San Francisco Spring Film Festivals
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.
Food & Farm Film Fest
April 17 – 18
This film fest features pairings from local chefs, and proceeds go to Three Squares, a nonprofit offering nutrition and cooking classes in low-income communities. The films are also food themed, and cover topics like ‘Are sugar executives the new drug dealers?’ and ‘What is radical mycology?’ Tickets also include entry to the opening night celebration at Four Barrel Coffee.
For more details visit the Food & Farm Film website.
San Francisco International Film Festival
April 23 – May 7
One of the biggest film festivals of the year, the San Francisco International Film Festival hosts hundreds of famous guests for a week of screenings from around the world. It’s the longest-running film festival in the Americas, and is world renowned for its contribution to cinema. This year’s lineup isn’t announced yet, but last year’s festival featured 263 screenings from 51 countries.
Learn more here.
PlayGround Film Festival
PlayGround funds local teams of filmmakers and playwrights as they create film adaptations of short plays. In a “best of” series this May, a collection of these short films will be shown at the Roxie Theater over multiple weekends.
For film descriptions and dates, visit their website here.
San Francisco Silent Film Festival
May 28 – June 1
For those who love silent films and being transported to eras past, this film festival is for you. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival shows silent films with live music accompaniment. The mission of the festival is to promote silent film as art and historical record. This year’s festival will be held in the Castro Theater.
Learn more about the films here.
San Francisco Green Film Festival
May 28 – June 3
This festival mixes San Francisco’s love for protecting the Earth with its vibrant film scene. Local filmmakers and guest speakers from around the world meet to discuss environmental topics and show films related to food, housing, water, clean energy, and other environmental issues.
Learn more about the mission and how you can be involved here.