The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a silent film festival held annually in San Francisco, California. It is now in it's 13th year and spans 3 days and several films. The festival is attended by over 9,000 people ever year. Over 36,000 people have attended the festival since its beginning.


The festival was founded in 1992 out of frustration at the lack of silent film screenings. Melissa Chittick and Stephen Salmons founded The Silent Film Festival as a non profit organization. The first festival was held in 1996 and had an attendance of 1,800. That attendance has grown to more than 10,000 in recent years.


Board of DirectorsEdit

  • Judy Wyler Sheldon, President
  • Richard J. Meyer, President Emeritus
  • Robert Byrne, Vice President/Secretary
  • William B. Bond, Treasurer
  • Frank Buxton
  • Timothy J. Duke
  • Tracey Goessel Doyle
  • Michael Frew
  • Robin McRoskey Azevedo
  • David Smith

Advisory BoardEdit

  • Kevin Brownlow
  • Mario P. Diaz
  • Peter N. Fowler Esq.
  • Sydney Goldstein
  • Stephan Gong
  • Randy Haberkamp
  • Dennis James
  • Edith Kramer
  • Leonard Maltin
  • Lee Mendelson
  • Russel Merrit
  • Graces Eaves Prien
  • David Shepard
  • Scott Simon PhD
  • Paolo Cherchi Usai
  • Charles Wolfe PhD
  • Terry Zigwoff


The festival uses 100 volunteers every year

13th Annual FestivalEdit

The 13th Annual Silent Film Festival will take place between July 11-13, 2008.

July 11Edit

July 12Edit

July 13Edit

Noteable AttendeesEdit


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