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A San Francisco nonprofit founded 60 years ago to save the then-endangered cable cars is asking people to answer the question “Why is San Francisco beautiful?” in the form of a video competition.

Participants are asked to post their entries online; the winners will be unveiled at San Francisco Beautiful’s 60th Anniversary Awards Dinner on Oct. 18 under the dome of San Francisco’s City Hall.

Submitted videos must be no more than one minute long and include the phrase “Why is San Francisco beautiful?” in their descriptive paragraph.

Three winning videos will be selected in these categories: Best Off the Beaten Track, Best New San Francisco Beautiful Icon and Citizens Working to Make San Francisco Beautiful.

To enter, post your videos online to the video hosting site of your choice (e.g. YouTube, Google Video, Blink, etc.) and e-mail the video link to video@sfbeautiful.org by Aug. 24.

SAY IT WITH POSTERS

The ninth anniversary Vintage European Posters Show and Sale opens Friday, featuring more than 1,000 original posters created between 1880 and 1960. Subjects range from animals to entertainment to travel. The show continues through Sunday at Firehouse, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Tickets are free.

For more information, call (510) 530-3353 or visit www.vepca.com.

FREE INDIE FILMS

IFC and Comcast host the IFC Free Film Fest — a multimedia independent film tour in Union Square this week. The tour is screening uncut indie films in a high-tech outdoor complex. Pre-show festivities begin at 6 p.m. followed by screenings. “Raising Arizona” starts at sunset tonight; Wednesday, “The Princess Bride” is on the bill; Thursday, it’s “Napoleon Dynamite.”

For more information, visit www.ifc.com/static/sections/freefilmfest/.

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