MAY 29-JUNE 13, 2019 at Brava and Roxie Theaters


Because truth is often stranger than fiction.

SF DocFest is an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema. Since 2001, this two week-long event has brought the most weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the big screen.

“Docfest offers a zippy blend of politics, music, social issues and youth-oriented subcultures. The good news is that DocFest promotes documentaries as a vibrant, irreverent form of entertainment to a younger demographic, blasting the notion of educational films to smithereens. There’s no room for anything approximating — watch it, I’m about to blaspheme – the obsessively measured and utterly somnambulant musings of Ken Burns.”  – Michael Fox, KQED

“Since its inception, DocFest (May 31-June 15 at the Roxie and the Vogue, with opening night at Alamo Drafthouse) has compiled a colorful scrapbook of genuine characters in contrast to the current events survey, educational seminar or social-issue forum that defines many documentary series… There are one or two people in Off the Charts you won’t soon forget, which could be said about nearly every film in DocFest. That’s one of the pleasures of scrapbooks.” – also Michael Fox, KQED



DocFest 2019 Staff

Founder/Director: Jeff Ross; Programming: Chris Metzler, Jennifer Junkyard Morris, Meghan Ryan, Fay Dearborn; Operations Manager: Catie Roads; Operations/Production Assistance: Laureen “Lulu” Briggs; Publicity: Larsen & Associates; Box Office: Box Cubed; Graphic Design: Michael Madfes, Subliminal SF



Brava Theater 2781 24th St at York

Roxie Theater 3117 16th at Valencia

518 Gallery 518 Valencia at 16th


Regular tickets $14/advance, $15/door.

Opening Night Film tickets (includes after party) $18/advance, $20/door. (21up)


Opening Night After Party at Make Out Room with 60s 70s Soul-Funk-Disco-Pop-Psych from around the world with DJs Special Lord B., Ben Bracken + Bobby Ganush (21up)

Reception at Dalva after JR “BOB” DOBBS AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS (21up)

Shlock Rock Karaoke at Benders after MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW (21up)

Ska Night double feature PICK IT UP!: SKA IN THE 90s followed by a Roxie Theater video dance party with 1982’s DANCE CRAZE (all ages) Both shows: $20/door (all ages)

Breakfast Club Bingo, includes bingo card, fabulous prizes $10 (21up)

Closing Night double feature: I WANT MY MTV followed by another Roxie Theater video dance party: I Forgot What Eight Was For: The 80s Alt Rock Sing A long Party, Both Shows $20(all ages)

Mission BAG (Bad Art Gallery), free (21up)



The DocPass, good for all screenings and parties at the Film Festival, is $240. Passholders jump to the front of the line at all screenings!

5Film vouchers are $65, 10Film vouchers are $120. These discount vouchers are only available and only redeemable at

Advance tickets are available now at and at 415.552.5580. 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.




If you look forward to SF DocFest every year, please consider donating to support the festival:

SF IndieFest is a 501c3 non profit arts organization.



DocFest 2019 Award Winners

Posted by sfindie June 17, 2019 903 views

Congratulations to the 2019 San Francisco Documentary Festival Award Winners: Audience Award for Best Feature: WE ARE NOT PRINCESSES Audience Award for Best Short: SOAR, TORIAN, SOAR Jury Prize for Best Feature: BELLINGCAT: Truth in a Post-truth World Jury Prize for Best Short: MOMENT TO MOMENT Spirit of Activism Award, Feature: BREAKING THEIR SILENCE: Women […]

18th SF DocFest Press Coverage (so far)

Posted by sfindie June 1, 2019 807 views

Broke-Ass Stuart (Online) Festival Overview Peter Wong Mentioned: Building the American Dream, Factory of Lies, Funke, Barstow CA, Pick It Up!, The Artist and the Pervert, Bending Lines, Bill Traylor, Circles, Dons of Disco, Framing John Delorean, In Bright Axiom, I Want My MTV, JR “Bob” Dobbs, Pariah Dog, Recorder, Red Dog, Spider Mites […]

More filmmakers to meet week two of DocFest

Posted by sfindie May 29, 2019 503 views

Filmmakers in attendance week one of SF DocFest

Posted by sfindie May 11, 2019 477 views

Powerful Social Justice Films at DocFest

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