Friends of the San Francisco Film Commission presented the first annual Robin Williams Award for Excellence in Entertainment to San Francisco writer-director-producer Chris Columbus on Feb. 9. Columbus and Williams worked together on multiple films, including locally filmed hits “Bicentennial Man” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Presentation of the award included honoring the career of Columbus as well as showcasing iconic film industry talent in San Francisco.
The award presentation was held at a tribute gala inside the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel, which featured a montage of Columbus’ films, as well as a tribute to late San Francisco icon Robin Williams. Comedian Will Durst provided entertainment and attendees were shown a reel of other acclaimed films shot in San Francisco during the dinner.
Those in attendance representing SAG-AFTRA included several Local Board officers and members as well as staff and others. Notable attendees also included former and current mayors of San Francisco Willie Brown Jr. and Edwin Lee. The event was well received and highlighted San Francisco’s great history of locally shot films and historic locations.
San Francisco Local board officers, members and staff attend the Chris Columbus Tribute Dinner.