The 21st San Francisco Independent Film Festival will be Jan 30-Feb 14, 2019. This annual festival showcases the best in independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from around the globe.


“A glorious celebration of gutsy independent cinema.” – Fandor

“SF IndieFest, as the San Francisco Independent Film Festival has been affectionately known from the day Jeff Ross conceived it 20 years ago, is a million miles from Hollywood. It’s even further removed, if that’s possible, from an American independent cinema that long ago evolved from a bunch of pissed-off outsiders into a sedate, Sundance-sanctioned niche where respected character actors play the leads in small-scale adult dramas. (These worlds intersect at the Academy Awards, where a couple indies every year are embraced as underdog mascots. It’s become so routine that nobody even sees it anymore as proof of Hollywood’s abandonment of movies for adults.)” – Michael Fox, KQED Arts

“IndieFest is a wild movie ride, with no seat belts or dashboard padding.” David Lamble, Bay Area Reporter

“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

21st SF IndieFest Passes Available Now!

Posted by sfindie December 3, 2018 40 views

IndieFest T-Shirts On Sale

Posted by sfindie November 13, 2018 20 views

Just in time to ship for Christmas! Limited supply, get ’em while they last! You can also get a Fest Pass for that film lover on your list as well. PLUS Free IndieFest stickers included with every order. What a deal!                    

Congratulations to the 2018 IndieFest Award Winners

Posted by sfindie February 19, 2018 431 views

Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative: GUITAR MAN Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary: DO U WANT IT? Audience Award for Best Short Narrative: THE SIGN Audience Award for Best Short Documentary: THE TREE PROPHET Audience Award for Best Animations: CITIPATI Jury Prize for Best Feature Narrative: THE MIDNIGHTERS Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary: […]

Celebrating 20 Years of Independent Cinema in San Francisco

Posted by sfindie January 13, 2018 535 views

Welcome! Twenty years ago I realized there wasn’t a venue in San Francisco for new independent films by young, adventurous film makers and launched SF IndieFest to showcase a few of them. Much to everyone’s surprise, 3000 people came out to the Roxie and Victoria Theaters to see about a dozen feature films with no […]

IndieFest 2018 Press Coverage

Posted by sfindie January 12, 2018 647 views

RUMINATIONS feature Paul Liberatore Marin Independent Journal (Print Daily) Mercury News (Print Daily)   GINGER NATION review George Heymont Huffington Post (Online)  My Cultural Landscape (Online)   Mehr News Agency (Online) KUPAL feature Staff   Bay Flicks (Online) Reviews of STUCK, HER MAGNUM OPUS, KUPAL, MISOGYNISTS Lincoln Spector   […]

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