We are looking for the best features, shorts, docs and animation we can find to present in San Francisco. For 21 years SF IndieFest has developed a great reputation for filling theaters, getting press and throwing great parties. Films at our fest regularly get great press reviews, picked up at other fests and find rabid groupies following the makers around town demanded autographs and buying them drinks.

“I’m certainly happy that IndieFest exists, because it is a celebration of films that don’t necessarily get distributed widely,” HITS director David Cross says, “I’m happy to be a part of it with my film, which is very much in the category of a low-budget, little indie movie. I’m glad there’s a place for it.” – SF Chronicle

“Sundance may have sold out, but SF IndieFest keeps it real” – Annie Lo, Flavorpill

“While the Bay Area is flush with festivals, this one remains an under-the-radar standout.” – Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

“The San Francisco Independent Film Festival, the Bay Area’s version of Slamdance, provides a showcase for edgy cinematic work — and a great excuse to do some serious partying.” – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

“For many independent filmmakers, festivals such as SF Indiefest—aka the San Francisco Independent Film Festival–are the only way to bring their works before an audience. For filmgoers, SF Indiefest is the place to see original cinematic works created by directors who want to tell edgy stories which come from their hearts and souls. While some have bemoaned the death of cinema, the curators and filmmakers at SF Indiefest are keeping the craft of film alive.” – David Elijah Nahmod, SF SOUNDS

“SF IndieFest is the one festival of the year where you should throw a dart at the program and take a chance. Not because you’re guaranteed a masterpiece, but because it’s the best fest to see something that would never, ever breach your filter otherwise.” -Michael Fox, KQED

Our SCREENPLAY COMPETITION can be found here: https://filmfreeway.com/SFIndieFestScreenplayCompetition

Press Coverage for last year's Festival: http://sfindie.com/2019-sf-indiefest-press-coverage/

"Festivals bring unexpected benefits. Festivals are essential for brand creation. Premiering at Tribeca was enough to convince people to at least listen to me, but surprisingly it was the San Francisco Indie Fest that was just as crucial for our theatrical release. Our press from this festival helped convince the Red Vic to book us in April (I thank the amazing S.F. publicist Karen Larsen for convincing me of this in advance). We also incorporated festivals into our broader theatrical release, and while we did not claim them as cities in our 17-city count, they helped give us something to crow about."


"I've got to tell you that Indiefest was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I tell all filmmakers - and festival organizer friends of mine - how you run your fest and how you run each film twice. Every single time people look at me with shocked disbelief. Truly, Bonnie and I loved being a part of the event.
Thanks again for including us. SF Indiefest really made me feel that making YEAR was worth the whole effort.

Films: Audience Awards, Jury Prizes

Screenplays: Finalists and Semi-Finalist prizes for both shorts and features
Submit a screenplay here: https://filmfreeway.com/SFIndieFestScreenplayCompetition

Best Feature and Best Short Screenplay Winners and Finalists
Winners receive a Delegate Badge to the Festival, a staged reading from their script, recognition at the festival's Screenwriter Panel/Reception/Live Read, print and media coverage; name inclusion in Festival program materials as a competition finalist.

Any feature or short no more completed after January 1, 2018 is eligible for consideration. We have no premiere requirements.

Screenplays in every genre, budget, and theme are invited to compete.
Submit a screenplay here: https://filmfreeway.com/SFIndieFestScreenplayCompetition

LEGAL STUFF: Submitters understand that submission of their work authorizes the Festival to use the work for exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes related to the festival; that the Festival will handle the prints and drives with a maximum of care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview, or screening; and that the Festival is also not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Submitters may receive future correspondence from the Festival. The festival will never publish your film online under any circumstances.

Overall Rating
  • Rodrigo Dorfman

    Went there with my doc This Taco Truck Kills Fascists -played at the Roxie twice, great crowd, excellent curating overall, funky parties, and great hospitality.

    July 2019
  • I wasn't allowed to enter the theatre.

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    I'm not sure what this means unless it is referring to a sold out show that had no seats available when you arrived. Which is the only time someone may not be able to enter the theater.

  • Kevin Webb

    Had a fun time at SF IndieFest and enjoyed screening my animated short there. Amazing film festival, great venues, lively audiences in a fantastic city. Also, nice was the excellent communication from friendly staff.

    March 2019
  • Mattias Olsson

    I was very fortunate to have my short included in the program of 2019. Came over from Sweden, and it was well worth the trip. The staff was really welcoming and helpful. Really recommend that you pay the festival a visit if you get the chance. And if you want the opportunity to explore iconic filming locations - then the flower shop (now a restaurant) from "The Room" is just a few blocks away :)

    February 2019
  • Solmund MacPherson

    Had a lot of fun visiting with my short. Saw some bizarre movies, which there are not enough opportunities to do on the big screen.

    If you can attend, take the opportunity!

    February 2019