Bay Area film festivals | San Francisco Travel Blog
To the delight of cinephiles and lovers of the weird, the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is returning to our chilly Bay Area for the 13th straight year of enigmatic, exciting, and enticing programing. Listed by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” (as well as making the cut for the same magazine’s list of “Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Fee”), the Frozen Film Festival is founded on the principles that cinema is a valuable form of art, that it can help bring communities together, and that it is essential for as many diverse people as possible to make movies and have these movies seen by the public.
It is a well known fact that artistic trends most often begin along the fringes of artist activity. Remember when punk music was only for dirty people with shaved heads? And now, if you aren’t well versed in Blondie’s catalogue, you are something of a square. It is a fact universally acknowledged that a hip trend of today most often finds its antecedents in the underground trend of yesteryear. That being said, the avant-garde can still be an off-putting experience. What better way to overcome one’s aversion to the current cutting edge than by diving into an entire film festival devoted to it?
Springtime is when cities across America begin to roll out their red carpets, dim the lights, and begin the celebration of film in the form of festivals that can stretch from an evening to an entire week. Usually, these festivals present movies that have not yet received distribution (which means that you can’t rent them on Amazon, can’t see them at the local AMC, and can’t buy them), movies that might become the year’s Next Big Hit, movies that you might literally never have the chance to see again.
If you are in San Francisco this weekend, or anytime from the 14th to the 20th of April, then you are in town for one of the most anticipated and important film festivals of the season: The San Francisco Green Film Festival.
San Francisco hosts tons of film festivals throughout the year. In any given month you can check out a range of festivals featuring everything from international films to local or niche viewings. Summer is the busiest time for film festivals, but the festival season kicks into gear as early as April. Here are the best San Francisco film festivals coming up in April and May.
San Francisco has been one of the primary hotspots for film in the 20th and 21st century. Whether it is an innovative, small budget production from a new auteur or the next explosive blockbuster from Hollywood, San Francisco will be screening it, perhaps premiering it, and there’s also a good chance that some of the cast and crew live nearby. Visitors who love movies, whether it is with a passion or just a way to escape for a few hours, will find the Bay Area a welcoming and enriching place.