The 19th San Francisco Independent Film Festival
 will be Feb 2-16, 2017. This annual festival showcases the best in independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from around the globe.


“One of the city’s biggest film festivals” – SF Station

 “Sundance may have sold out, but SF IndieFest keeps it real” – Annie Lo, Flavorpill

“While the Bay Area is flush with festivals, this one remains an under-the-radar standout.” – Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

“The San Francisco Independent Film Festival, the Bay Area’s version of Slamdance, provides a showcase for edgy cinematic work — and a great excuse to do some serious partying.” – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

“I’m certainly happy that IndieFest exists, because it is a celebration of films that don’t necessarily get distributed widely,” HITS director David Cross says, “I’m happy to be a part of it with my film, which is very much in the category of a low-budget, little indie movie. I’m glad there’s a place for it.” – SF Chronicle

“SF IndieFest’s main agenda from February 11 to 25 will be promoting intriguing films which can’t be easily categorized.  Such Mission District venues as the venerable Roxie Theater and the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will act as magnets for adventurous cinephiles.” – Peter Wong, Beyond Chron

“For many independent filmmakers, festivals such as SF Indiefest—aka the San Francisco Independent Film Festival–are the only way to bring their works before an audience. For filmgoers, SF Indiefest is the place to see original cinematic works created by directors who want to tell edgy stories which come from their hearts and souls. While some have bemoaned the death of cinema, the curators and filmmakers at SF Indiefest are keeping the craft of film alive.” – DAVID-ELIJAH NAHMOD, SF SOUNDS

Past guests have included Gregg Araki, Abel Ferrara, Larry Kent, Robert Romanus, Chris Gore, Don Argott, Don Coscarelli, Bruce Campbell, Penelope Spheeris, Jon Cryer, David Cross, Jennifer Beals, Ryuhei Matsuda, James Duvall, Toyoda Toshiaki, Uwe Boll, Bill Plympton, Christopher Coppola, Glenn Shadix and many more. Check out the lineups of past festivals in our Archives and some of the PRESS from past festivals.




2017 Venues

518 Gallery 518 Valencia at 16th

Alamo Drafthouse 2550 Mission St at 21st

Brava Theater 2781 24th at York

Roxie Theater 3117 16th at Valencia


Regular tickets $12/advance, $14/door.

Opening Night Film tickets (includes hosted after party) $20/advance, $25/door.


7th Annual Super Bowl: Men in Tights $12/advance, $15/door

14th Annual Big Lebowski Party with live onstage shadow cast by BAWDY CASTE $15/advance, $20/door

Princess Bride Bingo, includes bingo card, chance to win prizes and an open bar $15/advance, $20/door

8th Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Power Ballad Sing Along, $15

Mad Max: Silent Fury featuring live soundrack performed by The Firmament, $15

The Lise Swenson Reception and Mission BAG (Bad Art Gallery) are free and open to everyone. All parties are all ages.


The IndiePass, good for all screenings and parties at the Film 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 Vouchers are redeemable for all events except Opening Night, The Big Lebowski, and Princess Bride Bingo.

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 please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time to assure seating.



Founder/Director: Jeff Ross; Programming: Bears Fonte, Jon Gann, Chris Metzler, Joshua Moore, Jennifer Junkyard Morris, Jeff Ross; Volunteer Coordinator/Roxie House Manager: Catie Roads; Hospitality Coordinator: Laureen “Lulu” Briggs; Brava/Alamo House Manager: Colin Johnson; Development: Nadja Mark; Production Assistance: Nina Ramos, George Kaskanlian, Robert Meyer; Publicity: Larsen & Associates; Graphic Design: Fabian Falconett and Melissa Martin


Congratulations to IndieFest Award Winners

Posted by sfindie February 20, 2017 384 views

Congratulations to the award winners at the 19th San Francisco Independent Film Festival! Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: THE OTHER KIDS Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: A REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS Audience Award for Best Narrative Short: SHY GUYS Audience Award for Best Documentary Short: BEING SEEN Audience Award for Best Animated Short: […]

2017 SF IndieFest press (so far)

Posted by sfindie January 31, 2017 477 views

Jason Watches (all the) Movies – Vice Magazine Desire Will Set You Free – The Culture Trip  Mention in February Events Courtney Holcomb – In Menlo Preview of SUPERPOWERLESS Linda Hubbard Gulker – KPFA Frame to Frame – January 25, 2017 – SF Weekly (Print Weekly) Mention in Winter Film Preview […]

2017 SF Independent Film Festival Announced!

Posted by sfindie January 19, 2017 458 views

GO TO THE PROGRAM HERE The 19th SF Independent Film Festival February 2-16, 2017 Roxie Theater, Brava Theater and Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco SF IndieFest announced today the complete lineup for the 19th edition of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, which will take place February 2nd to February 16th, 2017 in San Francisco. […]

Parties? Yes, we have some parties.

Posted by sfindie January 11, 2017 404 views

Wanna volunteer and watch free movies, go to fun parties?

Posted by sfindie January 4, 2017 391 views

Of course you do. Interested in watching inspiring independent cinema and meeting a community of like-minded individuals that feel the same way? Want to work some of the most uniquely themed and memorable parties San Francisco has to offer? Then you should volunteer for Indiefest! If your’re interested, please contact Catie our volunteer manager. Do […]

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