48th San Francisco International Film Festival San Francisco, California, USAApril 21- May 5, 2005Deadline: December 2004
The San Francisco International Film Festival, committed to celebrating the art of the moving image, has presented the best in world cinema since 1957. Now, the 15-day festival presents 200 films from 50 countries and reaches an audience of nearly 95,000 with screenings in San Francisco, Berkeley and Palo Alto. The festival highlights current trends in international film and video production with an emphasis on work that has not yet secured U.S. distribution. First features by emerging filmmakers are eligible for the SKYY Prize, which includes a $10,000 cash award and was established in 1997 by the Festival and premier sponsor SKYY Vodka to recognize a director whose film exhibits a unique artistic sensibility. The Golden Gate Awards is the competitive section for documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental, youth-produced, and television works. Juries award cash prizes ranging up to $5,000 in 10 of the 14 categories. The winning short film automatically qualifies for an entry into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Short Film Category. For more information, visit www.sfiff.org/festival.