PHOTO: Inside the FilmHouse space | Erin Lubin, Photographer
The San Francisco Film Society's FilmHouse Residency program–which supports narrative and documentary feature films by making office space available free of charge for residencies to independent filmmakers actively engaged in various stages of film production–is located at a beautifully renovated location at 644 Broadway Street on the border of San Francisco's Chinatown and Italian North Beach districts. Made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and San Francisco Film Commission, FilmHouse provides critical support to local and visiting filmmakers by fostering a thriving creative community that encourages collaboration, resource sharing, peer-to-peer feedback and networking opportunities. A major component of the Film Society's Filmmaker360 program, FilmHouse functions as a vibrant workshop and creative hub for filmmakers of all kinds.
FilmHouse currently holds ten filmmakers engaged in 12-month residencies, all working in early project stages of screenwriting and preproduction. These full-time residents are joined more than 30 part-time residents who utilize the innovative flexible-use space. In addition to 12-month residencies, throughout the year there are roughly 10-20 additional visiting filmmakers from other Filmmaker360 programs that utilize flexible-use space.
All residents benefit from a robust guest speaker series, featuring lectures and presentations by leading industry professionals; resident-led workshops and work-in-progress screenings; access to SFFS networking events; and numerous other community-building programs.