For 23 years San Francisco IndieFest has presented the best new independent films from around the world to thousands of San Francisco film fans and as of a couple years ago, we now have an annual program of all short films: short shorts, long shorts, cool shorts, comedy shorts, weird shorts, music shorts, documentary shorts, experimental shorts, genre shorts, student shorts.

Not only do we love shorts programs, but our long standing loyal audience in San Francisco REALLY loves shorts. The shorts programs at SF IndieFest, SF DocFest and Another Hole in the Head are consistently some of our best attended programs so we created a festival to showcase the best short films we can find. AND the best rated film in the festival, as decided by the audience, will win a $500 cash prize.

SF IndieFest is a founding member of the FILM FESTIVAL ALLIANCE

Best of the Fest - $500 cash prize
Best US Narrative
Best Foreign Narrative
Best Local Narrative
Best US Documentary
Best Foreign Documentary
Best Local Documentary
Best US Comedy
Best Foreign Comedy
Best Local Comedy
Best US Drama
Best Foreign Drama
Best Local Drama
Best Music Video
Best Dance Film
Best Genre Film
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Experimental Film
Best US Single Take Film
Best Foreign Single Take Film
Jury Prize for Best Narrative
Jury Prize for Best Documentary

Any short film under 40 minutes and no more then 18 months old is eligible for consideration.

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
  • cristiana di palma

    Amazing people and movies! Loved it !!

    October 2020
  • Suh-Jung Julia Lee

    Thanks to everyone at SF IndieFest. Unfortunately because of Covid, we couldn't show our film in a theater and meet fellow filmmakers, but they took the Covid lemons we were all given and turned them into a delicious virtual lemon soufflé. It was a super fun experience. We were so honored to be a part of this festival and get to participate in the fun Q&A. Highly recommend filmmakers to submit their films! You'll be in good hands!!!

    October 2020
  • Shaheen Sheriff

    It felt very good to be a part of this festival. The screenings were set up very well. It's a big honor to have won the 'Best Foreign Comedy'. Online QnA was fun, and got to hear stories of other filmmakers!

    October 2020
  • Great festival, really pleased to have been a part of it .
    Thankyou for the award :)

    October 2020
  • Ben Hess

    Thanks to everyone at SF Shorts Fest from everyone on our film "Maggie". Communication was top notch and the platform used was great, especially adding the Q and A as part of the film blocks. We were amazed and ecstatic to get the audience choice award for Best US Drama! Thanks again...

    October 2020