The San Francisco Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival– Biennial, since 1999
The San Francisco Sex Workers Festival was established in 1999 to provide a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker film and video makers and to screen works about sex workers and the sex industries from around the world. The Sex Worker Festival provides an opportunity to recognize and honor prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers, who have historically been a dynamic part of arts communities.
To date, the Sex Worker Festivals have screened nearly three hundred works and generated much interest in the media. In addition, the Festival presents performances and events. Performances include spoken word marathons, bus and bicycle tours highlighting San Francisco history, theatrical productions and cabarets featuring Bay Area performers. In 2005 Whore College was launched in conjunction with the Sex Worker Festival among other workshop formats including the Institute of Sex Workology in 2013. Films and videos for the Festival focus on sex workers’ rights; organizing efforts and working conditions for strippers; global sex work and sex work as a labor issue on the international agenda; sex workers as artists; queer sex workers; anti-racism anti-oppression in sex worker communities, sex work and gender identities; sex education, sex art, porn and erotica; portraits of strippers, prostitutes, doms, madams… We encourage diverse participation and diverse perspectives.
This is an incredible event! Check out the SFSWF&AF website for more info.