2016 Big Nights & Special Events

How To Let Go Of The WorldOpening Night Reception & Film: How To Let Go Of The World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change)

Josh Fox, USA, 2016, 125 min

San Francisco Premiere. Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change.


Thursday, April 14
6:00pm (Reception) & 7:30pm (Film)
Castro Theatre

An American AscentCenterpiece: An American Ascent

Andrew Adkins, George Potter, USA, 2014, 69 min

San Francisco Premiere. In the first expedition of its kind, nine African Americans blaze a trail on America’s highest peak: Denali.

Sunday, April 17, 8:30pm, Roxie Theater



BehemothDirector's Choice: Behemoth

Zhao Liang, China/France, 2015, 90 mins

West Coast Premiere. The Chinese mining industry has devastating effects on people and nature, creating something more akin to Dante's Hell than intended.

Tuesday, April 19, 9:00pm, Roxie Theater



Born Free April 2050th Anniversary: Uproar! Reception and Born Free

James Hill, USA/UK, 1966, 95 min

Elsa the Lioness has captured hearts around the globe & inspired star Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation, dedicated to protecting these majestic animals.

Wednesday, April 20
5:30pm (Reception) & 6:30pm (Film Screening), Castro Theatre


Not_Without_UsClosing Night & Party: Not Without Us

Mark Decena, USA, 2016, 90 min

World Premiere. This timely documentary follows seven grassroots activists to the UN climate talks in Paris and asks what kind of climate deal has been adopted.

Wednesday, April 20, 9:15pm, Castro Theatre



Festival BrunchHappy Hour at FestHQ

Ticket and pass holders are invited to join us at the weekend for a complimentary drink & to share your views on the Festival films. 21+

April 15 (5:00 - 6:00pm), April 16-17 (5:00-7:00pm), 518 Valencia