San Francisco's Another Hole in the Head Film Festival will run November 28th - December 10th 2018, at New People Cinema in San Francisco.

With this festival, we seek broader horizons than our original genre festival allows. All styles of independent film are welcome to compete. Whether it's a major production from a professional company, a student film, or a micro-budget labor of love, we are committed to giving each film due consideration.

We are located in a very receptive town for film, and we've built a passionate following over the years. 2018 will mark our 15th year among the most highly rated festivals in the world, and we're still growing!

San Francisco is the second largest film market in the country and a great promotional platform for indie filmmakers who are trying to get their film out into the world. Many films that screen at our festival spark the attention of other film festivals and film brokers/buyers. In addition, the films and the festival are reviewed by some of the top players in the industry, such as Variety, The San Francisco Chronicle, Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, Twitch, and Way Too Indie, just to name a few.

Our "theatrical home" is New People Cinema in San Francisco's Japantown. A 143-seat underground venue located in the New People Building, the Cinema is equipped with cutting-edge HD digital projection, 35mm film projection and a THX®-certified sound system. New People Cinema hosts many local film festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival, CAAMFest, Green Film Festival, and the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco.

21 Audience Awards*:

Best Film Over All
Best US Film
Best Foreign Film
Best Local Film
Best Student Film
Best Fan Film
Best Low-Budget Film
Best Action/Adventure Film
Best Animated Film
Best Art/Experimental Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Drama Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Historical Film
Best Horror Film
Best Music Video
Best Mystery Film
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Thriller/Suspense Film
Best Western Film

Staff Pick for Best Film

*In the event that there are fewer than three eligible films in a category, that award will be suspended during that festival.

AUDIENCE AWARDS 2017

BEST FILM OVER ALL: SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS - EPISODE 2 "ELECTRIC BOOGALOO"
TOP FEATURE: RUIN ME
TOP SHORT: EINSTEIN-ROSEN
BEST FOREIGN FEATURE: WHO'S WATCHING OLIVER
BEST FOREIGN SHORT: IT'S COMPLICATED
BEST US FEATURE: DEAD ANT
BEST US SHORT: WHEN PIGS FLY
BEST LOCAL FEATURE: HELL! A MUSICAL
BEST LOCAL SHORT: GOATSUCKER
BEST STUDENT FILM: THE HOBBYIST
BEST ACTION ADVENTURE FEATURE: MOHAWK
BEST ACTION ADVENTURE SHORT: THE PHARAOH'S EYE
BEST ANIMATED FILM: TALES OF MERE EXISTENCE
BEST ART/EXPERIMENTAL FILM: 2001: A PICASSO ODYSSEY
BEST COMEDY FEATURE: TRAGEDY GIRLS
BEST COMEDY SHORT: OUIJA SEX
BEST DOCUMENTARY: FAKE BLOOD
BEST FANTASY: TOOTH FAIRY
BEST HORROR FEATURE: LAKE BODOM
BEST HORROR SHORT: [TIED] THE ARMOIRE and COUPLES NIGHT
BEST SCIENCE FICTION FEATURE: FLORA
BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT: VESTIGE
BEST THRILLER/SUSPENSE FEATURE: BUZZARD HOLLOW BEEF
BEST THRILLER/SUSPENSE SHORT: ON THE ROAD
STAFF PICKS…
FEATURE FILM: DENY EVERYTHING
SHORT FILM: VEN A MI (COME TO ME)

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.

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  • Chad Janusch

    I loved attending the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. The shorts programs are a San Francisco gem. The dark, the odd, the fantastic, the strange... not to mention I could sit in the New People's Theater all day. You want your film to screen at Another Hole in the Head.

    December 2018
  • Ricky Umberger

    A top notch genre festival. My horror film “The Fear Footage” was an official selection and although I wasn’t able to attend, I was kept in the loop throughout the entire event.
    AHITH isn’t about programming the most popular films just to fit in, they’re about finding the most original and bizarre films to blow their audiences minds. Highly recommend and would submit another project.

    December 2018
  • Jules Vincent

    An absolutely great fest! Arguably the best picture and sound quality of any fest we've attended in an unbelievable THX screening room, plus they pull in an excited base of attendees with a deep love and knowledge of film. Look forward to returning with other projects.

    December 2018
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival, well run, had a wonderful time and great reception! Thank you so much!

    December 2018
  • Galaxy Lords

    After running the indie genre film circuit for the last year, I must say that Another Hole in the Head is by far the best festival our indie genre film has attended. The amount of social media engagement from the fest is worth the admission fee alone. AHITH goes above and beyond, keeping their followers engaged and informed about all the films being shown weeks before and during the festival run. Additionally, this modestly sized, one screen theater (New People) packs a wallop in the audio department! Our film has honestly never sounded better— New People Cinema truly let our score shine on their THX certified speakers. Lastly, AHITH is worth attending for any genre film because the Bay Area has one of the most passionate, diverse, accepting, and fun indie film communities in the United States. Seriously, I could not recommend this fest, venue, or city any higher. Another Hole in the Head is a MUST for any genre indie film.

    December 2018