San Francisco PornFilmFestival Announces Film Selections and Annual Fundraiser

“San Francisco PornFilmFestival Announces Film Selections and Annual Fundraiser

Bay Area adult film festival returns with celebration of sexual cinema

For Immediate Release:

SAN FRANCISCO, California, USA (July 5th, 2023) — Festival organizers have announce the official slate for the 2023 San Francisco PornFilmFestival, running August 16th-27th, with online programing and in-person events broadcasting live from the Brava Theater August 18th-19th powered by streaming adult platform PinkLabel.TV. The festival is a multi-generational celebration of the industry’s history, and a look forward to the innovations of today’s adult filmmakers.

2023 San Francisco PornFilmFestival
August 18th – 19th, 2023
Brava Theater, California
August 16th – 27th, 2023

A collection of 69 titles present an erotic smorgasbord with something for everyone, in a wide assortment of films exploring sexuality, spanning experimental to documentary. Attendees can look forward to in-person and virtual screenings, socials, filmmaker chats, and a vibrant collection of well-crafted and thought-provoking erotic and adult films. This year’s festival features a fresh line-up of films premiering this year, as well as a look back at classic LGBTQ movies. This year also sees a trend coming out after the initial wave of the pandemic isolation: group sex scenes! The festival closes with BIG/BANG, a curation of who’s-who in contemporary porn-making around the world. Films from the Bay Area and beyond “push the genre” expanding the cinematic landscape of sexuality.

Coinciding with the official selections announcement, organizers have launched the festival’s annual fundraiser, offering VIP and pre-sale tickets, limited edition t-shirts, PinkLabel.TV gift cards, and big sponsorship packages. The fundraiser allows the international filmmaking community and its biggest fans to play a major role in supporting the event by helping to secure theatrical and virtual production expenses, and importantly, ensuring artist payment.

The Schedule

Festivities begin online on Wednesday, August 16th as FORE/PLAY kicks off a special 24-hour selection of films screening on-demand. Films showcase international filmmakers, including Auto/Visual and Jerks from Greece, NARCISSISM from Germany, and House of Woland from Australia, while Documenting a Hot Summer Weekend and The Dinner Party represent contemporary Bay Area porn producers.

On Thursday, August 17th, artists will come together at 11:00AM Pacific, streaming online from across the seas in the MEET/GREET filmmaker chat. Later that evening at 7:00PM, the festival’s opening film presents an early 2000’s San Francisco homegrown dyke porn, SUGAR HIGH GLITTER CITY. Filmmakers Jack Strano and Shar Rednour from SIR Productions will be in conversation with scholar Lynn Comella. The landmark film is preceded by an excerpt from Houston’s 2000’s queer porn cult classic The Crash Pad. This program is a must-see for fans of dyke and queer porn, and anyone curious about the history of an important yet often overlooked period in queer film history.

On Friday, August 18th, the festival gets physical with two action-packed shorts programs broadcasting live and in-person from the Brava Theater. FUCKING/FUN screens joyful and hardcore shorts at 4:00pm. Local artists include HANKY director Ramses Rodstein and Transit co-creator Jiz Lee in attendance. Then at 7:00PM, the narrative and explicit porn program continues with SEX/SCENE. Local highlights include CrashPad Quickies: Knotty Rell and Zuri Love by CrashPad director Ava LaPrima and No Man Like Me by trans creator Jaq Quicksilver. International artists include Australian Into-You-I-See-Me exploring interabled intimacy and the United Kingdom’s Pointe to Please displaying the artistic parallels of ballet and pole dancing.

Saturday, August 19th has us back in the theater with ART/SMUT at 4:00PM presenting short films with an explicit and experimental focus. Works include Big Sur Gay Porn, in which cult filmmaker Tom DeSimone revisits the production of a lost gay film and resurrects youthful adventures on the California coast, while a thermal camera reveals new ways of seeing queer pleasure and desire in Melting Point. The festival comes to a grand finale at 7:00PM in BIG/BANG, showcasing sex scenes by biggest movers and shakers in the queer and ethical adult scene: Midnight Tryst by Forplay Films (Los Angeles), Beer and Loving with Las Bangers by HardWerk Pictures (Berlin), RITES OF SPRING by Four Chambers (London), Babygurl’s Big Birthday Bang by AORTA Films (New York) and CrashPad’s End of Year Special (San Francisco). The global ensemble of films celebrates joyful sex, bodies, and represents the latest in contemporary adult filmmaking.

Pop’s Bar serves as the festival’s in-person mixer after the shows. If you’ve missed any program, catch the RE/PLAY offering festival programs and Q&As on-demand through August 27th. Follow the fest on Twitter and Instagram; direct inquiries to The Festival Press Kit can be found here.

About the San Francisco PornFilmFestival
The San Francisco PornFilmFestival seeks to showcase the creativity and craft of adult-oriented films from the Bay Area and beyond. Inspired by numerous adult film events, we want to specifically thank the Berlin PornFilmFestival for its namesake and guidance in forming this new American landmark festival. We embark on this journey to celebrate San Francisco’s vibrant legacy of sex-positive film artists.

About PinkLabel.TV
A streaming video-on-demand network for porn films that ‘push the genre’, PinkLabel.TV has been described as a kind of “Criterion Collection” of sexual cinema, inviting viewers to browse and discover landmark titles from adult film classics to contemporary erotic film.

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