Special Gala Screenings and Events
The Last Mistress
429 Castro Street (near Market)
City View at Metreon
101 Fourth Street (at Mission)
The 51st San Francisco International Film Festival opens with a world-class cinematic event, special guests and a festive celebration with live entertainment, dancing, free-flowing food and drinks and a complimentary gift bag. The brilliant Catherine Breillat will be in attendance for the screening of her bold, smartly crafted new period drama, The Last Mistress, a sophisticated chamber piece that is erotic, funny, cruel and supremely intelligent. After the film, head to a lavish party at the stylish urban gateway of City View at Metreon. Enjoy culinary delights from local restaurants, sophisticated cocktails and, of course, dancing in this smart new terrace setting with a breathtaking vista of downtown. You must be 21+ to attend the party.
Given in memory of Charles Barile.
The San Francisco International Film Festival’s Midnight Awards have been created to honor a dynamic young American actor and actress entering the prime of their careers who have made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema and who bring striking intelligence, exemplary talent and extraordinary depth of character to their roles. The second annual Midnight Awards go to Rose McGowan and Jason Lee.
The Midnight Awards take the form of a late night awards ceremony and cocktail reception featuring great food and drinks, DJ entertainment, film clips and remarks by our special guests. Festive dress required! You must be 21+ to attend the party.
The Midnight Awards are given in memory of Charles Barile (1954–2004), a lifelong film aficionado. Charles’s love for the medium began as a child, when he would spend his Saturdays at the cinema watching the same film over and over. He studied film at UCLA and became a well-known publicist, in which capacity he was fond of saying that when you have a jewel of a film it speaks for itself. Charles would be the first to applaud our honorees for their talent, their independent spirit and their exceptional achievements.
6:00 pm VIP Cocktail reception with celebrity guests
7:00 pm Dinner and awards program
Westin St. Francis Hotel, Grand Ballroom
Post Street entrance
Individuals $500/$1,000/$1,500; Tables: $5,000/$10,000/$15,000/$25,000
The Film Society honors this year’s directing, acting and screenwriting awards recipients at a glamorous black-tie event featuring onstage appearances and fine dining.
The Peter J. Owens Award is made possible by a grant from the Peter J. Owens Trust at the San Francisco Foundation. Gary Shapiro and Scott Owens, trustees.
For Awards Nights ticket information, call 415-551-5190. For all other ticket information call 925-866-9559 or visit the Box Office page.
No cameras please.
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street (at Fillmore)
9:30 pm–1:00 am
495 Geary Street (at Taylor)
At the center of this year’s Festival is an extraordinary event that features an edgy new film by an emerging director, followed by a chic lounge party at one of San Francisco’s hottest nightspots. Purchase a ticket and be a part of one of the Festival’s most anticipated events. Party like a star in the CLIFT’s chic Rita and Ava Rooms, featuring dramatic white velvet curtains, etched Venetian mirrors and Philippe Starck furniture. Indulge in cool cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres, grooving and lounging. No-host valet parking available. You must be 21+ to attend the party.
The 51st San Francisco International Film Festival ends on a high note with the West Coast premiere of Alex Gibney's documentary portrait Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson at the Castro Theatre, followed by two extraordinary Vanity Fair Reel Relief after-parties to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council. You must be 21+ to attend the party. More...