Hybrid San Francisco PornFilmFestival returns in August 2023


The San Francisco PornFilmFestival is set to take place on August 18-19, 2023, at the city’s Brava Theater and streamed online via the porn streaming site PinkLabel.TV.

The influential porn industry event, largely inspired by the longer-running Berlin PornFilmFestival, is set to showcase around 80 films. The first San Francisco PornFilmFestival took place in 2020 as a purely online event due to pandemic restrictions and has since been a hybrid online/in-person festival.

The final film selection for the 2023 event is yet to be determined, but a look at PinkLabel.TV’s [NSFW] ‘Best of San Francisco PornFilmFestival’ section gives an idea of what to expect. Recurring themes are LGBTQ+ and inclusivity, with many films featuring models beyond the usual ‘skinny/ripped models’ demographic.


The San Francisco PornFilmFestival festival, which has been sponsored by SEXTECHGUIDE for the last two years, will be presented by Shine Louise Houston, founder of the LGBTQ+ film studio Pink and White Productions. This year’s event has not been sponsored by SEXTECHGUIDE.

Films screened at the 2022 festival included LA Plays Itself, the 1972 gay porn film by Fred Halsted, and Hey Sailor, Hey Sister: a 1996 erotic lesbian film starring Miranda Vail and Troy C Hart.

san francisco porn film festival
San Francisco PornFilmFestival (SFPFF)
Friday 18 August, 2023 – Saturday 19 August, 2023
Brava Center for Women in the Arts2781 24th St, San Franscico, 94110, California, United States
A hybrid online/offline event taking place in San Francisco in August 2023, with ticket prices yet to be confirmed.

The organizers said: “In 1970, San Francisco broke ground as the first city in the United States to host a public screening of hardcore sex, with the International Erotic Film Festival at the Presidio Theatre. Sexual rights and free speech are as important now as they were half a century ago. The festival’s debut honors our city’s sexual rights movements and cinematic history.”

Ticket details for 2023 are yet to be announced, but with film selections expected to be confirmed in June, they should be released soon.

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Jamie F

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