SF Indie Fest Roxie Theatre MarqueeSF IndieFest is a year-round, non-profit organization that has been operating since 1998. We currently present six annual festivals: the SF Independent Film Festival (SF Indie for short), the SF Documentary Festival (DocFest for short), the SF Independent Short Film Festival (IndieShorts), Another Hole in the Head, our genre film festival and the new Green Film Festival (environmental films) and Decibels Film Festival (music-on-film).

In the past we’ve also presented the Northern California Action Sports Film Festival, the US edition of the touring shnit International Short Film Festival and numerous music festivals and one off parties and events. Info on many of these can be found in our Archives.

In addition to the film programs, IndieFest is known for throwing some great parties such as our annual Big Lebowski Party, an Anti-Valentine’s Day Power Ballad Sing A Long Party, Super Bowl live sketch comedy show and many live music events. Recently IndieFest produced a play in conjunction with the Primitive Screwheads theater company called Much Ado About Lebowski. 

For nine years, IndieFest has presented a series of art gallery events (and published a book) of Bad Art (plus comic art review). There is a catalog of some of this fine work HERE.

In 2016 SF IndieFest became the fiscal sponsor of the (at the time) 10 year old internet community radio station Radio Valencia which now has a radio studio on 22nd St in San Francisco.

A very brief history of IndieFest, in case you are wondering.

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. Jeff took to the streets and put on a four-day event financed, like many of the films presented, with his personal credit cards. The event was welcomed with an audience of over 3,000 people. The following year Indiefest grew to a nine-day event with over 4,200 in attendance. Two decades later, February’s SF Independent Film Festival draws crowds of over 11,000 and continues to support and celebrate maverick filmmakers and their work.

In 2019 over 20,000 film and event goers attended SF IndieFest events. We are a 501c3 non-profit with support from the California Arts Council, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Art Commission, and many local newspapers, radio stations, websites, breweries, hotels, venues, businesses, and arts lovers like you!



Jeff Ross, Founder/Director

Chris Metzler, Director of Programming

Catie Roads-Redhouse, Operations Manager

Jess Waters, Screenplay Competition Manager

Karen Larsen and Associates, Publicity

Michael Madfes, Graphic Design

George Kaskanlian, Another Hole in the Head Director

Romany Adams, Another Hole in the Head Producer

Sarah Flores, 2022 IndieFest Shorts Programmer

Kayla Myers, 2022 DocFest Features Programmer

Gigi Haycock, 2022 DocFest Features Programmer

Jason Wolos, 2022 IndieShorts Festival Programmer


SF IndieFest takes place in Yelamu, also known as San Francisco, on the unceded territories of the Ramaytush Ohlone people.