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.

  • 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.

  • 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 events and opportunities for youth media makers and youth media organizations to exhibit and celebrate their work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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