The 15th Another Hole in the Head Film Festival takes place Nov 28-Dec 10, 2018 in San Francisco.

Submission info: 

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The 2017 schedule can be found HERE.

Our annual festival of horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy and exploitation cinema defies convention to bring you the most outrageous genre films from both emerging and established filmmakers. 15 days of celluloid mayhem not found in your local cineplex!

San Francisco’s original genre film festival is characterized by a scrappy, DIY aesthetic that eschews big studio content and recent trends towards elevated genre. Holehead’s programming remains curatorially committed to the genre’s graphic roots in shockploitation, visceral thrills and gleeful mayhem.” – Michael Guillen, The Evening Class


2017 marks our 14th year running as one of the top genre film festivals in the world and it’s amazing how far we’ve come and grown. Our annual festival of phenomenal cinema defies convention and presents films from both emerging and established filmmakers from all over the globe.


Another Hole in the Head gets great press coverage and film reviews. Many films that screen at the film festival sparks the attention from other film festivals and film brokers/buyers. San Francisco is the second largest film market in the country and a great promotional platform for indie filmmakers who are trying to get their film out into the world. The films and festival get reviews for some on the top players in the industry like Variety, SF Chronicle, Bloody Disgusting, Way Too Indie, Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, and Twitch just to name a few.


In 2016 the festival screened 84 shorts and 26 features and was attended by over 3500 film goers which was a 20% increase in attendance over the year before! San Francisco is a very receptive town for film and our fest has built a passionate following over the past 13 years.


The Festival will take place at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. New People is a 143 seat (literally) underground cinema located below street level. Equipped with a HD digital projection, 35mm film projection and THX®-certified sound system, NEW PEOPLE Cinema is home to local film festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival, CAAMFest, Green Film Festival, and the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco.


17 Audience Awards
Best Film Overall ($600 cash prize and 3 night AirBnB stay in the heart of SF mission dist & Trophy)
Best Local Feature (Trophy)
Best USA Feature  (Trophy)
Best Foreign Feature (Trophy)
Best Student Film ($200 cash prize)
Best Animated Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Local Short
Best USA Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Art/Experimental Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Horror Film
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Thriller/Suspense Film
Staff Pick Feature Film
Staff Pick Short Film