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Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) bavc.org
Video production and post-production workshops; post-production suites; job listings on Web site.
Film Arts  filmarts.org/  Film Arts has more than 3,400 members working in film, video, and multimedia, and is the largest regional organization of independent producers in the country.  Part of the Ninth Street Media Arts Consortium.
Frameline frameline.org
Producers of the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Also operate Frameline Distribution for lesbian and gay films. Part of the Ninth Street Media Arts Consortium.
Independent Media
Artists Group

IMAGE is an effective and dynamic organization which has successfully linked together over 1,500 Bay Area media artists into a collaborative community.
NAATA
naatanet.org

Programs include national public television broadcasts, international educational and cable distribution and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. 
Part of the Ninth Street Media Arts Consortium. 
NAMAC
namac.org

 An association of organizations and individuals dedicated to building a broad voice of diversity in the media arts. 
LINK listings of media arts centers nationwide. 
Part of the Ninth Street Media Arts Consortium.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS 
yerbabuenaarts.org| map
701 Mission St.(Mission @ Third) phone: 415.978.2700

Find out more about art exhibits and film events at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Cliff House Compilations - San Francisco - marketing short films, compiled from an annual festival, directly to video stores.
Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation Festival tour frequently through various cities. You can also watch some of the cartoons online.
Slomo Video: Festival which features 100 or more slow motion videos played back to back, with different editions focused on different themes.
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Annual Film Festivals in SF Bay Area
Spring

 

Sebastapol Documentary Film Festival
Sebastapol March

The mission is to showcase strong, independent documentary films and to develop a strong Latino film program to showcase work representative of the large Latino population in Sonoma County.

Contra Costa International Jewish Film Festival
Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Livermore March

Using the power of film to reflect the vitality of Jewish culture, as well as a cultural meeting ground to build community.

Asian American Film Festival
San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose March

Noncompetitive festival features Asian and Asian American cinema and cinema from the Asian diaspora. Features, shorts, narrative, documentaries, experimental, animation, music video is dedicated to showing independent Asian-American shorts, feature films and videos. 

Cinequest Film Festival
San Jose - March

Films, filmmakers and technologies that embody the maverick spirit   

Tiburon International Film Festival
Tiburon - March

Since 2001 the hometown of Robert Redford has been hosting a way for "the most well-traveled and educated citizens in the world, ... to satisfy their desire to go beyond themselves."

San Francisco Irish Film Festival
San Francisco, - March
Bringing the best in new Irish film and television to the Bay Area, much of which will not be released theatrically in the USA.

Women of Color Film Festival
San Francisco, - March
Progressive showcase of films created by an underrepresented sector of the film industry.

Hi/Lo Film Festival
San Francisco -April
  
Showcasing short films with high concepts and low budgets. Presented by S.F. comedy troupe Killing My Lobster, the festival features over 40 films with a wide range of wacky themes.

San Francisco Women's Film Festival
San Francisco -April  
Created in response to the lack of women filmmaker's in SFSU's curriculum. New films, and older films that have contributed to cinema history.

Alice's Three Minute Film Festival
San Francisco -April  
Approximately 20 short films are screened, with $10,000 in prizes. Prizes are awarded for Drama/Documentary, Comedy, Animation, Music Video and more.

 

EarthDance: The Short-Attention Span Environmental Film Festival
Oakland - April

The largest festival of environmental film shorts in the country. Features mockumentary, documentary, animated, and dramatic short films (30 seconds to 30 minutes) by a host of domestic and international filmmakers.

San Francisco International Film Festival 
San Francisco & Berkeley - April & May

Narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental, TV categories. Selection usually by invitation for features, by jury competition for documentaries and shorts.

Sonoma Valley Film Festival
Sonoma - April

Presenting independent, short, and student films and documentaries. 

City Shorts Film Festival 
San Francisco - May

City College of San Francisco presents City Shorts, the Cinema Department’s Film Festival run by students for students.

 

Summer

San Francisco Greek Film Festival
San Francisco - June

Offering a gateway to the rich, complex culture of contemporary Greece through its lively and
passionate cinema.

Zeitgeist International Film Festival
San Francisco - June/July/August

Celebrating the short independent film since 1999.

Film Night
Marin County - summer/fall

Nonprofit organization that produces film events outside in Marin county parks. San Rafael  Albert Park Mill Valley  Mill Valley Community Center  San Anselmo  Creek Park  San Geronimo  San Geronimo Cultural Center 

Another Hole in the Head
San Francisco - June
Two weeks of sci fi, horror and fantasy presented by sfindie fest.

Black Film Festival
San Francisco - June

Annual festival celebrating the cinema of African-America and the African cultural diaspora.

San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
San Francisco - June

The world's oldest and largest celebration of LGBT cinema.

Queer Women of Color Film Festival
San Francisco - June
Dedicated to increasing the visibility of women of color, and to authentically reflecting their life stories.

 

San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
San FranciscoJuly
Celebrates the contributions that sex workers make to arts communities, and focuses on their rights, identities, artistry and stories.

Brainwash Movies Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival
OaklandJuly
Shows approximately 25 shorts and the occasional feature. Bring an FM radio so you can tune in to the film!

San Francisco Silent Film Festival
San Francisco - July

Annual celebration of silent movies.

LaborFest 2007
San Francisco & OaklandJuly
LaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival.

Wine Country Film Festival
Glen Ellen - July/August

Showcase of indie and international films in the Napa and Sonoma Valley.

Jewish Film Festival
San Francisco/Berkeley/Menlo Park/Marin - July/August

The first and oldest Jewish film festival in the world, with screenings of more than 40 films by Jewish filmmakers from around the world.

San Francisco International Short Film Festival
San Francisco - August
Strives to screen a range of films so wide viewers will have trouble getting their arms, and heads, around it.

Fall

Arab Film Festival
San Francisco, San Jose,and Berkeley - September and October

Bringing the best of Arab cinema to the Bay Area.

SF Underground Short Film Festival
San Francisco - September
Enjoy midnight movies, b-films, cult cinema, drive-in trash, and the ultra outrageous in fifteen minutes or less.

Bicycle Film Festival  
San Francisco - September

Three days of film shorts, features, artists, and musicians all in celebration of the bicycle in allits various forms and styles.

Lunafest  
San Francisco - September

Fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness
about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities.

Madcat Women's International Film Festival
San Francisco & Berkeley - September/October

MadCat is a highly acclaimed festival that exhibits independent and experimental films and videos directed by women from around the globe.

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
San Francisco -September/October
About the overlooked yet astonishing subcultures of the world.

Mill Valley Film Festival  
San Rafael - October
 
Presenting the best in American Independent and International cinema. The festival is presented by The California Film Institute

ATA Film and Video Festival
San Francisco October
An assembly of films 20 minutes and under that you won't see anywhere else.

Berkeley Film and Video Festival
Berkeley October
Created to provide an avenue for independent film and videomakers creating works that challenge and confront our notion of "Electronic Cinema."

CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival
San Francisco October
Examining the true nature of corporations, the role they play, and their effects on society.

United Nations Association Film Festival
Stanford - October

Films and videos dealing with local and global issues: human rights, environmental survival, women's issues, protection of refugees, homelessness, racism, famine, disease control, universal education, war and peace. Sponsored by the Stanford Film Society.

Resfest Digital Film Festival
San Francisco October
A huge range of digital works shown at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Good Vibrations Amateur Erotic Film Competition
San Francisco October
We ask for sexy, safe, HOT submissions for our Amateur Erotic Film Competition and boy-o-boy do we get some doosies! Join our celebrity judges as they screen the top picks and sign yourself up to win some fabulous prizes!

Italian Film Festival
San RafaelOctober & November

The centerpiece is always top-quality Italian cinema.

San Jose Jewish Film Festival
San JoseOctober & November

Presenting films from around the world representing the diversity of the Jewish experience. At Camera 12 Theatres in downtown San Jose.

International Latino Film Festival
San RafaelNovember

Promotes filmmaking of significant artistic merit that has been created by Latinos - or which depicts the Latino experience - for the benefit of the Bay Area community. 

American Indian Film Festival
San Francisco November

Films and videos from American Indian and Canada First Nation communities.

Tranny Fest
San FranciscoNovember

Yearly event at SF's Victoria Theatre, a mix of transgender and transgenre films and videos.

Poppy Jasper Film Festival
Morgan Hill November

The mission of the Poppy Jasper Festival is to promote emerging voices of independent filmmakers, foster an environment of interaction and exposure in the filmmaking craft and bring the passion of filmmaking to the community.

SF 3rd I  International South Asian Film 
Festival
San Francisco -  Second Weekend of 
November 
Showcasing diverse images of South Asians 
through independent film.
At the Castro and Roxie Theatres. 
Winter

Berlin and Beyond
San Francisco - January

Annual film festival features new independent films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
San Francisco - January

Started in 2004, the SFOFF celebrates the joy, power, and mystery of the sea.

 

Noir City Film Festival
San Francisco - January & February
Mainly screens vintage films, but also considers short noir-based films for presentation.

Independent Film Festival
San Francisco - February

American independent films and short animation. Screening at the Lumiere, Victoria, and Fine Arts Cinema; SF IndieFest helps support and preserve the work of local independent filmmakers.

Armenian Film Festival
San Francisco - February
Increases awareness and appreciation of Armenian culture with films from the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian diaspora.

Touring

International Buddhist Film Festival
Bay Area & Touring
IBFF presents, archives and preserves Buddhist-themed and -inspired cinema of all kinds

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