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.
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 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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)].
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.