The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is proud to serve a role in the preservation of our cinematic heritage by presenting restorations and preservation prints from archives around the world. Festivals like ours participate in the preservation cycle by bringing appreciative audiences to bear witness to the extraordinary breadth and depth of silent-era filmmaking.
Since 2003, SFSFF has given the San Francisco Silent Film Festival Award to organizations and individuals to honor their contributions to the preservation and restoration of silent-era movies. Award recipients are listed below.
From 2008–2013, SFSFF awarded fellowships to students working in silent film preservation. Fellows are listed below. Since 2014, we've awarded AMIA conference travel grants to up-and-coming archivists.
In the last few years, SFSFF has had a direct hand in the restoration of several titles. Through our preservation fund, in partnership with organizations such as BFI, MoMA, Cinémathèque Française, EYE Filmmuseum, Library of Congress, the Film Preservation Society, and Gosfilmofond, we have restored and preserved The Last Edition, The Half-Breed, The Good Bad Man, When the Earth Trembled, Sherlock Holmes, Behind the Door, Les Deux Timides, The Italian Straw Hat, Mothers of Men, What's the World Coming To?, Silence, The Three Musketeers, and a fragment of Now We're in the Air. We are gratified to have brought these titles back to life and are committed to showcasing important restorations and preservations for years to come.
In November 2015, SFSFF was granted associate membership in the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF), which has been dedicated to the preservation of, and access to, the world's film heritage since 1938.
THE SILENT FILM FESTIVAL AWARD2017
David Robinson of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto
Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films
BFI (British Film Institute)
Telluride Film Festival
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Kevin Brownlow and Patrick Stanbury of Photoplay Productions
China Film Archive
David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates
Turner Classic Movies
Library of Congress and Melissa Chittick
National Film Preservation Foundation
George Eastman House
La Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF)
* From 2003 - 2006, the award was sponsored by Haghefilm.
SILENT FILM FESTIVAL PRESERVATION FELLOWS2013
Simon Milne, The Last Edition restoration team
Ken Fox, Mr. Fix-It
Kyle Westphal, McCall's Fashion News
Anne Smatla, Screen Snapshots (7th Series)