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  • Aks International Minorities Festival, Film – Art – Dialogue
  • Ambulante Film Festival
  • And What? Queer. Arts. Festival
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • ARTANGO International Queer Festival
  • Athena Film Festival
  • Bendigo Queer Film Festival
  • BFI Flare
  • Borderlines Film Festival
  • Brisbane Queer Film Festival
  • Cartagena International Film Festival
  • Cinekink NYC
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  • Dublin International Film Festival
  • Festival Écrans Mixtes
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Madeira Film Festival
  • Manchester Film Festival
  • Massimadi Bruxelles
  • Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival
  • Muskoka Queer Film Festival
  • New York No Limits
  • OutlantaCon
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • POW Film Fest
  • Pride Films and Plays Film Festival
  • PRIDE Queer Film Festival
  • Queergestreift Filmfestival
  • Roze Film Dagen / Pink Film Days
  • Salem Film Fest
  • Salento Rainbow Film Fest
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival
  • Sofia International Film Festival
  • Sonoma International Film Festival
  • South by Southwest: SXSW
  • Tampere Short Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  • Toronto Queer Film Festival
  • Watsonville Film Festival
  • Women's International Film & Arts Festival
  • ZagrebDox
  • Zinegoak Bilbao International GLT Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

Friday, 09 April 2021 until Sunday, 18 April 2021

Oscar-Qualifier:

Golden Gate Award Narrative Short
Golden Gate Award Animated Short


SFFILM champions the world's finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring and highly anticipated by its loyal and passionate audiences, the Festival is refreshingly intimate for a festival of its size and scope, and traditionally combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, new digital media work, live music performances, and star-studded red carpet events.

SFFILM is currently moving forward with planning its Festival for April 2021 as a hybrid in-person and online event, in accordance with all active health and safety recommendations from local, state, and federal officials. Exact dates, venue footprint, and in-person event structure are all subject to some change based on the realities of producing a safe and accessible film festival at that time.

Golden Gate Awards Competition

The Golden Gate Awards recognize the best of international and independent cinema by honoring excellence and superior innovation in narrative, documentary, shorts, experimental, animated, and youth produced work. In 2021, a total of $42,000 in cash awards will be awarded in a dozen categories.

The juried Golden Gate Awards include the New Directors Prize for a first narrative feature with a $10,000 cash prize, Best Documentary Feature with a $10,000 cash prize, and Best Bay Area Documentary Feature with a $5,000 cash prize. This year we are excited to announce the creation of a new Golden Gate Award for a Best Mid-Length Film (31–50 minutes) with a cash prize of $3,000.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes SFFILM Festival as a qualifying festival for their short film (live action, documentary and animated) competitions.

SFFILM Festival is a qualifying festival for the 12th annual Cinema Eye Honors for non-fiction filmmaking.

Audience Awards for Best Narrative and Documentary Features will also be presented, decided by audience ballot.