With a history ranging from Alfred Hitchcock classics to the latest Planet of the Apes blockbusters, San Francisco boasts an impressive cinematic tradition all its own. The city is also home to the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running event of its kind in the Americas. Attend the 15 days of screenings and special events and you will spend time with more than 300 film industry notables from more than 20 countries. In addition to films, there are live musical performances, plus a chance to hear film makers in candid discussions about their work and current cinema trends. And yes, you will almost certainly spot stars, too: Recent attendees have included Harrison Ford, Jeremy Irons, and Ryan Gosling.