Independent San Francisco moviemakers in dire need of a location to develop their newest projects can breathe a sigh of relief. The San Francisco Film Society has announced the creation of the SFFS FilmHouse Residencies, a new program designed to support local independent moviemaking. The SFFS FilmHouse Residencies will provide 2,800 square feet of production office space available free of charge to local independent moviemakers actively engaged in various stages of film production.

Courtesy of the city’s film commission, and with the management and oversight of the film society, these residencies will make use of two floors of office space in the Pier 27 building on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. “FilmHouse has all the makings of a new vibrant and dynamic hub for independent filmmaking in San Francisco,” says Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Residencies will be made available to selected applicants for one- to six-month terms, with a possibility of renewal. A Call for Applicants, with complete information on criteria for selection, guidelines and “FilmHouse Rules,” will be published this month. Applications will be accepted on a bi-monthly basis. Applicants must be Filmmaker Pro members of the San Francisco Film Society to be eligible.