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59th San Francisco Film Festival: 15 days of films

From April 21 to May 5, 175 films from 46 countries at the longest-running film festival in America


The 59th edition of San Francisco International Film Festival ended on the 5th of May, after two weeks of screenings, 175 films from 46 countries, events and sold out screenings.

The aim of SFIFF is to celebrate the innovative work of local and international filmmakers, to reward new and established talents and, above all, to create a community for cinema lovers.
The festival program encouraged the active participation of the audience –masterclasses, Q & A, conferences, concerts — and made interaction possible among about 350 guests filmmakers and professionals of 15 different nationalities.
Audiences, volunteers, organizers, guests and press adhered to the spirit of the festival – rooms were crowded and theaters fully booked, filmmakers were enthusiastic about the huge screens, the large audience and the free bar in the filmmakers’ lounge.

San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in America, offered a careful selection of new and alternative voices and an experimental programming, with dedicated categories and partnerships.
The Shorts program is meticulously curated, including 74 films in 7 sections.
Short narrative and Short documentaries, Animated short films, a space for teenagers directors (Youth), a Family section , New Visions (curated by Chi-hui Yang) and Between Us, selection of sperimental shorts (out of competition, curated by Kathy Geritz and Vanessa O ‘Neill).

(From Between us Sperimental Shorts: Starfish Aorta Colossus, Lynne Sachs, Sean Hanley, USA 2015, 5 min)

The winners of Golden Gate Awards 2016, by category:
Narrative Short Winner: Night Without Distance, Lois Patiño (Portugal/Spain)
•  $2,000 cash prize
Documentary Short Winner: The Send-Off, Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas (USA)
• $2,000 cash prize
Animated Short Winner: Manoman, Simon Cartwright (UK)
•$2,000 cash prize
Special Jury Prize: Glove, Alexa Lim Haas, Bernardo Britto (USA)
New Visions Short Winner: My Aleppo, Melissa Langer (USA)
• $1,500 cash prize

Bay Area Short First Prize Winner: Extremis, Dan Krauss (USA)
• $1,500 cash prize
Bay Area Short Second Prize Winner: In Attla’s Tracks, Catharine Axley (USA)
• $1,000 cash prize.

Family Shorts Winner: Bunny New Girl, Natalie van den Dungen (Australia)
•$500 cash prize
Special Jury Prize: Simon’s Cat: Off to the Vet, Simon Tofield (UK)

Youth Work Winner: Elliot, Dennis Kim (South Korea/USA)
•  $1,000 cash prize
Special Jury Prize: Lucky Numbers, Chester Milton (USA)
• $500 cash prize donated by Vancouver Film School.

“Google presents the Breakthrough in Technology Award for the best use or display of technology and innovation”
Winner: From My Head to Hers, Maria Alvarez (USA), crowdfunded via IndieGogo
• $500 cash prize donated by Google Inc.

Directors, producers and programmers of the Short sections wandered around the theaters of Mission district, the new festival location. Among other guests, there was Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Studio (Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit) and Morph, who landed in San Francisco to collect their prize, the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award.

Morph @ SFFS dinner

In addition, as every year, the San Francisco Film Society supports or makes entirely possible the work of many artists through fellowships, awards and residecies.
For info: http://www.sffs.org/filmmaker360

Carolina Cavalli



WHOLA è un gruppo di ragazze nate negli anni ’90. Abbiamo storie un po’ diverse, ma a tutte noi piacciono le storie, soprattutto quelle raccontate bene. 

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