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



14th Annual San Francisco Documentary Festival: June 4-18, 2015 at Roxie, Brava, Balboa and Vogue Theaters


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.



Brava Theater 2781 24th at York

Roxie Theater 3117 16th at Valencia

Vogue Theater 3290 Sacramento at Presido

Balboa Theater 3630 Balboa at 38th Ave

The Independent 628 Divisadero St at Hayes

Chambers 601 Eddy at Larkin

Thee Parkside 1600 17th at Carolina

Opening Night Film film+party tickets $22/advance, $25/at the door. All other tickets $12/advance, $13/at the door.

The DocPass, good for all screenings and parties at the Film Festival, is $170. The same all-access pass is only $25 for those under 21. The VoguePass is $100. Passholders jump to the front of the line at all screenings!

5Film vouchers are $55. Discount vouchers are only available and only redeemable at Vouchers are redeemable for all events except Opening Night. You can use the vouchers for one ticket to five different shows or take a group to one show, your choice.

Advance tickets are available now at 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 you must arrive at least 15 minutes before show time to assure seating.

Founder/Director Jeff Ross; Programming Jennifer Junkyard Morris, Chris Metzler, Mike Keegan, Jeff Ross; Volunteer Coordinator/Roxie/Brava House Manager Catie Roads; Vogue House Manager Meredith Scheff; Development Nadja Mark; Production Assistance Nina Ramos; Box Office Box Cubed; Publicity Larsen & Associates; Graphic Design studio1500



DocFest 2015 Award Winners Announced

Posted by sfindie June 30, 2015 122 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 223 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 160 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 211 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 249 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