SAN FRANCISCO—The 2023 San Francisco PornFilmFestival returns on Aug. 16 to 27, screening online and in-person, with two days broadcasting live from the Brava Theater and in-person programming on Aug.18 and 19.
The festival is a multi-generational celebration of the adult industry’s cinematic history and innovations of today’s adult movie makers. This year’s edition is supported by premier sponsors Adult Time and Treasure Island Media, and powered by streaming adult platform PinkLabel.TV.
The festival will present a curated collection of 69 productions spanning from experimental to documentary. Attendees can look forward to in-person and virtual screenings, socials, filmmaker chats, and more. The festival features a line-up of premiers as well as a look back at classic LGBTQ movies.
Festivities begin online on Wednesday, Aug. 16 as FORE/PLAY kicks off a 24-hour selection of movie screenings on-demand. International filmmakers will be showcased, 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, Aug. 17, artists will come together at 11:00 a.m. PT, for an online filmmaker chat with a meet-and-greet.
Later in the evening at 7:00 p.m., the festival’s opening showcase will present an early 2000s San Francisco dyke porn, Sugar High Glitter City. Directors Jack Strano and Shar Rednour will be in conversation with scholar Lynn Comella. The opening is preceded by an excerpt from Shine Louise Houston’s 2000s queer porn classic The Crash Pad.
On Friday, Aug. 18, the festival will be broadcasting live and in-person from the Brava Theater. FUCKING/FUN screens joyful and hardcore shorts at 4:00 p.m. Local artists Hanky director Ramses Rodstein and Transit co-creator Jiz Lee will be in attendance.
Then at 7:00 p.m., the narrative and explicit porn program continues with SEX/SCENE. Local highlights include “CrashPad Quickies: Knotty Rell and Zuri Love by Crash Pad“ director Ava LaPrima and “No Man Like Me“ by trans creator Jaq Quicksilver. International productions include Australian “Into-You-I-See-Me“ exploring interabled intimacy and the United Kingdom’s “Pointe to Please“ displaying ballet and pole dancing.
ART/SMUT on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 4:00 p.m. will be presenting short movies with an explicit and experimental focus at the theater. Works include “Big Sur Gay Porn,” in which cult filmmaker Tom DeSimone revisits the production of a lost gay movie 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 finale at 7:00 p.m. in BIG/BANG, showcasing sex scenes by numerous talents 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).
Pop’s Bar serves as the festival’s in-person mixer after the shows.
Catch the RE/PLAY offering festival programs and Q&As on-demand through Aug. 27.
Tickets are available for $15 per show or $50 for a theater pass to watch all cinema screenings, $25 for a virtual festival pass, or $60 for an all-access pass to watch both in-person and online.
Buy tickets here.