Bay Area Cultural Events

SF Independent Film Festival, February 2-16. 2017

SF Indiefest is a year-round, non-profit organization that has been operating since 1998. We present three annual festivals: the SF Independent Film Festival (SF Indie for short), the SF Documentary Festival (DocFest for short) and Another Hole in the Head, our genre film festival. In 2012 we also premiered the Northern California Action Sports Film Festival and the US edition of the touring shnit International Short Film Festival.

In addition to the film programs, IndieFest is known for throwing some great parties, including the annual Roller Disco Costume Party, the annual Big Lebowski Party and many live music events. Recently IndieFest produced a play in conjunction with the Primitive Screwheads theater company called Much Ado About Lebowski, launched a Bad Art Gallery (and Bad Movie Playhouse) and is planning more theater, music, art and film events right this very moment!

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. A decade later, the SF Independent Film Festival draws crowds of over 11,000 and continues to support and celebrate maverick filmmakers and their work.

Last year over 21,000 film and event goers attended SF Indiefest events. We are a 501c3 non-profit with support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, the San Francisco Art Commission, and many local newspapers, radio stations, websites, breweries, hotels, venues, businesses, and arts lovers like you!