THE EARLY YEARS
Sacramento's Festival of Cinema (FOC) began in 1995 as the brain child of Founder Kenneth Segura Knoll. With seed money acquired by beloved late Sacramento mayor Joe Serna, Knoll had the vision to bring a first class cinematic event to Sacramento in support of cinema arts.
In 1999, Knoll transferred full ownership to Access Sacramento, with whom the FOC had partnered since its inception. Already the area's Community Media Center, bringing media education and resources to the public, Access Sacramento hosted the event through 2004 under the leadership of Executive Director Ron Cooper and Managing Festival Director Martin Anaya.
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In 2004, Access Sacramento decided to focus its energy on the all-local "Place Called Sacramento" film program and gave Martin Anaya its blessing to continue the larger festival independently under a new banner. Thus, the modern Sacramento International Film Festival was born.
A NEW ERA
In 2005, the new SFF widened its focus to emphasize diversity with new programs like Cine Soul (the Sacramento Black Film Festival) and Cine Latino (the Sacramento Latino Film Festival). Of course the festival still supports local filmmakers through innovative programs like NorCal All-Stars, and its Future Visionaries youth showcase.
As cinema began to evolve, pairing digital with celluloid, the festival responded with a specific focus on transmedia, offering its Digital Odyssey Conference for the first time in 2008. And in the spirit of digital video's speedy turnaround the festival began its own 48-Hour Film competition in 2007, challenging filmmakers to create films on a two-day timeline.
Through the years, the festival has been host to many award-winning films, including Snow and Ashes, The Prince of Broadway, Julie & Julia, Young Victoria, and Academy Award Winners Binta and the Great Idea and Slumdog Millionaire. It has also been our honor to welcome distinguished guests John Daly (Platoon, The Last Emperor), Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin' Aces, The A-Team), Michael Madsen (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs), Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale), and John Ottman (The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2).
For 17 years, first as the Festival of Cinema and now as the Sacramento International Film Festival, organizers have made it their mission to bring cinema dreams to life. We continue with that mission today amidst an evolving industry and an ever-changing world.
The California Film Foundation
Our sister organization, the California Film Foundation offers the opportunity for professionals from all over Northern California to meet, create, and learn through its monthly meetings and online social network. Bringing in guest speakers each month, the foundation has the largest and oldest network of professional filmmakers in the Sacramento region. The foundation is also the home of the film festival's A-Team a group of volunteers who help coordinate the festival.
Membership is free to all in the hope that every filmmaker in the region has the opportunity to utilize the foundation's network, resources, and collective cinematic knowledge. If your are interested in joining, please visit the California Film Foundation's website, www.californiafilm.net.