Film Fests

Posted on January 7, 2012 – 10:57 PM | by Admin
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by Sarah Singleton

There’s more to movies in Sacramento than what’s playing at the local Megaplex.  You can stay immersed in film culture by attending just a few film festivals per year.  Now how to choose…?

Winter French Short Film Festival
February 4th, 7:30PM, Crest Theater

2012 kicks off its film festival season with the 5th annual winter shorts program put on by the Sacramento French Film Festival.  Dedicated to presenting French short films and Sacramento shorts with a French flavor.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films
Opening February 10th, Crest Theater

The Crest Theater just confirmed that they will again be showing Oscar Shorts–traditionally bundled into two programs, one live-action and one animated, requiring two separate admission fees.

Jewish Film Festival
March 10-11, Crest Theater

Now in its 15th year, the Jewish film festival will showcase at least 6 films from the US, Israel, Canada, and Europe in a variety of genres.  Dessert receptions will follow and validated parking is available.

DavisFilm Festival
April 5-7, International House and Veteran’s Memorial Theater

The 9th Annual Davis festival will include both feature-length international films and short works from new filmmakers on topics ranging from music to community.

SacramentoFrench Film Festival
June 15-24, Crest Theater

A perennial favorite, the Sac French Film Festival has been bringing  people together around great films, French culture, food and a fun atmosphere – not to mention a blowout opening gala – for the last 10 years.

Japanese Film Festival
July 6-8, Crest Theater

According to their Facebook page, the Japanese Film Festival film selections are well under way and that they will have a free Spring screening of a classic film (as yet unnamed) and the 3-day film festival will begin on July 6.  Check the website and their Facebook page for updates.

The Trash Film Orgy
July 14-August 18, Crest Theater

2012 will mark the TFO’s 12th year of midnight madness.  Live stage shows, local films (Monster from Bikini Beach, Planet of the Vampire Women), live music, cult cinema….and zombies.  Sacramento’s TFO is the originator of the now wildly popular and worldwide phenomenon “Zombie Walk” and it kicks off the Orgy each year.  What more could you want?

Modern Italian Film Festival
First Weekend of October, Fremont Park 

Situated at Fremont Park over a weekend and featuring contemporary Italian films,  shorts, and Italian commercials.  Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic, or buy some food at Hot Italian and settle in for a couple of evenings of free films.  At the time of writing, the dates for 2012 have not been finalized but you can check for updates on their Facebook page.

Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
October 13-15, Crest Theater

Our longest running film festival at 20 years, the SIGLFF is traditionally held in October to celebrate “National Coming Out Day.”  The festival typically shows short films as well as feature length movies.

A Place Called Sacramento
October 2012, Crest Theater

A celebration of Sacramento in ten-minute segments.   Now in it’s 13th year, “A Place Called Sacramento” – a scriptwriting and short film production project for local writers and producers – has created over 10 short films about the unique place that is our fair city.  As of this writing, Access Sacramento did not have updated dates for this festival, but all signs point to the month of October.  Check the website for dates.  The Crocker Art Museum will be showing the 2011 Festival Winners on Thursday, February 2nd at 6:30 PM as part of their “Film Frame” series.

Sacramento Horror Film Festival
October 12-14, Colonial Theater

What would October be without at least one Halloween screamfest?  The 6th Annual Horror Film Festival will surely entertain any lovers of the genre, or just scare the pants off of any wussies like me.

And don’t forget these ongoing film programs…

Verge Movie Night
Verge Center for the Arts

You’ll always see something interesting at the Verge Center for the Arts’ monthly film program.  Curators Liv and Becky have shown a wide variety of films, from documentary to Russ Meyer and often have panel discussions or weenie roasts to accompany them.

Sacramento Screen on the Green
Various Park Locations

Sac Screen on the Green is a free summer event, screening outdoor movies at a park near you—bring a blanket, a picnic and maybe your bag of tricks because one of the films is Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Crocker Museum’s Film Frame
First Thursdays each month, Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker’s Film Frame hosts films from classic movies like Wizard of Oz to cult favorites like the 1977 Japanese bizarre horrorfest Hausu.  Screenings often include commentary by filmmakers, artists or film enthusiasts and are held in the auditorium on the first floor or even in the courtyard outside.

Movies on a Big Screen
Ongoing, Friday and Sunday Evenings, Guild Theater

For full details check Niki Kangas’ article on page 34, but in a nutshell, Movies on a Big Screen shows movies that A) I want to see that don’t play at the bigger theaters, or B) I want to see that I didn’t know about yet, or C) I want to see again because I’ve never seen it in a theater.  MOBS “puts on artsy, offbeat, totally inappropriate for children films regularly…” says West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon.



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