Film School: GFI and the San Francisco State Film Finals!

As a proud sponsor of the 51st San Francisco State Film Finals we’re looking forward to the Bay Area’s premiere film school event this Friday: a full night of student-produced films–ranging from documentary, drama, experimental and animated shorts!

Films in the “finals”–all originally produced for SFSU Cinema classes–are selected by a committee of representatives from the SFSU Cinema Department faculty, graduate students and undergraduates for various competitive categories that showcase the diversity and filmmaking ambition of SFSU students. In addition to bragging rights, the talented winners in each section receive scholarships so they can continue to pursue their cinematic endeavors. There will also be a raffle open to the public, with chances to win amazing prizes–including a DVD set of new Global Lens releases!

Tickets to the Film Finals are going fast, so don’t miss your chance to be among the first to see the work of future movers and shakers in the film world!

Food for Thought: GFI & San Francisco’s Ninth Annual World Affairs Challenge

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from using film to teach students about other cultures around the world, it’s that oftentimes, kids can be the best teachers of all.

Naturally, we were very excited to get involved with the World Affairs Challenge, which invites students to work in teams, exploring global issues and then presenting their research and solutions in a final competition or “challenge.” This annual event is created by World Savvy, a local nonprofit that works toward youth education and involvement in community and world affairs—a mission very close to GFI’s heart.

This year’s theme, Food: Feeding the Planet Sustainably in the 21st Century, encourages students to learn about hunger, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, the environmental impact of our food system, trade and much more. Over 700 high school students from 23 schools throughout the Bay Area have been putting together presentations on topics such as popular food myths (for example, that there isn’t enough food grown on the planet to feed the world’s population), the connection between deforestation and food production, and ways to help fight hunger in Africa.

After months of preparation, the culminating event is the World Affairs Challenge, which takes place this Saturday, April 16th, on San Francisco State University’s campus. Students will compete in different events that

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