SF Urban Film Fest is creating fun interactive events and films about urban planning
23
patrons
$110
per month

SF Urban Film Fest: 

Where Urban Planning Empowers & Entertains


Urban planning is the convergence of politics and our physical environment.  It effects everyone, all the time. That's why you need to get involved.

One easy way is to join us at our upcoming house party in late AUGUST and of course at our yearly film festival Nov. 13-19, 2017.  SAVE THE DATES!


Urban planning decisions impact where (or whether) you have a place to sleep at night, the ways you get around town, the food you eat, and the air you breathe. Good urban planning can improve your health and even save your life (think protected bike lanes).

Making cities better is a grueling process.

Although we all want healthier, safer and more affordable cities, making them a reality is a complicated process that often alienates the folks who need support the most.

The SF Urban Film Fest makes urban planning fun!

That’s why I started the SF Urban Film Fest where urban planning is jargon free, entertaining, innovative, impactful, and fun. All events feature some form of storytelling which you will discover is the most efficient and engaging tool human beings have invented (sorry iPhone!).

Join Our Community

Our community includes filmmakers, urban planners, artists, architects, real estate developers, activists, tech professionals, college professors, students, government staffers and citizens like you.

  • Discover how your city works. 
  • Meet people who are making your city a better place to live.
  • Find ways you too can make your city great.
  • Learn to use storytelling to maximize engagement and impact.

Why Patreon?

Patreon helps us expand into the virtual world and grow our festival in the real world.

We are integrating Patreon because it’s a flexible business model that allows us to expand into the virtual world (while at the same time grow the film festival in the real world). One of the coolest features of the SF Urban Film Fest Patreon community will be a monthly live Q&A video chat session called “SFUFF Campfire” where you get exclusive access to guest filmmakers, urban planners, architects and policy wonks doing amazing work in the Bay Area.

It's time to pay our volunteer staff what they're worth.

Both the virtual and real world SF Urban Film Fest platforms are created by passionate urban planning, media and tech professionals who have so far volunteered their time. It’s now time to pay them what they are worth. Your support will also cover accounting and legal expenses, the basics for any small business. On the revenue side, your support will help offset student discounts, fee waivers to filmmakers and foregone ticket revenues at free film screenings.

How It Works

When you sign up, just select how much to pledge per month, and an accompanying reward tier. No matter how small the contribution, it all comes together to create impact.

Push SF Urban Film Fest to the Next Level


Thank you to our founding partners and welcome new SFUFF community members!

The SF Urban Film Fest celebrates its 3rd birthday this November. Many dedicated volunteers and generous partners including SPUR (a 100-year old urban planning think tank in downtown San Francisco), the University of San Francisco (USF), the Exploratorium, and the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) have supported us. In just two years, we have grown from 200 to 600 registrants and we are poised to grow even more. It’s time the SF Urban Film Fest adopt a sustainable business model using Patreon so we can offer top notch programming for years to come. Please join us and thank you for your enthusiasm!

Sincerely,

Fay Darmawi
Founder and Executive Producer


Thank you for contributing to our vision!

Tiers
Pledge $3 or more per month
18 patrons

Urban Basics


Create a new community.
You’d like to stay informed and inspired but most important to you is sharing the basics with friends and having fun learning about urban planning.

  • SFUFF Patreon Weekly Feed
Follow Fay Darmawi and her team pitch government officials, comedians, and filmmakers, negotiate with venues, analyze films and decide how to frame issues to maximize audience engagement. You’ll be able to give real time feedback on our progress and in doing so learn the basics of film and urbanism.

  • 2 FREE Guest Passes
Bring friends who are not yet members to a film festival event in November - they will get in free!
Pledge $10 or more per month
8 patrons

Urban Enthusiast


Ask hard questions and share ideas.
Joining at this level means you are ready to dive a little deeper into issues affecting your community. You are ready to ask some hard questions. Or you have generated a few ideas of your own and want to share them with others but not sure where to start, this is the level for you.

  • "SFUFF Campfire"
Each monthly live-chat Q&A session will feature a special guest working on amazing projects and share specialized knowledge in the fields of social impact storytelling, urban design, transportation, environmental sustainability, housing, social justice, art, and civic engagement. Here’s your chance to ask your hard questions, or bounce off your ideas just like you would at a campfire.

  • Plus all previous rewards
Pledge $18 or more per month
3 patrons

Urbanologist


Pass it forward.
Urbanologists are passionate about cities and believe storytelling can help shape visions of our future. You are ready to pass your wisdom to the wider community.

  • Patreon Exclusive Film Screenings at a comfy neighborhood movie theatre (aiming for the Alamo and Roxie)
These screenings are exclusive to SFUFF Patreon members at this level. We will limit each screening to an intimate in size of about 30 people (but a minimum of 12). They will be held in early spring and summer giving you an opportunity to connect during the year in addition to festival time in November.

  • Donate 2 Guest Passes to A Non-Profit Grantee for their Residents to Attend Patreon Exclusive Film Screenings or SFUFF Festival Film Screenings.
In your name (or anonymously), SFUFF will donate 2 guest passes to non-profit affordable housing developers to distribute to their residents. In 2016, the grantee will be the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), a 35-year old non-profit housing developer who house over 3,500 low-income residents in the Tenderloin and SOMA neighborhoods.

  • Plus all previous rewards
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 patron

SFUFF Non-Profit and Small Biz Sponsor


Committed to urbanist values.
SFUFF Sponsors are a special breed of leaders, businesses, and organizations who have committed themselves to creating equitable and dynamic cities of the future. You are ready to co-brand yourself with the SF Urban Film Fest and show the world the impact commitment can make.

  • Your name or logo will be listed as a “Sponsor” on the SFUFF Website and on-screen before and after every film at the film festival.

  • SFUFF will help you create your own film festival and other events that help further your objectives.
You want to create your own film festival but don’t know where to start. We are here to help you select films, develop budgets, connect with local filmmakers and frame issues to maximize engagement. Also, you will get access to the SFUFF Film Index containing over 100 films with short synopsis and organized by subject matter.

  • Plus all previous rewards
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons

SFUFF Investor Circle


Become a creator of urban planning media.
You are ready to invest in the future of SFUFF as both a platform for civic engagement and a creator of media content. The small size of the investor circle will allow us to leverage off each other’s knowledge and passion. The pinnacle of success would be an urban planning equivalent of “An Inconvenient Truth” the film that launched a global popular movement to reverse climate change. What if we were able to produce a film that launches a global cities for all movement?

  • Annual Investor Circle Retreat
Held at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center located in bucolic Cazadero, CA (Sonoma County). We will be setting the future direction of SFUFF and selecting films and film production teams to invest in. The peaceful grounds and luxurious accommodations allows us to leave the city completely, gain perspective and love our city more when we come back.

  • Plus all previous rewards
If you would like to make a one-time donation, please email Fay Darmawi at [email protected] Thank you!
Goals
$110 of $500 per month
If we reach this goal, we can hire a part-time intern to manage membership, social media, film index, donor relations, event coordination, and basic bookkeeping. 
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SF Urban Film Fest: 

Where Urban Planning Empowers & Entertains


Urban planning is the convergence of politics and our physical environment.  It effects everyone, all the time. That's why you need to get involved.

One easy way is to join us at our upcoming house party in late AUGUST and of course at our yearly film festival Nov. 13-19, 2017.  SAVE THE DATES!


Urban planning decisions impact where (or whether) you have a place to sleep at night, the ways you get around town, the food you eat, and the air you breathe. Good urban planning can improve your health and even save your life (think protected bike lanes).

Making cities better is a grueling process.

Although we all want healthier, safer and more affordable cities, making them a reality is a complicated process that often alienates the folks who need support the most.

The SF Urban Film Fest makes urban planning fun!

That’s why I started the SF Urban Film Fest where urban planning is jargon free, entertaining, innovative, impactful, and fun. All events feature some form of storytelling which you will discover is the most efficient and engaging tool human beings have invented (sorry iPhone!).

Join Our Community

Our community includes filmmakers, urban planners, artists, architects, real estate developers, activists, tech professionals, college professors, students, government staffers and citizens like you.

  • Discover how your city works. 
  • Meet people who are making your city a better place to live.
  • Find ways you too can make your city great.
  • Learn to use storytelling to maximize engagement and impact.

Why Patreon?

Patreon helps us expand into the virtual world and grow our festival in the real world.

We are integrating Patreon because it’s a flexible business model that allows us to expand into the virtual world (while at the same time grow the film festival in the real world). One of the coolest features of the SF Urban Film Fest Patreon community will be a monthly live Q&A video chat session called “SFUFF Campfire” where you get exclusive access to guest filmmakers, urban planners, architects and policy wonks doing amazing work in the Bay Area.

It's time to pay our volunteer staff what they're worth.

Both the virtual and real world SF Urban Film Fest platforms are created by passionate urban planning, media and tech professionals who have so far volunteered their time. It’s now time to pay them what they are worth. Your support will also cover accounting and legal expenses, the basics for any small business. On the revenue side, your support will help offset student discounts, fee waivers to filmmakers and foregone ticket revenues at free film screenings.

How It Works

When you sign up, just select how much to pledge per month, and an accompanying reward tier. No matter how small the contribution, it all comes together to create impact.

Push SF Urban Film Fest to the Next Level


Thank you to our founding partners and welcome new SFUFF community members!

The SF Urban Film Fest celebrates its 3rd birthday this November. Many dedicated volunteers and generous partners including SPUR (a 100-year old urban planning think tank in downtown San Francisco), the University of San Francisco (USF), the Exploratorium, and the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) have supported us. In just two years, we have grown from 200 to 600 registrants and we are poised to grow even more. It’s time the SF Urban Film Fest adopt a sustainable business model using Patreon so we can offer top notch programming for years to come. Please join us and thank you for your enthusiasm!

Sincerely,

Fay Darmawi
Founder and Executive Producer


Thank you for contributing to our vision!

Recent posts by SF Urban Film Fest

Tiers
Pledge $3 or more per month
18 patrons

Urban Basics


Create a new community.
You’d like to stay informed and inspired but most important to you is sharing the basics with friends and having fun learning about urban planning.

  • SFUFF Patreon Weekly Feed
Follow Fay Darmawi and her team pitch government officials, comedians, and filmmakers, negotiate with venues, analyze films and decide how to frame issues to maximize audience engagement. You’ll be able to give real time feedback on our progress and in doing so learn the basics of film and urbanism.

  • 2 FREE Guest Passes
Bring friends who are not yet members to a film festival event in November - they will get in free!
Pledge $10 or more per month
8 patrons

Urban Enthusiast


Ask hard questions and share ideas.
Joining at this level means you are ready to dive a little deeper into issues affecting your community. You are ready to ask some hard questions. Or you have generated a few ideas of your own and want to share them with others but not sure where to start, this is the level for you.

  • "SFUFF Campfire"
Each monthly live-chat Q&A session will feature a special guest working on amazing projects and share specialized knowledge in the fields of social impact storytelling, urban design, transportation, environmental sustainability, housing, social justice, art, and civic engagement. Here’s your chance to ask your hard questions, or bounce off your ideas just like you would at a campfire.

  • Plus all previous rewards
Pledge $18 or more per month
3 patrons

Urbanologist


Pass it forward.
Urbanologists are passionate about cities and believe storytelling can help shape visions of our future. You are ready to pass your wisdom to the wider community.

  • Patreon Exclusive Film Screenings at a comfy neighborhood movie theatre (aiming for the Alamo and Roxie)
These screenings are exclusive to SFUFF Patreon members at this level. We will limit each screening to an intimate in size of about 30 people (but a minimum of 12). They will be held in early spring and summer giving you an opportunity to connect during the year in addition to festival time in November.

  • Donate 2 Guest Passes to A Non-Profit Grantee for their Residents to Attend Patreon Exclusive Film Screenings or SFUFF Festival Film Screenings.
In your name (or anonymously), SFUFF will donate 2 guest passes to non-profit affordable housing developers to distribute to their residents. In 2016, the grantee will be the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), a 35-year old non-profit housing developer who house over 3,500 low-income residents in the Tenderloin and SOMA neighborhoods.

  • Plus all previous rewards
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 patron

SFUFF Non-Profit and Small Biz Sponsor


Committed to urbanist values.
SFUFF Sponsors are a special breed of leaders, businesses, and organizations who have committed themselves to creating equitable and dynamic cities of the future. You are ready to co-brand yourself with the SF Urban Film Fest and show the world the impact commitment can make.

  • Your name or logo will be listed as a “Sponsor” on the SFUFF Website and on-screen before and after every film at the film festival.

  • SFUFF will help you create your own film festival and other events that help further your objectives.
You want to create your own film festival but don’t know where to start. We are here to help you select films, develop budgets, connect with local filmmakers and frame issues to maximize engagement. Also, you will get access to the SFUFF Film Index containing over 100 films with short synopsis and organized by subject matter.

  • Plus all previous rewards
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons

SFUFF Investor Circle


Become a creator of urban planning media.
You are ready to invest in the future of SFUFF as both a platform for civic engagement and a creator of media content. The small size of the investor circle will allow us to leverage off each other’s knowledge and passion. The pinnacle of success would be an urban planning equivalent of “An Inconvenient Truth” the film that launched a global popular movement to reverse climate change. What if we were able to produce a film that launches a global cities for all movement?

  • Annual Investor Circle Retreat
Held at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center located in bucolic Cazadero, CA (Sonoma County). We will be setting the future direction of SFUFF and selecting films and film production teams to invest in. The peaceful grounds and luxurious accommodations allows us to leave the city completely, gain perspective and love our city more when we come back.

  • Plus all previous rewards
If you would like to make a one-time donation, please email Fay Darmawi at [email protected] Thank you!