For two weeks each spring since 1957, the San Francisco Film Society, a non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to celebrating film, has presented the San Francisco International Film Festival. It is the longest-running film festival in the Americas, and it features about 200 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers attending.
Nearly two-dozen awards are presented for cinematic excellence, so the festival attracts a large crowd or more than 80,000 audience members. Awards are given for acting, directing, screenwriting, short films and experimental films, among other categories.
Recently, the Film Society created SF360, a collection of initiatives intended to showcase the vitality, variety and innovation of the San Francisco Bay Area film scene. The SF360 website covers the local media scene and brings movies into exciting nightlife spaces.