Bay Area Film Festivals by Month

January
Berlin & Beyond CineKink Noir City Film Festival San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

Film Festival Guide
Boasting dozens upon dozens of homegrown events anchored by a few of the country’s most visible festivals, San Francisco has slowly but surely evolved into the quintessential film festival town. To help you claim your hometown bragging rights, Release Print magazine gives you the first ever San Francisco Film Festival Guide, an indispensable list of local festivals with submission deadlines, contact information, and programming descriptions. We have attempted to include, without discrimination, all of the festivals within the San Francisco-Berkeley-Oakland triangle, and have tossed in a few other regional offerings that are too fabulous to ignore. Festivals are listed alphabetically; to help you plan your weekends we have also included a list of festivals organized by month and a handy list of notable film series and showcases that you won’t want to miss. —Compiled by Marcia Scott

San Francisco Bay Area

February
Canine Film Festival Cinequest Film Festival Noise Pop Film Festival San Francisco Armenian Film Festival San Francisco Independent Film Festival Spike and Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation

March
Human Rights Watch Int’l Film Festival Lunafest San Francisco Irish Film Festival San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival Tiburon Int’l Film Festival Women of Color Film Festival

April
Alice’s Three Minute Film Festival EarthDance Environmental Film Festival hi/lo Film Festival ResFest San Francisco Int’l Film Festival

3rd i San Francisco Int’l South Asian Film Festival

Arab Film Festival

May
Danville Int’l Children’s Festival PXL This

Presenter 3rd i SF Website thirdi.org/festival Location San Francisco Dates November 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadlines July/August 2007 t.b.a. 3rd i is a nonprofit organization promoting diverse images of South Asians. 3rd i showcases independent films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the South Asian diaspora, as well as innovative and alternative films at the organization’s monthly screenings and at its annual SFISAFF. This year’s theme is Bollywood and Beyond.

Presenter AFF, Inc. Website aff.org Locations San Francisco; Berkeley; San Jose Dates October 18–28, 2007 Submission deadline May 15, 2007 The AFF enhances public understanding of Arab culture and provides representations of Arabs that contradict the stereotypical images frequently encountered in the American mass media. The AFF screens films from and about the Arab world that provide realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history, and politics.

June
Another Hole in the Head San Francisco Animation Festival San Francisco Black Film Festival San Francisco Int’l LGBT Film Festival Superfest Int’l Disability Film Festival Queer Women of Color Film Festival Zeitgeist Int’l Film Festival

ATA Film and Video Festival
Presenter Artists’ Television Access Website festival.atasite.org Location ATA, San Francisco Dates October 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline May 31, 2007

Alice’s Three Minute Film Festival
Presenter KLLC San Francisco: Alice @ 97.3 Website radioalice.com Location Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco Date April 13, 2007 Submission deadline March 26, 2007

July
Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival Int’l Working Class Film and Video Festival/LaborFest San Francisco Frozen Film Festival San Francisco Jewish Film Festival San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival San Francisco Silent Film Festival

August
San Francisco Int’l Short Film Festival (SF Shorts) San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival Dead Channels: The SF Fest of Fantastic Films

The festival has been described as “part film fest—part Golden Globes” because in one evening approximately 20 short films are shown to an audience of 600, a jury then awards $10,000 in cash and prizes, and finally a few acceptance speeches are made.

Since 1984, ATA has worked toward artistic equity by providing exhibition opportunities to local, national, and international artists. To celebrate and promote experimental film and filmmakers, ATA hosts the ATA Film and Video Festival—an assembly of short films you won’t see anywhere else.

American Indian Film Festival
Presenter American Indian Film Institute Website aifisf.com Location San Francisco Dates November 2–10, 2007 Submission deadline August 10, 2007

Berkeley Video and Film Festival
Presenter East Bay Media Center Website berkeleyvideofilmfest.org Location Oaks Theater, Berkeley Dates October 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline July 1, 2007

September
Madcat Women’s Int’l Film Festival Oakland Int’l Film Festival San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (DOCFEST)

October
ATA Film and Video Festival Arab Film Festival Berkeley Video and Film Festival CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival Good Vibrations Amateur Erotic Film Competition Italian Film Festival Mill Valley Film Festival San Francisco Int’l Animation Festival Slomo Video Festival (“Horror” Edition) United Nations Association Film Festival

The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is a nonprofit media arts center founded in 1979 to foster understanding of the culture, traditions, and issues of contemporary Native Americans.

Another Hole in the Head: 8 Nights of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror

Founded by award-winning independent filmmakers who were involved with the “independent underground cinema revolution” in the early and mid-1960s, BV&FF was created in 1990 to provide a venue for independent film and videomakers creating works that challenge and confront our notions of “Electronic Cinema.”

November
3rd i San Francisco Int’l South Asian Film Festival American Indian Film Festival Int’l Latino Film Festival-San Francisco Bay Area New Italian Cinema Poppy Jasper Film Festival Tranny Fest

Presenter SF IndieFest Website sfindie.com Location Roxie New College Film Center, San Francisco Dates June 7–15, 2007 Submission deadline April 13, 2007 The best genre films from the Bay Area and beyond.

Berlin and Beyond

Presenter Goethe-Institut Website berlinandbeyond.com Location Castro Theatre, San Francisco Dates January 10–16, 2008 Submission deadline October 1, 2007 Berlin and Beyond is a weeklong festival of new films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. Awards given are Best First Feature and an Audience Award.

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Bicycle Film Festival Fearless Tales Genre Fest Int’l Buddhist Film Festival Media That Matters Older Adult Film Festival San Francisco Irish Film Festival San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

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EarthDance Environmental Film Festival

MadCat Women’s Int’l Film Festival

San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival

Bicycle Film Festival

Website bicyclefilmfestival.com Locations San Francisco; National Tour Dates May–December 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) By celebrating bicycles and bike culture through film, art, and music, the festival advocates bicycles’ abilities to transport people in many ways. “Ultimately the Fest is about having a good time.” (Touring festival)

CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival
Presenter CounterCorp Website countercorp.org Location Victoria Theater, San Francisco Dates October 19–21, 2007 Submission deadline August 1, 2007

Good Vibrations Amateur Erotic Film Competition

Presenter Good Vibrations (Open Enterprises, Inc.) Website goodvibes.com Location San Francisco Date October 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline t.b.a. Need we say more?

Brainwash Movies Drive-In/Bike-In/ Walk-In Movie Festival

Website brainwashm.com Location Alliance for West Oakland Development Dates July 6–7, 2007 Submission deadlines April 15; May 1; May 10, 2007 Remember when MTV was cool? Brainwash rekindles the spirit of the drive-in and cleanses your brain of all the boring television it soaks up. The festival shows approximately 25 shorts and occasionally a feature; make sure you bring an FM radio so you can tune into the film.

The CounterCorp Festival seeks to raise public and media awareness, promote critical thinking and analysis, and encourage discussion and debate about the true nature of corporations, the role they play in our society, and the effects they have on people, communities, and cultures around the world—and on the planet itself.

hi/lo Film Festival

Danville Int’l Children’s Festival

Presenter California Independent Film Festival Association Website dicff.org Location Danville Dates May 18–20, 2007 Submission deadline January 2008 t.b.a. Family-friendly films for or by children.

Presenter Killing My Lobster Website hilofilmfestival.com Locations Brava Theater Center, San Francisco; Parkway Theater, Oakland Dates April 12–15, 2007 Submission deadlines November 15, 2007; December 15, 2007; January 15, 2008 (for 2008 festival) In 1997 Killing My Lobster produced Space Chocolate and presented it at the first hi/lo film festival with works from other Bay Area filmmakers who had more ideas than they did money. Hi/lo believes that when it comes to making movies, “$40 million dollars can kill a good idea.”

Canine Film Festival

Presenter PAWS SF (Pets are Wonderful Support) Website caninefilmfest.org Location San Francisco Dates February 2008 t.b.a. Submission deadline t.b.a. In celebration of canines in cinema, the festival brings together the best dog films in the world. The Canine Film Festival is a benefit for PAWS.

Dead Channels: The San Francisco Festival of Fantastic Film

Human Rights Watch Int’l Film Festival

Website deadchannels.com Location Castro Theatre & Roxie New College Film Center, San Francisco Dates August 9–16, 2007 Submission deadline May 31, 2007 Dead Channels is international showcase for entertaining and intelligent science fiction, fantasy, horror, exploitation, action, and weird unclassifiable gems.

Presenters Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Human Rights Watch Website hrw.org/iff Location YBCA, San Francisco; PFA, Berkeley; New York; London Dates March 2, 8, 15, & 22, 2007 (YBCA) Submission deadline December 2007 t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) In collaboration with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, the festival presents a selection of powerful fiction and documentary films with distinctive human rights themes. The works help to put a human face on threats to individual freedom and dignity, and celebrate the power of the human spirit and intellect to prevail. (Touring Festival)

CineKink

Presenters Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; CineKink Website cinekink.com Locations San Francisco; New York Dates January 2008 t.b.a. CineKink is a New York-based organization that recognizes and encourages the positive depiction of alternative sexuality in film and television. With offerings drawn from Hollywood and beyond, works presented range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot porn, mildly spicy to quite explicit—and everything in between. (Touring festival)

EarthDance Environmental Film Festival

Presenter Oakland Museum of California Website earthdancefilms.com Locations Oakland Museum of California; Int’l tour Dates April 14–15, 2007 Submission deadline March 1, 2008 (for 2008 festival) Celebrating nature, film, and you. EarthDance makes sustainability sexy.

Int’l Buddhist Film Festival

Cinequest Film Festival

Presenter Buddhist Film Society, Inc. Website ibff.org Locations Bay Area; International tour Dates t.b.a. Submission deadline Open year-round IBFF presents, preserves, and archives Buddhist-themed and -inspired cinema of all kinds: features, documentaries, animation, experimental, children’s, and television programs.

Presenter Cinequest, Inc. Website cinequest.com Location San Jose Dates February 28–March 11, 2007 Submission deadline November 2007 t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) Cinequest is a premier motion picture institute that produces: Cinequest Film Festival, a discovery festival of maverick films and technology forums; Cinequest Distribution, delivering films to fans worldwide through leading internet technologies plus DVD; Cinequest Screenwriting Competition; Camp Cinequest, a groundbreaking youth education program.

Fearless Tales Genre Fest
Presenter Fearless Tales Website fearlesstales.com Dates Postponed

When Fearless Tales began their genre-focused festival, San Francisco was lacking a fest devoted to horror, sci-fi, or fantasy genre films. Now that there are multiple fests devoted to these themes, they’re searching for another yet undiscovered niche to build a festival around. In the meantime, they have begun helping independent films find distributors.

Int’l Latino Film Festival–San Francisco Bay Area

Website latinofilmfestival.org Locations San Francisco; Berkeley; Other Bay Area cities Dates November 2–18, 2007 (tentative) Submission deadline March 2008 t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) ILFF was founded in 1997 by Sylvia Perel to benefit the Bay Area andthe world by promoting cinema of significant artistic merit created by or about Latinos and to celebrate cultural understanding through the art of film and filmmaking.

Bay Area Film Festival Guide 2007

Arab Film Festival

Canine Film Festival

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Int’l Working Class Film and Video Festival/LaborFest
Presenter LaborFest Website laborfest.net Locations San Francisco; Oakland Dates July 5–31, 2007 Submission deadline May 7, 2007

Mill Valley Film Festival

Presenter California Film Institute Website mvff.com Locations Mill Valley; San Rafael Dates October 4–14, 2007 Submission deadlines April 30; May 31; June 30, 2007; (beginning April 1) Known as a filmmakers’ festival, the annual MVFF offers a high-profile, prestigious, and non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. Local filmmaker-friendly.

Older Adult Film Festival

Presenter Legacy Film Series Website legacyfilmseries.com Location t.b.a. Date t.b.a. Submission deadline Email info@legacyfilmseries.com (subject “Filmmaker”) Hosted by the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco as part of its FreudFest, the Older Adult Film Festival screens films that portray the hardships and joys of aging.

LaborFest focuses on working class issues in the U.S. and internationally. The festival encourages submission of documentaries, dramas, and animated works that deal with discrimination, the affects of war, living conditions, the health and safety of workers, and struggle for labor and human rights on the job.

New Italian Cinema

PXL This

Italian Film Festival

Website italianfilm.com Location San Rafael Dates Saturday nights in October and November 2007 Submission deadline N/A The Italian Film Festival presents the best of current and classic Italian films in an authentically Italian setting.

Presenters SFFS; New Italian Cinema Events; Istituto Italiano di Cultura Website sffs.org Location t.b.a. Dates November 2007 t.b.a. The showcase of contemporary Italian cinema focuses on leading emerging filmmakers.

Presenter Clap Off They Glass Productions Website indiespace.com/pxlthis Location ATA, San Francisco; National Tour Date May 12, 2007 Submission deadline September 22 (always accepting entries) This Los Angeles-based festival is dedicated to videos made with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000, a short-lived, affordable toy camcorder from the ‘80s that records both black and white images and sound directly onto audiocassette.

Lunafest

Noir City Film Festival

Presenter LunaBar and The Breast Cancer Fund Website lunafest.org Location Berkeley; National Tour Date March 13, 2007 Submission deadline April 30, 2007 (for 2008 festival) Lunafest programs a diverse range of films which embody the unique, humorous, touching, and inspirational roles of women in our local and international communities.

Presenter Film Noir Foundation Website noircity.com Location Castro Theatre, San Francisco Dates January 25–February 3, 2008 Submission deadline August 1, 2007 Rescuing, restoring, and exhibiting America’s noir heritage: the Film Noir Foundation considers short (10 minutes or less) noir-based films for presentation, but the organization mainly focuses on screening vintage feature films.

Poppy Jasper Film Festival

Presenter Poppy Jasper, Inc. Website poppyjasperfilmfest.org Location Morgan Hill Dates November 9–11, 2007 Submission deadlines March 31; May 31; June 30, 2007 Named after a semi-precious gemstone only found in the Morgan Hill area, the Poppy Jasper Film Festival promotes the emerging voices of independent filmmakers by fostering an environment of interaction and by exposing young artists to the craft and audiences to the passion of filmmaking.

MadCat Women’s Int’l Film Festival

Presenter MadCat Website madcatfilmfestival.org Locations San Francisco; Berkeley; Oakland; North American tour Dates September 12–27, 2007 Submission deadlines March 23; May 21, 2007 MadCat is the premiere venue for avant-garde women directors. The festival exhibits provocative and visionary works by women that are original in their use of the medium. MadCat advances an alternative vision by emphasizing innovative works that challenge the use of sound and image and explore notions of visual storytelling.

Noise Pop Film Festival

Presenter Noise Pop Website noisepop.com Locations San Francisco: Roxie New College Film Center, Mezzanine, ATA, 12 Galaxies Dates February 28–March 4, 2007 Submission deadline t.b.a. The festival draws both international and local films, premieres and homegrown works. Its organizers will bet you a white leather belt that you’ll say to yourself “Hey, I could do that!” and they hope you follow through. One of the new aspects this year is FREEDM Films (hosted in conjunction with Film Arts Foundation), a night of short personal interpretations on the theme “Make Art, Make Fun of Art.”

Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Presenter Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project Website qwocmap.org Location Brava Theater Center, San Francisco Dates June 8–10, 2007 Submission deadline December 2007 t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) QWOCMAP promotes the creation, exhibition, and distribution of new films/videos that increase the visibility of queer women of color, authentically reflect their life stories, and address the vital social issues that concern their communities.

Media that Matters
Host Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) Website mediathatmattersfest.org Location t.b.a. Dates 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) With connections to IFC and HBO, The Media That Matters Film Festival is a high-profile showcase of shorts that deal with pressing issues. “Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.” (Touring Festival)

Oakland Int’l Film Festival
Presenter Oakland Film Society Website oiff.org Location Oakland Dates September 19–26, 2007 Submission deadline June 1, 2007

ResFest

Dedicated to advancing independent films that “reflect, honor, and educate others about the rich diversity that is Oakland and the world.”

Presenter Res Media Group (RMG) Website resfest.com Locations San Francisco; International Tour Dates April 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline t.b.a. Res Media Group was one of the first organizations to foster digital art and culture. The Res Fest is celebrating its tenth tour with an innovative multimedia show including: an anniversary program compiled from its archives; the feature film Rock the Bells, directors Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly’s documentary about a promoter’s quest to reunite the Wu-Tang Clan; and a retrospective of Radiohead’s music videos. (Touring Festival)

San Francisco Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival

United Nations Association Film Festival

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

San Francisco Animation Festival
Presenter SF IndieFest Website sfindie.com Location San Francisco Dates June 8–14, 2007 Submission deadline April 13, 2007

San Francisco Independent Film Festival

San Francisco Int’l LGBT Film Festival

Brand spanking new: another film festival from Jeff Ross and the folks at SF IndieFest.

Presenter SF IndieFest Website sfindie.com Locations San Francisco; Berkeley Dates February 7–19, 2008 Submission deadline October 15, 2007 IndieFest has an appetite for films flying under the radar and first-time filmmakers. Drawing an eclectic crowd of more Mission hipsters than Marina socialites, the festival boasts “the best and most interesting films from around the Bay and around the world.”

Presenter Frameline Website frameline.org Locations San Francisco; Oakland Dates June 14–24, 2007 Submission deadlines December 22, 2007; January 11; February 1, 2008 (for 2008 festival) Frameline is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the exhibition, distribution, promotion, and funding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender media arts. Frameline’s San Francisco Int’l LGBT Film Festival creates an international stage for the world’s best queer film.

San Francisco Armenian Film Festival
Website armenianfilmfestival.org Locations San Francisco; New York Dates February 15–17, 2008 Submission deadline June 1, 2007

SFAFF increases the awareness and appreciation of the diversity of Armenian culture and creates a dialogue between different cultural communities through the screening of films and videos by or about Armenians from the Republic of Armenia, as well as the Armenian diaspora.

San Francisco Int’l Animation Festival

San Francisco Int’l Short Film Festival
Website sfshorts.org Location San Francisco Dates August 8–11, 2007 Submission deadlines March 19; May 21, 2007

Presenters SFFS; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Website sffs.org Location SFMOMA Dates October 2007 t,b.a. The new co-venture celebrates the fertile field of animation from innovative FX-based art house films to family-friendly cartoons.

San Francisco Black Film Festival
Website sfbff.org Location San Francisco Dates June 7–10 & 14–17, 2007 Submission deadline January 2008 t.b.a.

SF Shorts is an international festival that programs a wide range of challenging, genre-expanding short films and awards substantial prizes.

SFBFF celebrates African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora by showcasing a diverse collection of films from emerging and established filmmakers. The festival presents black films that reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, as well as provide filmmakers a forum for discussing their works. The festival believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time.

San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival

San Francisco Irish Film Festival

Presenter Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Website asianamericanfilmfestival.org Locations San Francisco; Berkeley; San Jose Dates March 15–25, 2007 Submission deadline t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) The largest and one of the oldest Asian American film festivals in North America, SFIAFF celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Its programming—ever expanding to broaden the characterization of Asian identity and experiences represented in film—has been instrumental in establishing Asian and Asian American cinema in the U.S.

Presenter Irish Arts Foundation Website sfirishfilm.com Location Roxie New College Film Center, San Francisco Dates 2008 t.b.a. Submission deadline t.b.a. The mission of the Irish Film Festival is to bring the best new Irish cinema and television to the Bay Area and to screen films that will not normally get a U.S. theatrical release

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
Presenter SF IndieFest Website sfindie.com Location San Francisco Dates September 27–October 7, 2007 Submission deadline July 20, 2007

San Francisco Int’l Film Festival

Website sfjff.org Locations San Francisco; Berkeley; Mountain View; San Rafael Dates July 19–August 6, 2007 Submission deadline February 14, 2008 The SFJFF promotes awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Festival programs create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history, and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience; and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.

Presenter San Francisco Film Society Website sffs.org Locations San Francisco; Berkeley; Palo Alto Dates April 26–May 10, 2007 Submission deadlines t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) At 50, SFIFF is the Western Hemisphere’s granddaddy of film festivals. The festival showcases the current trends in international film and video, bestows the prestigious Golden Gate Awards, and offers a few Oscar qualifying categories. Still spawning new initiatives, such as the community-building website sf360.org, the San Francisco Film Society under Graham Leggat’s direction promises to continue embracing the art, technology, and innovation of world cinema.

“Most movies are just an industrial product.” DOCFEST avoids potential Oscar candidates, preferring documentaries about the overlooked, yet astonishing subcultures of the world.

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
Website oceanfilmfest.org Location Cowell Theater, San Francisco Dates January 25–27, 2008 (tentative) Submission deadline October 31, 2007

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival

Website frozenfilmfestival.com Locations Roxie New College Film Center, San Francisco Dates July 12–15, 2007 Submission deadlines Late, March 31; WAB, May 20, 2007 Named after Mark Twain’s description of a summer in San Francisco being “the coldest winter he ever spent,” the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival launches this year with the hopes of “bringing the hippest and most cutting edge independent films” to San Francisco “from around the globe.”

This festival celebrates the sea and its place in our lives with films whose subject or story is touched by saltwater. It screens films on ocean science, culture, sports, industry, ecology, and exploration. It welcomes short, long, fiction or non, animated, experimental, comedic, and children’s films with a connection to the sea.

Bay Area Film Festival Guide 2007

LaborFest

Women of Color Film Festival

San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival

Website sexworkerfest.com Location Roxie New College Film Center, San Francisco Dates July 20–22, 2007 Submission deadline May 1, 2007 The SWF honors the dynamic contributions prostitutes, dancers, porn performers, and other sex workers make to arts communities. Through films, performances, and events the festival focuses on national and international sex workers’ rights; their artistry, their individual stories, and gender identities; and larger topics on sex education, art, porn, and erotica.

Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation

Presenter Mellow Manor Productions Website spikeandmike.com Locations The Victoria Theater, San Francisco; San Jose; International Tour Dates February 23–April 28, 2007 Submission deadline July 5, 2007 (for Comic-Con San Diego); otherwise always accepting Mellow Manor Productions, Inc., founded by Craig ‘Spike’ Decker and Mike Gribble, is named after the house where Spike, Mike, and many others lived. This was an ‘Animal House‘ before National Lampoon made theirs famous. Although Mike Gribble passed away in August of 1994, Spike continues to produce touring festivals of animated shorts with the highest standards of artistic and subversive excellence. (Touring Festival)

United Nations Association Film Festival

Presenter United Nations Association MidPeninsula Chapter; Stanford Film Society Website unaff.org Locations San Francisco; Palo Alto; East Palo Alto; Stanford University Dates October 24–28, 2007 Submission deadline June 1, 2007 UNAFF celebrates films and videos dealing with human rights, environmental survival, protection of refugees, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war, and peace. Documentaries often elicit personal, emotional responses that encourage dialogue and action by humanizing global and local problems. UNAFF hosts international academics and filmmakers to discuss topics in the films with the audience—groups and individuals who are often separated by geography, ethnicity, and economic constraints.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Website silentfilm.org Location San Francisco Dates July 13–15, 2007 Submission deadline N/A

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and exhibiting silent film as an art form and as a cultural artifact of unique historical value.

Superfest Int’l Disability Film Festival

Women of Color Film Festival

San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival

Presenter Culture!Disability!Talent! Website culturedisabilitytalent.org Location Berkeley or El Cerrito Dates June 2–3, 2007 (tentative) Submission deadline January 15, 2008 CDT transforms disability stereotypes by providing access and opportunities for performers and mediamakers with disabilities. Comprised of disability cultural artists, activists, and allies, the collaborative nonprofit promotes artistic excellence and diversity through disability cultural events.

Presenter Women of Color Film Project Website wocff.berkeley.edu Locations SF Cinematheque, San Francisco; PFA, Berkeley Dates March 1, 3, 8, 10, & 17, 2007 Submission deadline Fall 2007 t.b.a. (for 2008 festival) WOCFF provides a progressive showcase of films created by an underrepresented sector of the film industry. Along with curated shorts programs, this year’s festival will host groundbreaking filmmaker Lourdes Portillo and feature her films.

Presenter Peaches Christ’s Midnight Mass Website peacheschrist.com/underground.html Location San Francisco Date August 18, 2007 Submission deadline June 1, 2007 Peaches Christ’s Midnight Mass presents the SF Underground Short Film Festival, a program of shorts celebrating often overlooked Bay Area film and video. The festival showcases midnight movies, b-films, cult cinema, drive-in trash, and the ultra outrageous in 15 minutes or less.

Tiburon Int’l Film Festival

Presenter Tiburon Film Society Website TiburonFilmFestival.com Location Tiburon Dates March 22–30, 2007 Submission deadline December 1, 2007 (for 2008 fest) TIFF wishes to enhance tolerance between people of all backgrounds. Its goal is to create cultural enrichment, heightened cultural awareness, and to provide a platform for independent filmmakers from any nation to express their talent and vision. TIFF strongly believes in its motto: Understanding the World through Film.

Zeitgeist Int’l Film Festival

Website overcookedcinema.com Location Zeitgeist Bar, San Francisco Dates June 11; July 9; August 13, 2007 Submission deadline March 31; April 30, 2007 Created by a few filmmakers and artists who ask “Why have an after show party, when the whole show is a party?” this festival offers a relaxed and fun opportunity to project your work through the organizers’ mysterious Beer-OScope system—guaranteed to turn your film or video into a masterpiece.

San Francisco Women’s Film Festival
Website sfwff.com Location t.b.a. Date t.b.a. Submission deadline currently accepting

Founded in 2004 by then SFSU student Scarlett Shepard in response to the lack of female filmmakers in the school’s curriculum, SFWFF seeks to amend the situation by programming new films by both promising and established women directors and older works that have made significant contributions to the history of film.

Tranny Fest

Website trannyfest.com Location San Francisco Date November 1, 2007 Submission deadline September 1, 2007 Tranny Fest, the transgender/transgenre film festival is dedicated to screening independent films and videos on the sweet complexity and dynamic diversity of lives lived on the gender continuum.

Salmons “When Stevendebut of theand Melissa Chittick announced the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in 1996, the Chronicle reported the news under the headline, ‘From the Who Needs Another Film Festival Dept.’ The answer, apparently and definitively, is San Franciscans and their neighbors. No place outside of New York comes close to matching our bounty. Furthermore, remarkably, the overwhelming majority of film festivals ever launched in the Bay Area are not only still going but thriving.
—Michael Fox, “The Quintessential Festival Town,” Release Print magazine, March/April, 2007.

Slomo Horror Festival

Website slomohorror.com Locations San Francisco; Int’l tour Dates October 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline May 15, 2007 Slomo is 100 one-minute slow motion videos by 100 filmmakers and video artists from around the world. This unique compilation of cinematic slowness transubstantiates time into taffy, pulling the audience through a molasses-tinged warp of catastrophic visual and audio beauty.

Notable Bay Area Film Series and Showcases
Alternative Visions Film 50: History of Cinema MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS

Presenter Pacific Film Archive Website bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs Location PFA, Berkeley Dates Tuesday nights, March 6 & 13, 2007 (ongoing, check bi-monthly calendar) PFA frequently dedicates Tuesday nights to avant-garde filmmakers.

Presenters Pacific Film Archive; UC Berkeley Film Studies Program Website bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs Location PFA, Berkeley Dates Wednesdays, January 17–May 2, 2007 Open to the public as space permits, Film 50 is an undergraduate survey course designed for non-film majors.

Presenter Castro Theatre/Jesse Hawthorne Ficks Website midnitesformaniacs.com Location Castro Theatre, San Francisco Dates Monthly triple feature. Check Castro’s calendar. Emphasizing dismissed, forgotten, and overlooked films of the 1970s and ’80s. These are the films that you’ve been trying to get your friends to watch, but they just laugh everytime you bring them up.

Bay Area Roots

Presenter San Francisco Cinematheque Website sfcinematheque.org Location YBCA, San Francisco Dates March 25, 2007 (ongoing in 2007, check website for updates) Cinematheque offers a variety of programs including its current series featuring “local filmmakers, contemporary and historic, canonized and forgotten.”

Film in the Fog

Presenters San Francisco Film Society; Presido Trust Website sffs.org Location Presidio, San Francisco Date Fall 2007 t.b.a. Film in the Fog is a free, family-friendly picnic, concert, and film screening.

Midnight Mass

Presenter Peaches Christ Website peacheschrist.com/mmass Location Bridge Theatre, San Francisco Dates t.b.a. Peaches says, “This is old fashioned midnight movie magic at its finest. Audiences are strongly encouraged to come in costume, yell at the screen, sing along and dance. Each feature is its very own event in the form of contests, costumes, performances, décor, surprise guests, even a live rock show!”

Film Night in the Park

Bernal Outdoor Cinema

Presenter San Francisco Parks Trust Website bhoutdoorcine.org Locations Bernal Heights, San Francisco Dates late Summer 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline June 1, 2007 The outdoor neighborhood events are dedicated to exhibiting the works of Bay Area resident filmmakers.

Presenter SF Neighborhood Theater Website sfntf.org Locations San Francisco: Dolores Park; Washington Square Park; Union Square Dates Saturday nights, Summer/Fall 2007 t.b.a. SFNTF offers free outdoor showings of well-loved films.

Movie Matinees for all Ages

Green Movie Night

Cine del Barrio

Presenter Roxie New College Film Center; New College’s Media Studies Website roxie.com Location Roxie New College Film Center, San Francisco Dates March 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2007 In recognition of the Mission District’s prominent Latino communities, Adrian C. Zanini curates a showcase of independent Latin American cinema.

Presenters Roxie New College Film Center; Urban Alliance for Sustainability Website roxie.com Location Roxie New College Film Center, San Francisco Dates Every 3rd Thursday of the month Each month the series addresses a different aspect of sustainability through films, discussions, and expert guests.

Presenter Pacific Film Archive Website bampfa.berkeley.edu Location PFA, Berkeley Dates Saturday afternoons, January 20–March 31, 2007 (ongoing, check bi-monthly calendar) Films that youngsters can appreciate and you won’t be embarrassed to attend.

Other Cinema

Independent Exposure

Website othercinema.com Location ATA, San Francisco Dates Saturday nights Other Cinema’s adventurous series provides a venue for experimental film and video.

Cinematastic

Presenter Artists’ Television Access Website atasite.org/cinematastic Location ATA, San Francisco Dates Quarterly Submission deadlines Contact mike@atasite.org Artists’ Television Access’s quarterly film series focuses on narrative shorts.

Presenter Microcinema Website independentexposure.com Location 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco; Int’l tour Dates 2007 t.b.a. Submission deadline 2008 t.b.a. San Francisco-based Microcinema exhibits multiple programs of moving image art at non-traditional venues.

True Stories

Landmark After Dark

Presenter Film Arts Foundation Website filmarts.org, truestories07.blogspot.com Location YBCA Dates March 21; April 18; May 16, 2007 (third Wednesday of every month, March–September) Hailed as “the place to see cool new indie documentaries first,” Film Arts Foundation’s acclaimed screening series offers the best in local documentary filmmaking. Now in its 11th year, the series continues to prove that truth is stranger than fiction, and far more fascinating.

Closely Watched Films

Presenter Pacific Film Archive Website bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs Location PFA, Berkeley Dates April 5–7, 2007 Although occasional, PFA’s Closely Watched Films series offers the rare opportunity to analyze notable films with their makers. The upcoming event in April features Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Presenter Landmark Theatres Website landmarkafterdark.com Locations Clay Theatre, San Francisco; Shattuck Theatre, Berkeley Dates Friday & Saturday Nights Landmark Theatre’s naughty divisions, the Late Night Picture Show and the Midnight Special series, show classic, cult, and camp midnight movies.

Legacy Film Series

Doc Film Institute
Website docfilm.sfsu.edu The DOC Film Institute at San Francisco State University is a project of the International Center for the Arts. Directed by Stephen Ujlaki and curated by Tom Luddy, the institute has hosted two film festivals and an abundance of screenings and celebrity guests.

Website legacyfilmseries.com Location San Francisco Public Library Dates June 26, 2007 Submission deadline Email info@legacyfilmseries.com (subject “Filmmaker”) Series Director Sheila Malkind curates independent films that reveal and appreciate the diversity of later life experiences.

Bay Area Film Festival Guide 2007

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