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.                   


  • 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.

  • The Art & Science of Lucasfilm

    THE ART & SCIENCE OF LUCAS FILM: Software engineer Rachel Rose gives a behind-the-scenes look at her work at Lucas film in a special multimedia presentation for middle and high school students.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Youth Media Exhibition

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

  • Film Ed

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

  • Artist In Residence

    ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva connects with the Bay Area education and film communities during a two-week residency in San Francisco.

  • Colleges and 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.

From our blog

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  • 2014 SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Finalists August 14, 2014

    Every great film begins its life on the page, and we are excited to be involved in helping great storytellers work through the screenwriting process. Introducing the six finalists for the sixth...   Read More

  • SFFS Remembers Robin Williams August 14, 2014

    Robin’s genius was great, but his humanity was even greater. He truly embodied the best of our community, and we are a better place because of him.   Read More