There are several film festivals that take place each year in the San Francisco Bay area, such as:
- San Francisco International Film Festival and Film Society
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
- San Francisco Silent Film Festival
- The Asian American Film Festival/Center for Asian American Media
San Francisco International Film Festival and Film Society
“Interning at the San Francisco Film Society was a wonderful experience in an environment where everybody loves films; they always made a point of encouraging us to sit in on films and go to events.” —Masa Nagane, Cinema student and former SFFS intern
The San Francisco Film Society presents the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, along with year-round screenings and educational events. Internships with the Film Society offer unique insights into the workings of a top-ranked film society and festival. Internships also support the Film Society’s mission to educate and connect the filmmaking community via workshops, special screenings, classes, seminars and social events. Additional benefits include:
- Complimentary one year SFFS membership
- Opportunity to attend SFFS classes, programs and events.
- Class credit
Visit the San Francisco Film Society website for up-to-date listings of the exciting internship opportunities available at the Film Society and film festival.
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (summer semester only)
Arts Marketing, Programming, Development Internships
Acclaimed as the most beloved and successful Jewish community event in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the oldest and largest Jewish Film Festival in the world. The SFJFF hosts year-round screenings in San Francisco and a three-week Festival in July/August in San Francisco, Berkeley, San Rafael and Palo Alto, attracting more than 30,000 ticket buyers. Interns would join its small but very active and busy arts exhibition organization, with an excellent staff boasting a wide range of expertise.
Internships are available in production, programming, marketing and development; however, interns will work across disciplines, gaining experience in all of these areas. Interns are expected to perform a variety of tasks, ranging from administrative tasks (light filing, limited data entry) to writing, development, program research, assisting with the festival and special events/screenings, maintaining web updates and more.
Dates and Hours
Internships typically run from the end of May through the beginning of August; 8-10 hours per week; three units of academic credit.
The festival itself is a fast-paced, exciting environment that will require a commitment to some evenings and weekends. Good writing skills, discretion and initiative are essential. HTML, Final Cut, Raiser’s Edge, Photoshop, Aperture, MS Office and inDesign skills all a plus, but the organization is also a good place to gain experience with those programs and others.
Send cover letter specifying your area of primary interest with resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
No phone calls, please.
San Francisco Silent Film Festival (spring semester only)
Operations and Publicity Intern
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the artistry, diversity, and enduring cultural value of silent-era film with live musical accompaniment. We make it possible for contemporary audiences to see these exquisite films as they are meant to be seen: on the big screen, with carefully crafted scores performed live by accomplished musicians and ensembles!
Through this internship, the operations and publicity intern will be exposed to the inner workings of a small nonprofit arts organization and the process of programming, publicizing, coordinating and fundraising for a small film festival. The internship plays a key role in the success of our organization and we greatly appreciate your enthusiasm to be part of our team.
In addition to experience gained, you will receive two passes good for admission to all programs at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and two invitations to the opening night party.
Dates and Hours
Internships are part-time (15 - 20 hours/week). They begin in mid-spring and continue through the festival, which takes place July 31. Interns can earn up to six units of academic credit.
Your internship will require the flexibility to work on many difference types of projects, which may include:
- Researching and contacting new publicity and marketing outlets and contacts
- Coordinating community outreach, via email and in person
- Assisting with set up for special events, press conference, parties and festival
- Processing membership contributions, maintaining contact and member database
- Collecting and archiving online press and press clippings for the festival
- Assisting with arrangements for festival guests and musicians
- Assisting with development mailings and coordination of donor benefits
Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required; familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and databases is a big plus. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented and possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Please send your resume to Lucia Pier, operations director, at email@example.com.
The Asian American Film Festival/Center for Asian American Media (spring and fall semesters)
Festival Internships, Development Internships, Media Fund Internships
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting, to the broadest audience possible, stories conveying the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
CAAM also presents the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival every March. The SFIAAFF, the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presents approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital exhibition site for new Asian cinema.
Dates and Hours
CAAM/SFIAAF internships typically require a commitment of 10 - 15 hours per week and are available during both fall and spring semesters, though the festival takes place in the spring. Depending on how many weeks the internship runs, students can earn three or six units of academic credit.
Internship positions typically include: festival internships, development internships, and media fund internships.
View the CAAM Website for further information about specific internships, and how to apply.