Choose Between Two Options
- $12 for two tickets to a film screening (a $24 value)
- $55 for one festival pass (a $150 value)
The festival pass grants priority access to screenings of 25 feature-length films, 20 shorts, and all talks, as well as access to the media expo and free tastings at the wine bar. See the pass description.
The festival runs from September 27 to September 30, with highlights such as director Rian Johnson’s new release Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The thriller chronicles a world where time travel is illegal but available on the black market. Also to be screened is Paperman from director John Kars, which tells a love story through a new animation style that blends hand-drawn animation with computer-generated graphics. See the full list of films and the festival schedule.
Palo Alto International Film Festival
Though the Lumière brothers and Thomas Edison are often credited with groundbreaking discoveries that paved the way for modern cinema, history sometimes leaves out a key player: photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Commissioned to find out whether horses lifted all four legs off the ground while galloping, Muybridge invented a device called the zoopraxiscope to display his photographed findings. His first zoopraxiscope screening was held in Palo Alto in 1879, making the city the birthplace of film.
To honor Muybridge’s work, as well as the technological innovations bubbling throughout Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto International Film Festival was born in 2011. It focuses not only on new technology, but on breakthroughs in artistic expression, screening a collection of films from around the world. They range from major Hollywood releases, such as 2012’s Looper, to independent works, such as George Lucas’s home videos of himself practicing light-saber moves in his garage. Outside the theater, visitors can mingle at an array of talks, film workshops, and parties.