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A fun and meaningful forum for education, understanding and awareness, the San Francisco Film Society’s Education Program introduces students to the art of filmmaking and celebrates both the differences and the shared values of the many cultural groups that make up our global community. The program aims to develop media literacy, broaden insights into other cultures, enhance foreign language aptitude, develop critical thinking skills and inspire a lifelong appreciation of cinema.
We are constantly establishing new partnerships with schools, cultural centers, sponsors, museums, innovators in the film industry and other nonprofit and arts organizations to support us in our educational objectives. We strive to cultivate students’ imaginations, facilitate their awareness as filmgoers and empower them as true global citizens.
Our programs are also designed to meet the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California public schools, providing key media resources for teaching artistic perception, creative expression, aesthetic valuing, historical and cultural dimensions of the arts, and the means for connecting and applying what is learned through film to other curricula and careers.
Since 1991, the SFFS Education Program has reached more than 30,000 Bay Area schoolchildren and 2,500 teachers from more than 500 educational institutions through film screenings, filmmaker visits and lesson plans.