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.

Awards & Prizes

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)

Rules & Terms

The maximum running time for films is 50 minutes. All film submissions must conform to the following specifications: exhibition files must be MP4/H.264 digital files, with a maximum horizontal resolution of 1920 pixels and stereo compatible audio. Instructions for delivering exhibition files will be provided upon acceptance into the festival.

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.

4 Reviews

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    Tyler Milles

    I know this review's super late, but I just want to thank SFindie for putting on a fantastic show. They curated my short with a nice lineup of other sci-fi shorts and I got to see my short on the biggest screen I've ever seen it on. It was a great experience and I hope to return with my next project!

    May 2017
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    Benji Carver

    Great place and home for DIY horror, scifi, and action based short films. Plus in the heart of San Francisco.

    March 2017
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    Golden Brown

    I was able to attend this Festival and felt that it was run very well and had high quality films. Our screening block was very well attended I definitely recommend it for animators and experimental filmmakers.

    December 2016
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    Emanuele Mengotti

    This festival is a real gem, don't miss it! Their theatre is amazing and their program is unique! For Filmmakers and film lover!
    Grazie

    November 2016