The 20th San Francisco Independent Film Festival
 will be Feb 1-15, 2018. 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 participants have included Gregg Araki, Abel Ferrara, Larry Kent, David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, 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, Edward Furlong, Rachael Bella, Glenn Shadix, Nathan Silver, Joe Swanburg, Bill Plympton, Ben Wheatley, Jeremy Saulnier, Bob Byington, Alex Cox, Gaspar Noe, Todd Verow, Don Hertzfeldt and many more Check out the lineups of past festivals in our Archives and some of the PRESS from past festivals.



2018 Venues

Roxie Theater 3117 16>th at Valencia

Victoria Theater 2961 16<th at Mission

518 Val Pop Up Theater 518 Valencia at 16th


Regular tickets $13/advance, $14/door.

Retrospective Series tickets $10

Opening Night Film tickets (includes Stuck and the hosted screening/dance party Girl Walk//All Day) $22/advance, $25/door. (21up)


15th Annual Big Lebowski Party with live onstage shadow cast by Bawdy Caste $18/advance, $20/door (21up)

8th Annual Super Bowl: Men in Tights Comedy Show $13/advance, $14/door.

AKIRA featuring live soundtrack performed by The Firmament, $18/advance, $20/door

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Bingo, includes bingo card, chance to win prizes $10

9th Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Power Ballad Sing Along, $13/advance, $14/door.

The Screenplay Live Read/Panel/Reception, Fest Makers Panel and Mission BAG (Bad Art Gallery) are free. (Mission BAG is 21up)


The AllFestPass, good for all screenings and parties at the Film Festival, is $250. The RoxiePass, good for all screenings at the Roxie, is $200. The RetroPass, good for all retrospective series screenings, is $100. Passholders jump to the front of the line at all screenings! 5Film vouchers are $60, 10Film vouchers are $110. These discount vouchers are only available and only redeemable at Vouchers are redeemable for all events except Opening Night and The Big Lebowski Party.

Advance tickets are available now at and at the Roxie box office during show hours. 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: Chris Metzler, Jennifer Junkyard Morris, Bears Fonte, Fay Dearborn, Jeff Ross; Operations Manager: Catie Roads; Social Media Marketing Manager: Maya Wise: Hospitality Coordinator/Production Assistance: Laureen “Lulu” Briggs; Production Assistance: Nina Ramos, Robert Meyer; Publicity: Larsen & Associates; Graphic Design: Meghan Ryan

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