The San Francisco International Film Festival (SIFF) is one of the most respected and longest running film festivals in the world, taking place April 24th - May 8th. 2014 will mark the 57th year that this celebration of cinema has been held.
Each year, more than 200 films are screened, with both buzzed-about premieres and little-known international gems both enjoying the spotlight during the two-week event. SIFF is truly an international festival. Most years, there are at least 50 different countries represented onscreen.
The famous Castro Theatre hosts many screenings, while Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and Berkley's Pacific Film Archive also host films.
With over 200 movies to choose from, this is certainly a festival for movie-lovers. Since this is the only time that some of these films will be shown in the United States, tickets can sell out quickly. You can purchase passes for individual screenings as soon as the festival line-up is announced. The festival also offers 10-film "cinepacks" that you can use to select 10 of the films that you want to see.
To get the most out of the San Francisco International Film Festival, it is best to purchase a special all-access pass called the Cinevisa. These passes give you admission to all 200 films and also provide you access to priority entrance lines and preferred seating areas. The Cinevisa also provides entry to every officially sanctioned party held during the two week celluloid extravaganza.
The only catch: you have to first apply for membership to the San Francisco Film Society, the organization that hosts the film festival. With such a huge amount of benefits, however, membership is certainly a worthwhile option.
Since SIFF is such a lengthy festival (2 weeks, compared to the usual 4-5 days), there is ample opportunity to host your own special event to coincide with the screenings. Of course, this event is one of the most respected of its kind in the world, so you will want to make sure that your party has the right level of class and sophistication.
We have several Bay Area private event venues that will provide the right kind of setting for a memorable film festival cocktail party or pre-screening luncheon. For something completely UNIQUE, the Caballo Estate is the perfect choice.
It offers 11-acres, plenty of event space, both indoors and outdoors, and amazing views of the Bay and San Francisco itself. Since it can host up to 700 people, this stunning home in Los Altos Hills has an almost limitless amount of possibilities to party planners.
Another option for a film festival event is located just outside of San Francisco on the scenic road to Napa and Sonoma. The Bear Flag Farm boasts beautiful Bay Area grounds that can host luxury tented events.
The late April and early May weather will certainly make an open air event enjoyable and pleasant, either during the daytime or at night. Catering, onsite event staff and professional in-house event planners can make hosting a very easy proposition. Your guests will appreciate not only the party itself, but also the chance to sneak away and stroll through the estate's gardens, vineyards and orchards. An event at the Bear Flag will certainly be as memorable as anything that your guests will see onscreen during the San Francisco International Film Festival.
We have other estates in the Bay Area that are as attractive as the ones we mentioned above. Find the perfect fit for your special film festival soiree on our California event venues page.
Summer is film festival season, so even if you are not attending the San Francisco fest, you will certainly find a similar celebration of cinema near you.
And since we have estates all over the country (and the world), you can still host an event during your local festival.
Will you be in San Francisco this spring? What films are you looking forward to seeing? And what will you be doing in between screenings and parties? Let us know in the comments section below.....