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San Francisco Int. Film Festival Is The Oldest Festival In The Americas

* Thursday, April 19 Thursday, May 3, 2001. San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

The 44th San Francisco International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the Americas. Narrative features are eligible for participation only if the film has never been screened in the San Francisco Bay Area. A feature is over 60 minutes long and must have finished production within the past two years. First features by emerging filmmakers that do not have a U.S. distributor at the time of the festival are eligible for the festival's US$10,000 SKYY Prize for Outstanding Filmmaking. The SKYY Prize winner will be announced at the Festival's Awards Brunch on May 3, 2001. Last years festival competition drew nearly 1600 entries from 58 countries. The competition is comprised of 29 categories in four divisions: Film & Video, for independently produced documentaries, short narratives, shorts for children and animation; Television, for current commercial, non-commercial and cable television production; New Visions, for experimental works that challenge the language of film and video and where personal expression and aesthetic exploration are the primary concerns; and Bay Area Film & Video, for works that reflect the rich selection of documentaries and shorts that have established Northern California as a major center for independent production. For more information contact Hilary Hart, director of publicity, San Francisco Film Society at: 39 Mesa Street, Suite 110, The Presidio, San Francisco, California 94129, U.S.A.; Tel.: (415) 561-5022; Fax: (415) 561-5099; E-mail:; or Web:

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