Silent films were darlings of many people in the 1990s. Although the trend has changed today with advancement in this industry, silent films still feature in today’s world. Several organizations came up in attempts to validate, support and improve silent films. Today the likes of Mr. Bean have added to shreds of modernity in this genre of films. At the end of the 19th century, prominent figures in this field convened a festival in their quest to tap new talent, showcase the existing and develop silent film. This festival was a success and it currently held every year. It is called the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
Held for the first time in 1996 in San Francisco, California in U.S.A, this festival remains the biggest thing in the silent films on this side of the world. The Castro Theater is the designated venue for this auspicious festival held every July.
As I mentioned, the festival is meant to validate the silent film industry. This has been particularly so in the last ten consecutive festivals. For this reason, the festival has a program called Film preservation. At the opening of each festival, some selected silent films are shown. This part has come to be dubbed “Amazing Tales from the Archives.”
Music is an integral part of this festival. Although we would wish that famous actors of silent film like Charlie Chaplin would have had a chance to be at the festivals and to be recognized, others of our generation have had a chance. Some of these being Diana Serra Cary and Sydney Chaplin.
Although awards are not presented at these festivals, annual film preservation fellowship is awarded to students in this genre.
Ever year, a lead director of silent film is present as a guest and new directors are welcome to the industry.