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Cinema by the Bay Festival 2009

The San Francisco Film Society has announced that the inaugural Cinema by the Bay festival, a celebration of the passion, innovation and diversity of Bay Area filmmaking, the intelligence and probing spirit of local directors and the incredible depth and breadth of America's film and media frontier, will run October 23-25. The three-day festival will feature new work produced in or about the San Francisco Bay Area and provide a compelling window into Bay Area film culture and practice at its best. The call for entries for narrative features, documentary features and short films is open now through July 15.

From 1984 to 2005, Film Arts Foundation programmed the Bay Area's most dynamic showcase of local independent filmmaking with its Festival of Independent Cinema. Last August, the Film Society underwent an organizational transformation and through an agreement with Film Arts Foundation became stewards of its programs that serve filmmakers directly. Building on the momentum of its now thriving Filmmaker Services programs, the Film Society continues the tradition of showcasing the entertaining, dramatic and courageous work from one of the most dynamic independent film communities in the country with a dedicated film festival.

This is by no means new territory for the San Francisco Film Society, which has long celebrated films produced in the creative heart of the West, given Golden Gate Awards to Bay Area documentaries and shorts and three years ago inaugurated a dedicated Cinema by the Bay section in the San Francisco International Film Festival. The most recent edition of the International featured 22 local narrative and documentary feature and short films, capping a total of 113 local films showcased over the past five years. With the advent of Cinema by the Bay, the Film Society will provide Bay Area audiences the opportunity to focus their attention solely on the engaged and eclectic nature of the region's film cultures.

HOW TO ENTER Works in all genres (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) and lengths will be accepted June 22 - July 15, 2009. CBTB requires a San Francisco Bay Area premiere for feature length films only. There is no entry fee to submit works. Films can be entered online at

Films submitted to SFIFF52 are already under consideration and need not be resubmitted. However, filmmakers with new cuts of a previously submitted film can send a screening copy on DVD to the San Francisco Film Society, 39 Mesa Street, Suite 110, San Francisco, CA 94129, Attn: Audrey Chang. Note on the DVD that it is a new cut.

Friday, October 23, 2009 - 11:00am to Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 7:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 12:00pm
San Francisco