Five day event premieres local Bay Area filmmakers alongside international award winners showcased in compelling collections of animation, dramatic, short films, experimental, surf/skate, environmental, and documentary.
For the twelfth consecutive year, the nonprofit San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is bringing the Best of 2018 films to the Bay Area! The five day festival is sure to make waves as many accomplished filmmakers enchant viewers with their creative masterpieces.
Aptly titled the “Frozen” film festival, The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival blends San Francisco’s mild summers with the screening of cutting edge films in the heart of the Mission District at the nonprofit Roxie and Piano Fight Theater. Founded by Isaac Schild and Gabriel Bellman in 2006, SFFFF is built on the belief that anyone can be a filmmaker, and allows amateur artists the opportunity to be screened and acclaimed by the public. A main proponent of pushing SFFFF’s mission forward is Sara Judge, Director of Youth Filmmakers’ Program. Judge, an accomplished actor, director and songwriter expresses her “goal as a teacher is to equip [the youth] with the skills [they] need to reach [their] goals” in the film production field. The collaborative effort between the youth program and the main festival to integrate young filmmakers is a unique opportunity for many aspiring artists in the area. With the film festival’s support, youth from around the bay area are just one of the many underserved communities in the film industry who are assisted in realizing their goals alongside high caliber talent to be featured in this year’s four day event.
The film festival runs July 18th – 22nd, with the films screening the 20th – 22nd at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street and opening night festivities on the 18th, 19th and the 21st at Piano Fight, 144 Taylor Street, from 7 to 10pm. The mixer is open to the public, and all are welcome to come eat, drink and enjoy the performances of local musicians alongside the company of fellow film lovers. For avid cinema lovers and curious moviegoers alike, the Frozen Film Festival is sure to captivate with its diverse and meticulously procured lineup. The films span the genre spectrum, and include enticing dramatic shorts, laugh until you cry comedic shorts, gorgeously designed animation films, and adventurous surf and skate films.
The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that recognizes and promotes independent local and international filmmakers. Celebrating 12 years, the SFFFF takes pride in promoting and exhibiting independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities both locally and abroad. For more information on the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival’s organization, please visit frozenfilmfestival.com
The feature film for the 2018 festival is the highly anticipated documentary, Do U Want It?. Directed by Pablo Iraburu, this film investigates the hidden context of a refugee’s cellphone, unraveling clues to a refugee’s memories, past, identity and contacts from the world he had to flee from. Chronicling the daily life of a tiny mobile phone shop in one of the largest refugee camps in the world, District Zero is a must see for all Frozen Film Festival attendees.
Other collections include experimental films, environmental films and short documentaries.
Dates and Showtimes
Wednesday, June 18th, 2018
Opening Night Mixer, 7-10pm
Midnight Movie – Best International Shorts of 2018, Part 1: 10pm
Thursday, July 21, Piano Fight
Feature Documentary Night, 10pm
Saturday, July 21st, Little Roxie
Bay Area Local Short Film Collection of 2018, Part 1: 1pm
Best Experimental Short Films of 2018, Part 1: 2:25pm
Best Dramatic Short Films of 2018, Part 1: 4:10pm
Best International Shorts of 2018, Part 2: 5:55pm
Best Comedic Short Films of 2018, 7:15pm
Best Animated Shorts of 2018, 8:35pm
Best Surf and Skate Films of 2018, 10:05pm
Saturday, July 21st, Piano Fight
Live Music TBA: 5:00pm
The Sunrise Storyteller: TBD
Saturday, July 23, Roxie Theater
Bay Area Local Short Film Collection of 2016, 1:00pm
Best Experimental Film of 2016, 3:15pm
Best Comedic Short Films of 2016, 5:30pm
Best Surf and Skate Films of 2016, 7:05pm
Feature Documentary: District Zero, 8:45pm
Best Dramatic Thrilling Shorts of 2016, 10:00pm
Best Animated Shorts of 2016, 11:20pm
Sunday, July 22nd – Little Roxie
Bay Area Local Short Film Collection of 2018, Part 2: 1pm
Best Experimental Short Films of 2018, Part 2: 2:20pm
Best Dramatic Short Films of 2018, Part 2: 3:45pm
Best Environmental Documentaries of 2018, 5:30pm
Best Short Documentaries of 2018: 7:15pm
Best International Science Fiction and Horror Films of 2018: 9:10
Tickets are $13 per individual showing. Purchase of tickets available at frozenfilmfestival.com.
More About Us
The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SF FFF) is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 that is dedicated to creating avenues for independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities to come together and exhibit their work to the widest possible audience.
The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is held every summer in the heart of the Mission district in San Francisco at the Roxie Theatre. Filmmakers whose work is accepted into the festival are invited to come to the city by the bay in the dead of summer to screen and discuss their work.
In addition to our annual international film festival, the SFFFF Youth Program is specifically focused on demonstrating to underserved youth that existing pathways do exist to help them find a career in the film arts. SFFFF holds annual music and art performances, as well as youth programming and awards presentations.
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