The film festival that provides a manageable amount of the truth.



SF DocFest is an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema. Since 2001, this two week-long event has brought the most weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the big screen.

“Docfest offers a zippy blend of politics, music, social issues and youth-oriented subcultures. The good news is that DocFest promotes documentaries as a vibrant, irreverent form of entertainment to a younger demographic, blasting the notion of educational films to smithereens. There’s no room for anything approximating — watch it, I’m about to blaspheme – the obsessively measured and utterly somnambulant musings of Ken Burns.”  – Michael Fox, KQED




If you look forward to SF DocFest every year, please consider donating to support the festival: SF IndieFest is a 501c3 non profit arts organization.


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DocFest 2015 Award Winners Announced

Posted by sfindie June 30, 2015 225 views

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DOCFEST 2015 AWARD WINNERS! Audience Award for Best Feature: CURIOUS WORLDS: The Art and Imagination of David Beck Audience Award for Best Short: LAST DAY OF FREEDOM Jury Prize for Best Feature: CROCODILE GENNADLY Jury Prize for Best Short: THE MAN BEHIND 55000 DRESSES

2015 SF DocFest press links (so far)

Posted by sfindie June 29, 2015 302 views

“SF DocFest furthers its reputation as a festival of the offbeat, sometimes downright weird and the musically inclined.” – Sura Wood, SF Arts Monthly – “Documentaries that break the mold — from the fun and quirky to the challenging — take over small theaters around San Francisco for a full two weeks.” – KQED Arts […]

DocFest partners with KQED’s Truly CA

Posted by sfindie June 10, 2015 266 views

KQED’s Truly CA is proud to partner with SF DocFest! KQED’s Truly CA, a showcase for documentaries about our Golden State, is proud to partner with SF Docfest to present amazing films at this year’s festival. Want to know more about Truly CA? Watch films from previous seasons on YouTube! The following screenings and events […]

FREE DocFest screening at The Independent Monday night!

Posted by sfindie June 5, 2015 286 views

Equal parts punk and psychedelia, the Flaming Lips emerged from Oklahoma City as one of the most bracing bands of the late 1980’s. The Fearless Freaks documents their rise from Butthole Surfers-imitating noisemakers to grand poobahs of orchestral pop masterpieces. Filmmaker Bradley Beesely had the good fortune of being the neighbor of lead Lip Wayne […]

Opening Night: Colin Hanks presents ALL THINGS MUST PASS at Brava Theater

Posted by sfindie May 29, 2015 354 views

Thursday June 4, 8p (sharp!) DocFest is pleased to be able to be presenting actor Colin Hank’s debut feature documentary about Northern California’s beloved Tower Records called ALL THINGS MUST PASS. The doors open at 7p at until show time we’ll be serving complimentary wine courtesy of DARK HORSE WINES. The film: From its humble beginnings […]

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DocFest 2015 Trailer