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4 Film Festivals You Didn't Know Were Happening This September In SF

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Updated: 6 September 2016
This September, sit back and enjoy a taste of San Francisco’s local and international cultures by attending one of the city’s many unique film festivals. This month’s festivals include the Film Festival on Aging, the Latino Film Festival, the Irish Film Festival and the Iranian Film Festival.

Film Festival on Aging

This year marks the 6th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging. A three-day event with a unique focus, the festival has a mission ‘to educate, entertain, and inspire intergenerational audiences about the issues surrounding aging.’ Films featured are independent and cover a variety of subjects, from the evolution of beauty and fashion as one grows older to the range of emotions experienced surrounding the aging process. This year’s festival will feature 15 films from the US, Japan, Holland, France, Spain, Belgium and New Zealand, including several featuring Bay Area filmmakers and subjects. Screenings will be followed by lively, interactive discussions on themes like ‘The Art of Living,’ ‘Who Cares,’ ‘Deep Learning,’ and ‘Gotta Dance!’ For a taste of what to expect, watch the trailer below for the festival’s opening night feature, A NEW COLOR: The Art of Being Edythe Boone.

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📅 Fri Sept 16th – Sun Sept 18th

📍New People Cinema, 1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Latino Film Festival

The 8th Annual San Francisco Latino Film Festival will take place throughout the second half of this September. The festival will feature the work of both emerging and well-known filmmakers from the US, Latin America, Spain and Portugal, including documentaries, fiction films and short films focusing on Latino culture and communities. According to former festival director Lucho Ramirez, ‘The festival’s purpose is to build community through film, while educating, entertaining and recognizing the work of Latin American, Spanish and US Latino filmmakers, which otherwise may not be seen in San Francisco.’ This festival is hosted by Cine+Más SF, which also puts on programming and events throughout the year to promote Latino visual, performance and literary arts. Screening locations will include Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts, Artists’ Television Access, Roxie Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and La Peña Cultural Center. View the full schedule here, and enjoy a taste of what to expect by watching the trailer for Alma, the festival’s opening night feature, below.

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📅 Fri Sept 16th – Wed Sept 28th

📍Various locations

Irish Film Festival

This year, San Francisco will host its 13th annual Irish Film Festival. Founded in 2003, the festival aims to showcase the best of contemporary Irish cinema, sharing the unique Irish culture and community with the city. The festival will screen documentaries, features, and even original Irish-language films (with English subtitles, of course). Films screened will include Sing Street, Atlantic, An Klondike, a free children’s screening of Mickeybo and Me, and a series of short films. For a taste of what to expect, watch the 2016 San Francisco Irish Film Festival trailer below. To keep up with similar events throughout the rest of the year, sign up for the SFIFF newsletter.

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📅 Thurs Sept 22th – Sat Sept 24th

📍Delancey Street Theater, 600 Embarcadero Street, San Francisco, CA

Iranian Film Festival

This month marks the 9th anniversary of the annual Iranian Film Festival, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. With no affiliation to any political or religious organizations, this two-day festival screens both independent features and full length films made by or about Iranians from all over the world. Established to support the Iranian-American community, the IFF prides itself on being ‘a platform for the Iranian filmmakers living around the globe to express their vision and talent through the artistic medium of film.’ Browse through the full schedule of screenings here, many of which will have the filmmakers present.

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📅 Sat Sept 24th – Sun Sept 25th

📍San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA

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