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 2020 Staff

Founder/Director: Jeff Ross; Programming: Chris Metzler, Jennifer Morris, Fay Dearborn;  Publicity: Larsen & Associates; Graphic Design: Meghan Ryan


If you look forward to SF DocFest every year, please consider donating to support the festival: sfindie.com/donate.

SF IndieFest is a 501c3 non profit arts organization.



20th SF Documentary Festival Announced

Posted by sfindie May 17, 2021 14 views

The 20th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest) will be held June 3 – 20, 2021. SF DocFest will screen 40 features and 38 shorts across 6 different short programs. All films will be available to view on demand anytime during the festival, and 36 of the films will also be shown at the […]

19th SF Documentary Festival Wrapped

Posted by sfindie September 20, 2020 2504 views

2020 San Francisco Documentary Award Winners 2020 DocFest Vanguard Award: SARA ARCHAMBAULT Audience Award for Best Feature: BLEEDING AUDIO Audience Award for Best Short: BENEATH THE INK Jury Prize for Best Feature: THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER Jury Prize for Best Short: CASTELLS   SF DocFest presented a virtual festival that took place Sept 3-20. The full […]

SF DocFest 2020 Press Coverage

Posted by sfindie August 14, 2020 634 views

“Screen Grabs: Docfest explodes online with pop-punk, word nerds, Pac-Man, more” by Dennis Harvey https://48hills.org/2020/08/screen-grabs-docfest-explodes-online-with-pop-punk-word-nerds-pac-man-more/ – “What’s up, docs? Plenty at the SF DocFest” by Randy Myers https://localnewsmatters.org/2020/08/31/whats-up-docs-plenty-at-the-sf-docfest/ – “SF DOCFEST 2020 PREVIEW” by Peter Wong https://brokeassstuart.com/2020/08/31/sf-docfest-2020-preview/ – “24 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.31.20)” https://www.7×7.com/24-fun-things-bay-area-8-31-20-2647069288.html – “Non-fiction at home as DocFest goes virtual” […]

SF DocFest Non-Fiction Vanguard Award: Sara Archambault

Posted by sfindie August 13, 2020 1173 views

SF DocFest Non-Fiction Vanguard Award As both a producer and curator Sara Archambault has been a steadfast champion of the documentary renaissance that has taken place in the 21st century.  While she isn’t a household name (not yet), SF DocFest prides itself on recognizing those unconventional, creative risk-takers that are redefining the nonfiction cinematic form and […]

Live and Special Events at SF DocFest

Posted by sfindie August 1, 2020 805 views

The 2020 SF DocFest has gone virtual, which means that this year you get to enjoy some great new documentaries from the comfort of your home. But we want to make sure the festival is still FESTIVE so we have planned nightly live Q&As with filmmakers, game shows featuring festival filmmakers and a virtual gallery […]

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