The San Francisco Film Society has announced the date and venue for SFFILM Awards Night (formerly Film Society Awards Night), its annual fundraising celebration honoring achievement in filmmaking craft. The historic 60th anniversary edition of this glamorous dinner event and awards presentation will take place the evening of Tuesday, December 5 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.
One of San Francisco’s most highly anticipated film events and social gatherings, SFFILM Awards Night has now moved to a new position in the city’s fall calendar, leveraging the Bay Area’s increasing awards season relevance and adding a new voice to the end-of-year film conversation. The program will recognize the storied careers of some of the best and brightest in contemporary cinema with special onstage tributes.
SFFILM Awards Night will be taking place in the Exhibition Center at the Palace of Fine Arts, the recently renovated, spacious and dynamic event space managed by Non Plus Ultra Inc, San Francisco’s premiere events management company.
SFFILM’s prestigious awards—until now always presented during April’s San Francisco International Film Festival—include the Irving M. Levin Directing Award, the Peter J. Owens Acting Award, and the Kanbar Storytelling Award, and will be expanded to include new honors at this year’s event. SFFILM honorees throughout the years have included Robert Altman, Ellen Burstyn, Frances Ford Coppola, Judy Davis, Guillermo del Toro, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Abbas Kiarostami, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Tom McCarthy, Mira Nair, Sean Penn, Eric Roth, James Schamus, Kevin Spacey, and Robin Williams, among many others.
The 2017 SFFILM Awards Night honorees will be announced in the coming months, along with additional detail regarding the evening’s program. This year’s event will be co-chaired by SFFILM Board members Heidi Fisher and Sonya Yu. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit SFFILM’s year-round programs in film exhibition, media education, and artist development.