I’ve been to a couple of films at the San Francisco International Film Festival this week. This is their 50th year. I suppose it was a novel concept back in 1957, but film festivals are pretty common these days.
There will be over 600 film festivals in the United States this year. In fact, according to the Mercury News, there are (at least) 23 major film festivals scheduled in the Bay Area alone this year. To paraphrase Marc Twain, you can’t throw a rock in this town without hitting a projector.
I hope this means it’s easier for film makers to get their work screened. Some festival organizers are even complaining about competition between festivals. The big Tribeca Film Festival in New York is scheduled for the same time as SFIFF, and is pulling in a lot of good films.
Selected Bay Area film festivals this year:
- San Francisco International Film Festival
- May Day Labor Film Festival (Santa Cruz)
- Frameline – the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
- Black LGBT Film Festival
- San Francisco Black Film Festival
- Asian American Film Festival
- Latino Film Festival
- San Jose Jewish Film Festival
- Arab Film Festival
- United Nations Association Film Festival
- Berlin and Beyond Film Festival
- Cinequest (San Jose)
- MadCat Women’s Festival
- Hi/Lo Film Festiva
- Irish Film Fest
- Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
- Noir City
- Green Screen Environmental Film Festival
- Global Lens Film Festival
- Mill Valley Film Festival