Venue for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival is the magnificent Castro theatre, built in 1922 and now holding 1,407 seats. Photo: Tommy Lau, courtesy of San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The Swedish Film Institute recipient of the 2018 San Francisco Silent Film Festival Award

The award has been given to the Swedish Film Institute for having "long been a leader in the preservation and restoration of classic cinema and has made Swedish film heritage accessible to the world".

Among previous winners of the award –given to an institution or an individual committed to the preservation and exhibition of silent films– are Cinémathèque française, British Film Institute, Library of Congress and Kevin Brownlow.

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has become one the major festivals dedicated to silent films, and the Swedish Film Institute has enjoyed a longstanding collaboration with the festival by presenting restored versions of Swedish silent films at the festival over the years.

The 2018 Award will be presented to the Swedish Film Institute during the 2018 festival, which takes place May 30th-June 3rd, when a new 35mm print of the restored version of Gösta Berlings saga (Stiller, 1924) will be screened, accompanied by the Matti Bye ensemble.

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