event structure are all subject to some change based on the realities of producing a safe and accessible film festival at that time.
🎥 Opportunities for Filmmakers
Festival filmmakers have several incredible opportunities to connect with SFFILM Makers and SFFILM Education programs during the 11 day event including a series of industry talks and pitch sessions to discuss future projects and funding resources as well as participate with Bay Area students and educators through student screenings, school visits, hands-on workshops, and more.