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Education

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. SFFS Education aims to cultivate students' imaginations, prepare them for filmmaking careers and empower them to succeed in a media-saturated world.                   

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  • 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

  • Theme-Spotting: Music in Film at SFIFF April 27, 2016

    At this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, we are thrilled to screen a wealth of stellar new movies that explore the crucial role of music in film and in our lives. We've rounded up...   Read More

  • A Q&A with Cinema by the Bay Filmmakers April 19, 2016

    Our Cinema By the Bay spotlight highlights exceptional new work that was either made by local filmmakers or features the Bay Area. This year the Festival will screen 13 shorts and eight...   Read More

  • Mira Nair: Between Two Worlds April 12, 2016

    2016 Irving M. Levin Directing Award recipient Mira Nair has produced an astonishing array of stories for the screen. Her films draw from all corner's of cinema's rich history. We're honoring Mira...   Read More

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