The San Francisco Film Festival Lives Up to Its Reputation

By Michelle Medlock, posted 3 September 2010

Every Spring, San Francisco comes alive with fabulous films and the talented, creative minds who make the movies that touch hearts all over the world. The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is the longest-running film festival in the United States, attracting more than 80,000 people each year. In fact, approximately 6,000 films have been featured at the SFIFF since it began in 1957. And, it's no wonder that filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike enjoy coming to San Francisco each year because the city has much to offer. From Pier 39 to Fisherman's Wharf to Ghirardelli Square-San Francisco is simply stunning.

Over 100 filmmakers flock to the city every year for the Bay Area's most celebrated cultural extravaganza, treating audiences to narrative feature films, live action and short animated shorts, television and theatrical documentaries, onstage tributes, industry awards, lively panel discussions and more. Touted as one of the best film festivals on the circuit, the SFIFF has been revered in some of today's most influential circles and publications. Editor Alex Romanelli of Variety magazine once said, "Few festivals are more suited to their city than the International. It's clearly a festival programmed by those who love film for people who love film."

Make sure you check with the film festival's official website for ticket information and schedule and venue updates. The usual main venues for film screenings include: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street; Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street; Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley; and Clay Theater, 2261 Fillmore Street. Get your tickets early and don't miss out on the best feature films and meaningful documentaries in the world.

Plan your trip: Hotel rooms in San Francisco can be booked via San Francisco Hotels, the leading hotel reservations website for the Bay area.

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