We are looking for the best features, shorts, docs and animation we can find to present in San Francisco. For 20 years SF IndieFest has developed a great reputation for filling theaters, getting press and throwing great parties. Films at our fest regularly get Variety reviews, picked up at other fests and find rabid groupies following the makers around town demanded autographs and buying them drinks. We're consistently listed as a "best" fest in Chris Gore's book (last time I checked anyway). And now we have cash prizes funded by one of our loyal fans! Last year's prizes amounted to $1000 each for best feature doc and best feature narrative and $500 for best short chosen by our loyal Season Pass holders.

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


"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 in February ‘08 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.

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

Films: Audience Awards, Jury Prizes

Screenplays: 1st, 2nd place prizes for both shorts and features

1st and 2nd Place Screenplay Winners
Winners receive a Delegate Badge to the Festival, a staged reading of two scenes from the script, Recognition at the festival's Screenwiriter Party. Print and media coverage; Name inclusion in Festival program materials as a competition finalist.

Any feature or short no more then 18 months old is eligible for consideration.
Screenplays in every genre, budget, and theme are invited to compete.
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
  • Ronald Short

    A very cool festival with an amazing staff of people who are very helpful!

    February 2019
  • Julie Sharbutt

    We were so thrilled to premiere 3 DAYS at SF IndieFest! The programming was incredibly insightful and cool, which made our individual film shine even more, and which was reflected in the enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of the sold out audiences! I loved our time there and am so grateful to Jeff and Fay and everyone behind the scenes who made the festival possible. Can't wait to come back!

    February 2019
  • Tim Ballard

    I was completely honored to be included in this festival. The works selected in the animated short series were high caliber and wonderfully varied in their styles and content. The staff were kind and helpful, venue was beautiful. I truly appreciated the experience

    February 2018
  • Marta Renzi

    The Roxie is a great little venue. Lulu, Jeff and Jennifer were responsive via email at a distance, and accessible and welcoming in person. I had to miss all the networking events but made a nice connection with the dedicated board member who also led the Q&A at our screening. My film OPUS is always paired with a short - RICE BALL at SF Indie Fest was the best of the lot!

    February 2018
  • Meghan Ryan

    The festival and staff were fantastic. Beause I'm working full time, I did not fully take advantage of networking opportunities.

    February 2017