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San Francisco International Film Festival

With a history ranging from Alfred Hitchcock classics to the latest Planet of the Apes blockbusters, San Francisco boasts an impressive moviemaking and cinematic tradition all its own. The city is also home to the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running event of its kind in the Americas. Attend the 15 days of screenings and special events (typically held in early March), and you’ll hang with more than 300 film industry notables from 20+ countries. In addition to viewing movies, there are live musical performances, plus a chance to hear film notables in candid discussions about their work and current cinema trends.  And yes, you’ll almost certainly spot stars, too: Recent attendees have included Harrison Ford, Jeremy Irons, and Ryan Gosling.