The Film Society's Education programs serve more than 11,000 students and teachers every year, from kindergarten through college, to develop media literacy, cultural awareness, global understanding and a lifelong appreciation of cinema. SF Film Society Education aims to cultivate students' imaginations, prepare them for filmmaking careers and empower them to succeed in a media-saturated world. Our educational programs receive generous support from Hearst Foundations.


  • Screenings for Schools

    A year-round series of free film screenings for K-12 classes, presenting timely, insightful and engaging media content and curriculum support for a range of grade levels and subject areas.

  • Schools at the Festival

    Since 1991, this educational outreach program has created a vital connection between the annual San Francisco International Film Festival and the local educational community.

  • Youth Media Exhibition

    A range of events and opportunities for youth media makers and youth media organizations to exhibit and celebrate their work.

  • Artist in Residence

    This two-week residency program for international filmmakers includes a series of events and opportunities for engagement with the general public and the local education and film communities.

  • Filmmakers in the Classroom

    A semester-long program that pairs Bay Area classes with local professional filmmakers to provide students and their teachers with intensive, hands-on instruction in film literacy, critical thinking and filmmaking.

  • Colleges & Universities

    Supporting Bay Area film students as they transition from the academic arena to the professional world, the C&U program is a valuable bridge that connects and engages students with the local film community.

  • The Art & Science of Lucasfilm

    Industry experts from the various Lucasfilm divisions give behind-the-scenes, interactive multimedia presentations to Bay Area students that demonstrate the intersection of art and science.

  • Young Filmmakers Camp

    This intensive summer program is an opportunity for teens to learn from first-class film professionals in a fun, interactive, collaborative environment for both beginnning and advanced aspiring filmmakers.

  • FilmEd.

    An interactive platform and Open Educational Resource for teaching media making and viewing in the classroom, FilmEd. is a new online community and toolkit for both educators and artists.

From our blog

  • In Focus: Elena Greenlee and her Dark Forest August 18, 2016

    An active member of the SF Film Society community, Elena Greenlee has been working to develop a screenplay for her film Dark Forest, which follows a hipster millennial—equally versed in neuroscience...   Read More

  • 2016 Doc Film Fund Finalists August 17, 2016

    We're pleased to reveal the ten finalists for this year's SF Film Society Documentary Film Fund awards—which total total $75,000 and support feature-length documentaries in postproduction. 200...   Read More

  • Member of the Month: Julie Soo August 2, 2016

    A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Julie Soo always clears her schedule for our fall festivals. Apart from brushing up on her Cantonese and Mandarin through our Hong Kong and Taiwan film series,...   Read More

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