2018 SF IndieShorts Fest Program Announced!

Posted by sfindie October 29, 2018 1785 views

Announcing the SF Independent Short Film Festival
SF IndieShorts, Nov 9-11, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater in San Francisco


The San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival (SF IndieShorts) launches in San Francisco Nov 9-11, 2018 for the inaugural edition of a new festival by SF IndieFest, the non-profit arts organization that presents the SF Independent Film Festival, the SF Documentary Festival and the Another Hole in the Head Horror/Sci Fi Festival.

SF IndieShorts will screen acclaimed short films from around the world (and around The Bay) at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater in San Francisco. The complete lineup for the festival will be announced Monday, Oct 29th. More information is available at www.sfindie.com or by contacting the festival at 415-662-FEST or info@sfindie.com.

About the Festival

Film fans know that the short films at any festival are the don’t-miss programs of the fest. SF IndieShorts’ themed programs will present a distillation of the very best of thousands of voices, styles, and stories from around the world and around The Bay.

The Festival will feature dozens of new short films, fun parties, a live-in-VR theater showcase, a live music showcase and the inaugural presentation of the new Philo T. Farnsworth Award For Innovative Filmmaking to documentary filmmaker Sam Green.

The Philo T. Farnsworth Award: Sam Green

The San Francisco Independent Shorts Festival is pleased to honor innovative documentary filmmaker Sam Green with the 2018 Philo T. Farnsworth Award. Named for the San Francisco based inventor of television, the award recognizes innovative excellence in filmmaking. Sam Green has made many movies including most recently A Thousand Thoughts, a live cinematic collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Previous “live documentaries” include The Measure of All Things and The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, featuring the indie rock band Yo La Tengo. Sam’s documentary The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award and included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial.

Green will be presented with the award on the opening night of the festival and will be on hand for a screening of his latest Sundance exhibited short Julius Caesar was Buried in a Pet Cemetery along with a program of his earlier short films lot 63, grave c, Utopia, Part 3, Pie Fight ’69 (directed with Christian Bruno), N-Judah 5:30, The Universal Language and The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie (directed with Sarah Jacobson). Running through Green’s films is a celebration of idealism and the search for meaning along with the often humorous realities of human folly.

Festival Program and Events

The Festival will present six programs of short films over the weekend of Nov 9-11 at Alamo Drafthouse.

SF IndieShorts will also present a few unique and fun special events to experience between shorts programs. They include:

BETTER OFF DEAD BINGO – This 80s comedy has John Cusack dealing with the usual teen troubles: dumped by his girlfrield, pursued by the paper boy, challenged by the school jock, working in fast food, falling for the wacky exchange student next door, a set of challenging parents, an overly ambitious younger brother, and thats just the start. Follow along with a Better Off Dead Bingo Card to spot scenes, lines, characters and more, and win some fabulous prizes. The event is 21up and tickets are $10 which includes the bingo card. Takes place Saturday, Nov 10 at 7pm at 518 Valencia St.

Mission BAG (Bad Art Gallery) S06E03 – A whole new collection of dumpster-dived art awaits at the November edition of the MISSION B.A.G. (Bad Art Gallery). Hilarious catalog notes, paintings curated from only the finest flea markets, thrift stores and back alleys. Join the festival for complementary beverages, groovy music and bad art! Free, a 21up event. Takes place Saturday, Nov 10 at 9pm at 518 Valencia St.

Live VR Theater Presentation – Continuing the program created by SF IndieFest in 2016 called The Cyberia Film Festival, SF IndieShorts and LindenLab’s Sansar will present a program of live short film presentations in Sansar’s VR theater, along with live QA in VR with each presenting filmmaker on Sunday Nov 11, 3p-6p. The program is free and available to all via Sansar’s platform.

Festival Sponsors and Supporters
Alamo Drafthouse, Sansar, KALX, KXSF, Hotel Phoenix, SF Station, 48Hills, Tito’s Vodka, Radio Valencia, Broke Ass Stuart, Funcheap, 21st Amendment, Lagunitas and Grants for the Arts.

General Information about SF IndieShorts

Presented by SF IndieFest, the San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival (SF IndieShorts) takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater. The festival runs Nov 9-11, 2018. Regular Alamo Theater program tickets are $12/matinees and $16/evening shows. Better Off Dead Bingo is $10. All other events FREE. The all access FestPass is $65. For more info, contact IndieFest at 415-662-FEST or info@sfindie.com.