At the Fist Up Film Festival...
We believe watching a good film can change your life…
We believe some films are made to be discussed…

The Fist Up Film Festival presents films that are intended to create impact, inspire discussion and foster understanding. By placing emphasis on the connected experiences between global and local communities, The Fist Up Film Festival creates visual parallels between people’s lived experiences and stories from around the world.

Films are shown in October at different venues throughout the Bay Area, California. We believe that Social Justice films don't have to make the audience feel horrible about the state of the world. We focus on uplifting stories that show our power!

The only competition is to see who can inspire the most people.

For our 15th Annual Fist Up Film Festival
We will only be excepting films by invitation.

Overall Rating
  • We LOVE the Fist Up Film Festival and were so honored to be included this year. Beautiful community-building events! Thank you!

    October 2023
  • Yvan Iturriaga

    Love this festival and the folks organizing it. True community building and great mission.

    November 2022
  • Yemaya Film

    We had such a great experience with this festival! Beautiful community in the Bay area!

    October 2022
  • Participating in this festival has been one of the best experiences, Thank you to the entire Fist Up Film Festival team, for the opportunity to connect with reaching more people.

    Excellent Host!

    June 2020
  • Excellent organization and communication, I recommend

    June 2020