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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: sfindie.com/donate. SF IndieFest is a 501c3 non profit arts organization.

2016 Venues

Great Star Theater 636 Jackson St at Kearny

Roxie Theater 3117 16th at Valencia

Vogue Theater 3290 Sacramento St at Presidio


Regular tickets $12/advance, $13/door.

Special Events

IT AIN’T PRETTY Opening Night Film+Party $22/advance, $25/door

ROCKY HORROR SAVED MY LIFE with video sing a long after party hosted by The Bawdy Caste $13/advance, $15 at the door

BETWEEN THE BEATS screening with DJ dance party to follow $13/advance, $15 at the door

PRINCE Celebration/Music Video Sing Along $13/advance, $15 at the door

Movie Roast of THE PRINCIPLE is $12/advance, $13/door

The Bad Art Gallery/Sean Dunne open bar reception at 518 Valencia on June 3 is free.

All events are all ages.



The DocPass, good for all screenings and events at the Festival, is $200. Passholders jump to the front of the line at all screenings! 5Film vouchers are $55, 10Film vouchers are $105. These discount vouchers are only available and only redeemable at sfindie.com. Vouchers are redeemable for all events except Opening Night.

Advance tickets are available now at sfindie.com and 415-552-5580. Same-day tickets are only available at the venue. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. For all screenings please 48 Hills vector Logoarrive at least 15 minutes before showtime to assure seating.

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Founder/Director: Jeff Ross; Programming: Jennifer Junkyard Morris, Chris Metzler, Jeff Ross; Volunteer Coordinator/Roxie
House Manager: Catie Roads; Great Star/Vogue House Manager: Tex Starr; Development: Nadja Mark; Production Assistance: Nina Ramos, Robert Meyer; Box Office: Box C
ubed; Publicity: Larsen & Associates; Graphic Design: Fabian Falconett and Melissa Martin


Congratulations to the 2016 DocFest Award Winners!

Posted by sfindie June 10, 2016 500 views

Audience Award for Best Feature: ORANGE SUNSHINE Audience Award for Best Short: PHIL’S CAMINO Jury Prize for Best Film: ART OF THE PRANK

DocFest 2016 Press Links (so far)

Posted by sfindie May 27, 2016 557 views

San Francisco Chronicle Overview David Lewis http://www.sfchronicle.com/movies/article/SF-DocFest-offers-eclectic-lineup-of-documentary-7944859.php?t=9ed4c7491b331b8bde&cmpid=twitter-premium – J Weekly THE PROMISED BAND Staff http://www.jweekly.com/article/category/13/calendar/#film-video – Hoodline EAST LA INTERCHANGE  Staff http://hoodline.com/events/east-la-interchange-at-sf-docfest-1464281264 – OFF THE RAILS Examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/article/q-a-with-off-the-rails-director-adam-irving?CID=examiner_alerts_article – OFF THE RAILS Trains Magazine: http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2016/05/25-darius-mccollum – Bay Area Reporter  Mention in Jennifer Morris Roxie hire feature Sari Staver http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=71562 – My Cultural Landscape MILLION DOLLAR […]

15th SF Documentary Festival Annouced!

Posted by sfindie May 11, 2016 565 views

SF DocFest, June 2-16, 2016 Roxie Theatre, Vogue Theater and Great Star Theater in San Francisco TICKETS AND FILM INFO HERE Now entering its 15th year, SF IndieFest is pleased to announce the return of the 15th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest). SF DocFest will screen in San Francisco June 2-16 at the […]

15th SF Documentary Festival June 2-16

Posted by sfindie April 5, 2016 655 views

  Announcing the 15th SF Documentary Film Festival SF DocFest, June 2-16, 2016 Roxie Theatre, Vogue Theater and Great Star Theater in San Francisco Returning for its 15th year, SF IndieFest is pleased to announce the dates for the 15th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest). SF DocFest will return to San Francisco June […]

DocFest 2015 Award Winners Announced

Posted by sfindie June 30, 2015 1038 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

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