The Founder’s Directing Award is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, the visionary founder of the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1957. Made possible by Film Society board member Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston.
The Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in film acting is made possible by a grant from the Peter J. Owens Trust at the San Francisco Foundation. Gary Shapiro and Scott Owens, trustees.
The Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting is made possible through the generosity of Film Society board member Maurice Kanbar. The Kanbar Award acknowledges the crucial role that screenwriting plays in the creation of great films.
FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, has been in existence for more than 65 years during which time it has given the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at film festivals around the world. The basic purpose of the prize is to support cinema as an art and as an outstanding and autonomous means of expression. This year we are honored once again to host a jury at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
The Golden Gate Awards recognize the best of international and Bay Area talent by honoring superior innovation in documentary features, animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, youth-produced and family short films. An independent jury of film professionals from various fields screens the international selections during the festival. The winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on May 8.
The New Directors Prize is awarded to the director of a debut narrative feature that is an Official Selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival. It is accompanied by a $15,000 cash award. Films selected to compete for the New Directors Prize are first narrative features that exhibit a unique artistic sensibility or vision. An independent jury of film professionals from various fields screens the international selections during the Festival. The New Directors Prize will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on May 8