Festival 2018: It's a wrap!

Harold Lloyd's The Freshman wilth Berklee Silent Film Orchestra accompanying at SFSFF 2017.
Photo by Pamela Gentile


The 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival was a brilliant success May 30–June 3, 2018. Five wonderful days of live cinema with masterpieces from the silent film era set to glorious live music at San Francisco's magnificent movie palace Castro Theatre. Restorations, revelations, and a rousing sing-along "Happy Birthday" to Kevin Brownlow from the packed house at Mare Nostrum. SFSFF 2018 is a wrap, but we have plans for more live cinema!

Some audience response from bygone festivals:


“This was my ninth consecutive year traveling from NYC for the SFSFF, and it won’t be my last. I love the ambiance, the audiences, the crowd control, the music, the chances to meet friends new and old. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about the Festival is the great mix of programs, featuring the familiar classics and less well-known films. I’ve had the great chance to revisit and rediscover such works as Pandora’s Box and The Last Laugh and most recently Battleship Potemkin in ways that made me see them fresh, almost as if for the first time! And it was at SFSFF that I saw lesser known (to me at least) works as Rotaie, Mr. Fix-it, and this year’s The Doll.”

“The films presented at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival not only celebrate the origins of cinema but also showcase the international artistic talent that gave this new art form the global momentum it still enjoys today. Each year the festival proves that great storytelling never goes out of style. Accompanying each film with live musical performances is just one way that the San Francisco Silent Film Festival excels at its ability to not just entertain but also amaze and inspire.”


“High art. The pinnacle of live cinema. For newcomers and patrons alike sharing in the delight and joy of film, music, and the cultural community that truly transcends time.”


“The films at the SF Silent Film Festival always wow me. Every year, a diverse selection of rare films grace the screen at the Castro Theatre in front of many other lovers of film. It’s so well organised and well attended...it’s wonderful being in a theatre with so many enthusiastic viewers. And the guest speakers introducing the upcoming film are always great!”