San Francisco’s ‘Another Hole in the Head’ Film Festival is a two week cinematic excursion into the realms of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and assorted other genres. Taking its cue from other legendary festivals such as Cannes and Sundance, Another Hole in the Head pulls together a diverse collection of films representing all varieties and budgetary considerations. Another Hole in the Head provides a unique vehicle for independent cinema. This year’s festival takes place December 1st - December 15th 2022 at the THX certified New People Cinema in San Francisco, CA. It will also take place online on Eventive and Zoom for those who can't make the live theater screenings.

With this festival, we seek broader horizons than the common interpretation of "genre film" 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. 2022 will mark our 19th 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, and Fangoria, 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.

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AUDIENCE AWARDS: 2021

Top Feature: Safe House 1618
Top Featurette: All the Flowers That Cut Through the Earth
Top Short Film: Death and the Winemaker

Best US Feature: Human Resources
Best US Featurette: In the Pines
Best US Short Film: Reasons To Stay

Best Foreign Feature: APPS
Best Foreign Featurette: Redrum
Best Foreign Short Film: Dystopia

Best Local Feature: Red Snow
Best Local Short Film: Moving Meditation

Best Student Film: The Return

Best Action/Adventure Feature: Pakistani Chainsaw: A Love Story
Best Action/Adventure Short Film: A Darker Place

Best Animation Feature: Bashira
Best Animation Short Film: Pimento!

Best Art/Experimental Feature: Leda
Best Art/Experimental Short Film: To You My Love

Best Comedy Feature: CRABS!
Best Comedy Short Film: The Occult Son

Best Crime Film: The First Rule

Best Documentary Feature: The Brilliant Terror
Best Documentary Short Film: Wilderness Days

Best Drama Feature: Take Back the Night
Best Drama Short Film: NAIL POLISH

Best Fan Feature (Tie): Revision of the Planet of the Apes; Rocky Revision
Best Fan Short Film: A Blaster In The Right Hands: A Star Wars Story

Best Fantasy Feature: The Monsters Without
Best Fantasy Short Film: Incarnation

Best Horror Feature: Woodland Grey
Best Horror Short Film: Tinder Tango

Best Musical Film: The History of Metal and Horror
Best Music Video: POR LA CARRETERA

Best Mystery/Noir Feature: Cats of the Bayou (ASMR)
Best Mystery/Noir Short Film: Mimetic

Best Science Fiction Feature: The Unhealer
Best Science Fiction Short Film: Broken Wing

Best Slasher/Splatter Feature: Night Caller
Best Slasher/Splatter Short Film: ZTV Sympathy For the Devil

Best Thriller/Suspense Feature: My Cherry Pie
Best Thriller/Suspense Short Film: #NOFILTER

Best Western Film: Smoking Gun

STAFF AWARDS

Staff Favorite Feature: Laguna Ave
Staff Favorite Featurette: The Loyals
Staff Favorite Short Film: Visitors
Best Trailer: 777

Only online screeners will be considered for short films. Any questions or other correspondence regarding non-feature film submissions should be addressed to Festival Producer Romany Adams (filmmakers@ahith.com).

Feature film screeners in the form of DVD, Blu-ray, and USB drive may be accepted for consideration with prior permission from the Festival Producers [George Kaskanlian Jr. (415-793-6868) or Eric Ringer (eric.ringer@gmail.com)].

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 any prints and drives with a maximum of care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview, or screening, and also that the Festival is 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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  • Samuel Tressler IV

    Great fest with some nice press write-ups leading up. Unfortunately Covid stifled everything a bit, but was very happy to be included and played in the beautiful New People theater, will certainly apply again.

    May 2022
  • Had a great time talking in person about my film in front of a live audience and sharing this experience with other filmmakers. Had a great time!

    April 2022
  • AHITH's 18th festival was my third time screening with the fest and it was still a fun time despite Covid. The communication was clear and consistent and they did a great job transitioning the festival into a hybrid of in-person and online.
    The in-person Strictly Local 2 screenings were entertaining, and it was an honor to win Best Student Film! The theater itself was a cool venue as always. Will definitely continue to submit here!

    February 2022
  • Jason Younkman

    It was a great honor to have my work included in AHITH. I was impressed with the variety of films they presented. This honestly has to be one of the more diverse festivals around. Above all, the organizers are exceptionally generous and supportive. Thanks again Romany!

    February 2022
  • Larissa Archer

    AHITH was a great festival and Romany is a treasure. Very clear communication throughout...The night of "Strictly Local" was really fun and the lineup was impressive. Loved it! Would submit again...

    January 2022