25th SF IndieFest Award Winners Announced

Posted by sfindie February 13, 2023 1767 views

Announcing the Audience Awards for 

25th SF Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest)


San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest) is pleased to announce the Audience Awards for the 25th anniversary of the festival, which came to an end this Sunday, February 12th. The festival was presented both in-person at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and virtually on-demand this year from February 2-12, 2023.


Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Let’s Meet Halfway

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: Circus of the Scars

Audience Award for Best Narrative Short:  (In)convenience

Audience Award for Best Documentary Short: The Girl That Got Away

Audience Award for Best Animation: Ex Creta

Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature: Broadway

Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature: This is National Wake

Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film: Bellybutton

Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short Film: Jahray Hayes

Special Jury Prize for Excellence in American Profiles: Naked Gardens

Feature Screenplay Award Winner: Electric Homies, Roberto Fatal

Short Screenplay Award Winner: After What Happened in the Library, Kyle Casey Chu & Roisin Isner


This year’s festival includes 62 shorts and 35 features from 14 countries. There were 34 films local to the Bay Area. For the 22 in-person events at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, almost 2,000 in-person tickets were sold across more than 4,000 attendees. The festival also accumulated 2,471 views online (a total of 1 months, 10 days, 19 hours, 20 minutes, and 10 seconds of total time watched), of which, the majority of viewers are from California.


Sideshow marvels from the Opening Night Film, CIRCUS OF THE SCARS, The Enigma and Zamora the Torture King, performed to a full house at the live screening. Musician and vegan activist Moby attended the festival for a special presentation of his feature debut, PUNK ROCK VEGAN MOVIE. 


SF IndieFest next presents the 22nd San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, which will run June 1-11, 2023. The festival will be presented in-person at the Roxie Theater and virtually on-demand. SF IndieFest plans to announce the complete lineup for SF DocFest by mid-May. 


Following that, the annual San Francisco Green Film Festival and San Francisco Short Film Festival will return October 12-22, 2023.


Media assets for this year’s festival films can be found here:


Photo assets for this year’s festival can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1cPjFYYs2zpKQqZAWWhtxsCzhM4QOltLt?usp=share_link 


About SF IndieFest:

In 1998 Jeff Ross realized there was no avenue available for his friend Rand Alexander to show his film, CAGED, even though it had played the prestigious Slamdance Film Festival that same year. Ross took to the streets and put on a four-day event, welcomed by an audience of over 3,000 people. Now, 25 years later, SF IndieFest draws crowds over 10,000, continuing to support and celebrate maverick filmmakers and their work.