"The Enormous SFIFF" Local Events Tip by HasTowelWillTravel

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If you happen to be in San Francisco during April-early May, it would definitely be worth your while to check out the San Francisco International Film Festival. Held in Japantown and all across the city (with some showing in Berkeley and Palo Alto as well), this festival is one of the oldest of its kind in America. They screen upwards of 200 movies in a 4-week period... movies are showing morning, day and night. And they're fantastic. Some are more famous pictures that go on for wider release (Spirited Away, 5x2, Asoka, Black Sheep, Eagle vs. Shark have all had their debut there), some are small indie foreign films that you most likely will never hear from again. There are sometimes directors or writers brought in to have a lovely Q&A session after the screening.

Due to the congested nature of the festival, most films are only screened a couple times, and tickets are tight. There is a standby line for all shows, in case you couldn't get tickets ahead of time (though that is highly recommended). Luckily, tickets are no more expensive than a regular movie (~$10), and it is a great experience; you will love the films you see. I've been for over 5 years now, seeing an average of 4 films a year, and I can say that none of them have ever disappointed me. They're gems.

Phone: 415-561-5000
Website: http://www.sfiff.org/

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  • Written Mar 13, 2008
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