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Fourth-Annual San Francisco International Animation Festival Sponsored by Esurance

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San Francisco, CA — October 12, 2009

The San Francisco Film Society presents the fourth-annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a 5-day event celebrating one of the most fertile, creative, and productive forms of artistic, experimental, commercial, and industrial media. This year's International Animation Festival ranges from the premiere of a major Hollywood feature directed by an Oscar-nominated auteur to historic family-friendly short cartoons and celebrates San Francisco's preeminence as a hub for one of the most vital forms in cinema today. SFIAF will open at Mezzanine, Wednesday, November 11 and screen November 12 to 15 at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema, with a special live event at the Apple Store, Friday, November 13.

"With everything from cutout and claymation to cutting-edge CGI, SFIAF continues to explore animation in all its forms," said programmer Sean Uyehara. "The Festival approaches animation both as a multifaceted artistic practice and as a mode of production. As in the past, we're presenting a wide range of works, from Wes Anderson's new surefire blockbuster 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' to the celebrated experimental works of artist Nate Boyce."

Wednesday, November 11

8 p.m. — A Dream of Lovers and 2 Blessed 2 Be Stressed

Thursday, November 12

7 p.m. — Fantastic Mr. Fox

8 p.m. — Opening Night Party

9:30 p.m. — Fantastic Mr. Fox

Friday, November 13

4 p.m. — SF360 Live — Data in Motion: Information Design and Animation

7 p.m. — The Breakdown

9 p.m. — A Town Called Panic

Saturday, November 14

1 p.m. — Walt Disney's Alice Comedies

3:15 p.m. — Super Massive Suspension: Nate Boyce vs. Amy Hicks

5:45 p.m. — The Best of Annecy

7:45 p.m. — Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai

9:30 p.m. — Play It by Eye

Sunday, November 15

12 p.m. — The Best of Annecy

1:45 p.m. — Somewhere Where I Don't Know Where I Am

3:30 p.m. — Metropia

About SFIAF

The fourth-annual San Francisco International Animation Festival is sponsored by Esurance. Since 2004, Esurance, the online auto insurance company, has made the insurance industry more animated with its pink-haired superhero, Erin Esurance. Additional support comes from Hewlett-Packard, Landmark Theatres, Embarcadero Center, Café Claude, Chevy's, Palomino, Rotee, Sugar Bowl Bakery, José Pastor Wine Selections, and the Good Hotel.

For a full schedule and information, visit www.sffs.org.