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A Note from San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Noah Cowan:
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival. We are proud of the finely curated selection of films from around the world to be found in this year's program. Director of Programming Rachel Rosen and her team have done a remarkable job combining a range of globally relevant stories with the finest films made in the United States—and especially right here in the Bay Area.
To emphasize the diversity of programming in this year's Festival we have taken this opportunity to present a new configuration of Festival sections, which we are confident will help audiences find the kinds of films that inspire them, and perhaps make some new discoveries along the way, too.
Among those offerings are six films directly supported by the San Francisco Film Society through its innovative grant and residencies collectively known as Filmmaker360, as well as ten features and 27 short films destined for our Schools at the Festivals initiative, a national model for programs of its kind and part of our year-round Education department activity.
The San Francisco Film Society has had a remarkable year of consolidation and growth. Driven by a tenacious and rapidly expanding Board of Directors and a vital and energized staff, we have forged a new strategic plan for the organization that roots us in the wondrous innovation and intense curiosity that marks out the Bay Area as such a special place in the world.
Perhaps the key feature of that plan is a commitment to high impact year-round programming, as we bring the most vigorous voices in world cinema to the Bay Area and introduce them to our remarkable community in the months outside the Festival season. We have also launched a streamlined membership program to bring new members of our community to this exciting, robust journey into the great films of our age.
We invite you to join us in our expanded journey through cinema.
This Festival would not be possible without the support of many incredible people: our Board, and especially our exceptional President David Winton; our loyal members and donors; our exceptional staff and the inspiring volunteers and interns who ground us in this community we cherish.
Have fun, and see lots of movies!
Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society
Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks and highly anticipated by its loyal and passionate audiences, SFIFF is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country's most beautiful cities, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for excellence in film craft.