2017 San Francisco International Film Festival

The landmark 60th anniversary of the San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 5-19! We will release the full lineup on March 15, with select programs announced in advance.

The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival is recognized throughout the world as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The Festival combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, new media work, musical performances, and star-studded events.

Early Announcements


Parallel Spaces: Bonnie Prince Billy and Bitchin Bajas with Jerome Hiler

April 10, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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The San Francisco International Film Festival and the Headlands Center for the Arts present a special program of improvised music by Will Oldham, aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Headlands Artist in Residence, 2008), to be performed live alongside the projection of experimental films created by Bay Area artist Jerome Hiler. Joining Oldham are the Chicago-based Bitchin Bajas and Bay Area–based Cornelius Boots. Three of Hiler’s 16mm films, chosen by Hiler and Oldham, will be screened: Words of Mercury (2011), Marginalia (2015), and Bagatelle II (2016). Read More

Centerpiece: Patti Cake$

April 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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The unqualified breakout hit of this year's Sundance Festival, Geremy Jasper's debut feature erupts with head-nodding beats from the opening scene and features the dynamic and stirring performance of Danielle Macdonald as the title character, a young woman who uses her lyrics to escape, daring to dream of something better outside of her New Jersey working class life. She gathers an emotionally damaged multi-racial motley crew around her to create funny and invigorating musical sequences. Read More

18 Black Girls/Boys Ages 1–18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and Are Thus Spiritual Machines

April 16, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Victoria Theatre

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April 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Victoria Theatre

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Over two consecutive nights, artist and filmmaker Terence Nance (Headlands Artist in Residence, 2014) presents an interactive virtual self-portrait of our society that reflects our biases and norms back to us. Accompanied by his brother, multidisciplinary artist Norvis Junior, and by local musicians and dancers, Nance investigates the predispositions of our culture and media by taking audiences through a tour of the ways that various narratives of black youth—first girls, then boys, aged one through 18—are presented via simple internet search functions. Read More

Closing Night: The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia with Kronos Quartet

April 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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Join award-winning filmmaker and cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin and the world-renowned Kronos Quartet for an unforgettable collaboration at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival. To close out the 2017 program, Kronos Quartet will perform a new score by composer Jacob Garchik to accompany a visual collage by Maddin—a scene-by-scene reimagining of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, comprised entirely of Bay Area-based film footage from a variety of other sources. Read More

Members Night

March 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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Film Society members and their guests are invited to join us for an insider preview of the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 5-19)! Read More

On Sale Now: Early-bird Ticket Packages

February 8, 2017 to March 14, 2017

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A limited run of early-bird ticket packages are now on sale! Now through March 14, purchase all-access San Francisco International Film Festival (April 5-19) passes and screening vouchers at a discount. Experience more great stories for less. Read More