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Scenes From The SF International Film Festival

The electric red billboards around the city were hard to miss for this year’s SF International Film Fest, which took place over the last two weeks and finishes up tomorrow. The festival went big this year, plopping a massive video box down in Union Square to draw visitors to its Japantown home base and welcoming a grip of big name guests from a newly rejuvenated Val Kilmer to Directing Award recipient Kenneth Branagh to hundreds of screenings, events, and galas. We collected some celebrity scenes from the SF International, check them out above.

The 55th edition of the city’s largest film festival announces its award winners tonight and closes tomorrow at the Castro with a screening of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, a doc about the band and the rags-to-riches rise of their new Filipino lead singer, Arnel Pineda, who was discovered by the band on YouTube(!). Prepare for some Castro congestion because all the members of (arguably) San Francisco’s biggest musical export, will be at the screening in person, and everyone but diehard Perry-heads will be crowding in to refresh blurry memories from the Shoreline Jumbotron. The festival’s closing party will go down after the screening at ritzy downtown nightclub Sloan Square(d)--this might be your only chance to visit without ending up trapped in a tacky party pic that your coworkers will forever ridicule.

Tickets here.