The San Francisco Film Society will celebrate of the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco International Film Festival next year. This makes it the first film festival from Alaska to Argentina to reach the half-century mark, according to a press release.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the awarding of the one-time-only award named after festival founder Irving “Bud” Levin. This year, the award will go to George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars films.

What: San Francisco Film Festival
Where: San Francisco, Berkeley and the Peninsula (Calif.)
When: April 26 to May 10, 2007
For More Info:
www.sfiff.org/festival/index.html
history.sffs.org/index.php


In Other News:

Since I’m talking about genre directors being presented with awards. Earlier this month, Steven Spielberg was one of several honored at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. He received an award for lifetime achievement in the performing arts. If you’d like to see it, the evening gala will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET.