School Groups

SFFILM Education reaches more than 10,000 students and teachers annually. Our innovative learning programs strive to help students from kindergarten through college develop media literacy skills, cross-cultural awareness, and a lifelong appreciation of movies.


Since 1991, SFFILM's Schools at the Festival outreach program has created a vital connection between the annual San Francisco International Film Festival and the local educational community, providing students of all ages the opportunity to experience stories from around the world.

Throughout the Festival, classes from across the Bay Area will attend weekday matinees of curated Festival film programs at no cost to the students or educators. Dozens of filmmaker guests from around the world will also visit local classrooms discuss their films with students.

Thanks to our generous sponsors Google and The Nellie Wong Magic of Movies Education Fund all tickets are free for Schools at the Festival programs.

To find out how teachers can sign up to bring their students, please contact Associate Director of Education, Keith Zwolfer,

See this year's program.

Presenting Sponsor

Presenting Venue Partner

Alamo Drafthouse


SFFILM Education is pleased to present the ninth annual Schools at the Festival Student Essay Contest at the 60th San Francisco International Festival. This contest is made possible by the generous support of the Nellie Wong Magic of Movies Education Fund, endowed by Tim Kochis and SFFS board member Penelope Wong to honor the memory of her mother, Nellie Wong (1917-2007), who was an avid filmgoer and cinephile. Developed to support the year-round outreach efforts of the SFFS Education department, the Fund aims to cultivate students' imaginations, enhance their critical thinking and creative writing skills and instill a greater appreciation for the magic of movies in young audiences of the Bay Area.  

See this year's program.


This three-day film series is offered exclusively to Bay Area college and university students during the second weekend of the Festival. The program consists of films curated specifically for a college film student audience who are new to the Festival, and includes post-screening Q&As with visiting filmmakers and a guest lecturer. San Francisco State University currently offers a one-credit course dedicated to this program in partnership with the SFFILM.

SFFILM Education receives support from Google, the Hearst Foundation, the Nellie Wong Magic of Movies Education Fund, and Sharon Ow-Wing