San Francisco Film Society, a nonprofit arts organization, hosts several events to engage its audience in film culture. The most famous event is probably the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas (founded in 1957 by Irving “Bud” Levin). Held in spring over a period of two weeks, the festival presents around 150 films from 50 countries. For more information, check the official website.

Aside from the International Film Festival, the SF Film Society has film showings or other events almost every day. Examples include film premieres – often followed by Q&As with the director – art installations, and other special presentations. For a full calendar of events, check here.

Many events require tickets, which you can purchase here. Members of the San Francisco Film Society get discounted tickets; there is more information about membership at the website


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