Festival Special Interest

Dig into the Festival on a whole new level. Pulled from across Festival sections, these special interest lists can help you navigate the SFIFF59 program with an eye for trends in this year's lineup and an awareness of films that address specific social and cultural issues.

World Cinema Spotlight

This year's Festival Spotlight, Animating the Image, focuses on one of the fundamental elements and processes of moving image production: frame-by-frame animation. Read More

Cinema By the Bay

Each year, SFIFF features exceptional new work by and about the Bay Area, providing a window into the region's film culture and practice at its best. Read More

SFFS-Supported Films

The Film Society is proud to have supported seven features and two shorts screening in this year's Festival through our grant, residency and fiscal sponsorship programs. Read More

Female Filmmakers

The San Francisco Film Society supports female filmmakers making outstanding contributions to contemporary cinema. Browse the full roster of films made by women in this year's Festival lineup. Read More

Middle Eastern Interest

The Middle East is one of the most culturally-rich regions in the world. These remarkable and impeccably-crafted stories demonstrate the immense artistic talent of the area, often while contemplating larger social and political issues. Read More

Spanish Language Films

The Bay Area has a thriving Hispanic community. As we move to our new Mission home, we would like to celebrate the Spanish-language cinema in this year's program. Read More

African American Life & Interest

It is crucial that under-represented communities have a voice in film culture. At SFIFF59, the Film Society would like to highlight new cinema addressing African American history and social issues. Read More

Literature & Adaptations

Many films in this year's program derive from the vast world of literature. We are thrilled to present the works of internationally renowned writers onscreen. Read More

Contemporary French Cinema

This year's Festival program features a wealth of contemporary French stories from established and emerging voices in international cinema. Read More