50th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival

The 50th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival will be held April 26 through May 10, 2007. The festival is the oldest in the western hemisphere and its half century mark is a historic event. The SF Film Society is currently calling for film entries to show in this landmark event and the SF film community is abuzz with anticipation.

In related news, the Kabuki Theatre, which has been the main venue for the film festival in recent years, was unceremoniously sold by AMC to the new Sundance Cinemas in August. This brings speculation that Robert Redford and high profile supporters of the Sundance Film Festival will show up in San Francisco. It would be interesting to find out what Graham Leggat, Executive Director of the SF Film Society, thinks of the Kabuki Theater’s change in ownership. On one hand, Sundance’s loose involvement can be seen as a positive development that will increase the profile of the festival. On the other, it can be seen as Sundance attempting to hijack the San Francisco festival by controlling its main venue, but I doubt it. It’s a good thing.

For tickets, venue information and a complete festival schedule once finalized please visit www.sffs.org. Be sure to mark your calendars, April 26th through May 10th, and see you all there!

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