The San Francisco Film Society has launched a new $25,000 Golden Gate Award for investigative documentaries to be presented at the Film Society's San Francisco International Film Festival next spring.

Society top brass will also introduce an annual week-long theatrical run of a leading non-fiction film beginning this autumn with Secrecy on October 24. Peter Galison and Rob Moss' films explores government secrecy.

The first Golden Gate Award for Best Investigative Documentary Feature will be presented at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7. The juried award will be announced at the festival's Golden Gate Awards Ceremony on May 6.

'These initiatives help further consolidate the Film Society's place as a leader in the exhibition of meaningful non-fiction films and enable us to bring the finest work on crucial issues from all over the world to Bay Area audiences,' executive director Graham Leggat said.