DocFilm is a major resource for the 750 students studying Cinema at SF State, the 30,000 students on campus and the entire Bay Area population. To this end we have invited world-class filmmakers to present their films and give seminars and workshops on campus.

DocFilm Interview with President Wong


As interns, students have the opportunity to gain valuable production experience through DocFilm festivals and productions. Students can gain hands-on experience by collaborating with professional filmmakers on a wide range of DocFilm productions. In addition to the filmmaking process, most of our festival and community collaborations are operated by student interns looking for event management experience. Students interesting in receiving credit for diverse and meaningful projects should send an email to

Master Classes

Master classes allow film students to gain valuable insight and experiences from renowned filmmakers. Through master classes, renowned filmmakers share valuable insight and experiences specifically about the filmmaking process. Past presenters have included Francis Ford Coppola, Ken Burns, Bertrand Tavernier, D.A. Pennebaker, Ricky Leacock, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Christopher Hampton and Hubert Sauper all of whom shared invaluable insight into their inspirations, experiences, creative processes as well as advice on pertinent issues in filmmaking industry.

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers offer unique instructional opportunities for students and community members interested in cinema related topics.