Other San Francisco winners included TIFF favorite "Snow and the Bear" and Estonian documentary "Smoke Sauna Sisterhood" from Sundance.
Cowan shared his enthusiasm for world cinema as festival programmer, film journalist, visual arts curator, SFFILM executive director, and non-profit consultant.
Coogler, Robbie, and Polley will accept honors in San Francisco this December along their awards season journeys.
San Francisco's premier film celebration returns to in-person festivities this year, with more than 130 films from 56 countries.
Now in its 10th year, SFFILM awarded $60,000 to four rising filmmaking teams to support feature length documentaries.
The San Francisco festival's lineup boasts a number of films from strong filmmakers, including Nanfu Wang, Haifaa Al Mansour, and Dash Shaw.
In this strange awards year, virtual film festivals and awards shows are one way to build awards buzz.
Lai will succeed Noah Cowan in leading the Bay Area-based film nonprofit.
At the SFFILM awards on December 3, Oscar contender Wang spoke to IndieWire about her mysterious followup "Children of the New World."
At a recent SFFILM event, Riley told IndieWire about how the DC movie supports the same myth as "The Dark Knight Rises": "Rebellion is crazy."
Cowan inherited an organization with a rocky history in 2012.
The Oscar winner was joined by an astronaut and a NASA scientist as the film received SFFILM's Sloan Science in Cinema Prize.
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