Director Ryan Coogler, director Sarah Polley and producer and actor Margot Robbie will be honored at the annual 2022 San Francisco International Film Festival Awards on December 5 at the YBCA Forum.
The event honors achievement in film and its fundraising proceeds support the organization’s mission to “discover, nurture and showcase the next generation of film artists.”
Irving M. Coogler directed the film. Levin receives the award, which is given in memory of the founder of the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1957. Past recipients include Jane Campion Chloe Zhao, Steve McQueen, Kathryn Bigelow, Kenneth Branagh, Francis. Ford Coppola and Werner Herzog, among others.
Coogler is best known for his debut film Fruitvale StationAs well Creed And Creed II, Curry Leopard and more recently, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Danai Guri will present the award.
Robbie will be honored with the Maria Manetti Shrem Award for Acting, joining previous recipients including Glenn Close, Adam Driver, Amy Adams, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Irons, Harrison Ford and Robin Williams.
Robbie will next star in Damien Chazelle Babylon With Brad Pitt. They recently completed the construction work Barbie, which will be released next July. Chazelle will present the award.
Maggie Gyllenhaal will receive the Polly SFFILM Award for Storytelling, previously awarded to Aaron Sorkin, Lulu Wang, Boots Riley and Tom McCarthy. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film Away from her. Her most current project is Women are talking, starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Ben Whishaw. Author and editor Dave Eggers will present the award.
“Each of these amazing artists brings the highest level of skill to their latest work, creating one of the most indelible films of the year. This celebratory evening not only honors their unique contributions, but also promotes our ability to achieve our year-round initiatives to nurture filmmakers, support students, and unite audiences through the transformative power of cinematic storytelling,” says Ann Lai, Executive Director of SFFILM. “Award Night’s impact can be seen in every corner of our mission, and for that we are grateful.”
Jesse Fairbanks, director of programming at SFFILM, added: “2022 is the year SFFILM happily welcomes audiences and filmmakers back to theaters. From our festival in the spring to Doc Stories in the fall, Bay Area audiences join us to experience movie-going as a collective and affirming experience. The awards night caps off a successful year featuring the creativity and fearlessness of films and filmmakers from around the world.