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    Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Interview with Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz

    This month I speak to Sydney Levine, president of SydneysBuzz -- whose tagline for her company -- “Pulling Back the Curtain on the International Film Industry” -- precisely does just that. Levine focuses on international film industry developments and analysis of the international film market relate...

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    San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Award $425,000 in Filmmaking Grants -- Winners Announced

    The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF), have announced the projects that will receive a total of $425,000 in funding--the largest amount disbursed to date--in the latest round of Filmmaking Grants. Nine filmmaking teams were granted funding to ...

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    SF Film Society Gives $425,000 in Grants to 9 Films

    The San Francisco Film Society has announced $425,000 in grants spread over nine projects, made in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. The grants have gone to Peter Nicks ("The Waiting Room"), Aurora Guerrero ("Mosquita y Mari"), and Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On") amongst others.

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    How to Fund a Documentary: Eight Takeaways from the Film Independent Forum

    Geared to giving up-and-coming indie filmmakers the tools they need to get their films made and seen, this weekend's Film Independent Forum provided many practical, business-minded takeaways. All the conversations at the documentary panels led back to the vital but soul-crushing topic of financing....

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    San Francisco Film Society Announces Hearst Grant and Djerassi Residency Screenwriting Winners

    A couple of announcements on the screenwriting grants front today from the San Francisco Film Society. Alistair Banks Griffin has won the $15,000 SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant to develop his screenplay for “Snow the Jones,” and Lea Nakonechny was awarded the Djerassi Residency Award, which provide...

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    San Francisco Film Society to Celebrate Fall With Gala Screenings of 'Her,' 'Nebraska' and More

    With more than fifty years of bringing cinema to the Bay Area, the San Francisco Film Society announced it's first annual Fall Celebration. The new awards event seeks to honor "Creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration in cinema" with an inaugural including screening of "Fruitvale Statio...

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    Ted Hope Talks Leaving the San Francisco Film Society, What's Next and Whether He'll Be Reteaming With James Schamus

    The surprising news broke this afternoon that Ted Hope would be stepping down as head of the San Francisco Film Society after having taken the position of executive director on September 1st of last year. Indiewire caught up with Hope by phone to find out more about the shift and what's next.

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    Ted Hope Stepping Down as Head of San Francisco Film Society

    Variety has reported that Ted Hope is stepping down as head of the San Francisco Film Society, which runs the San Francisco Film Festival. Hope came onto the job in September of 2012 to take over from Bingham Ray who had passed away. The longtime producer of nearly 70 films (among them "In the Bedro...

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    Film Festivals Take A Giant Step Forward In Organizing

    At the recent New York IFP Meetings in mid September Just after TIFF, I attended a day devoted to an initiative called the IFP Festival Forum.This nascent professional association of film festivals has been convening at IFP’s independent Film Week and the Sundance Film Festival for a couple ...

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    San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announce 14 Finalists for Filmmaking Grants

    The San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation have selected 14 finalists for the latest round of SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants.More than $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature films at any stage of production. List of finalists below.

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