25th SF IndieFest

February 2-12, 2023

For 25 years, the mission of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival has been to seek out new film discoveries for Bay Area film fans to enjoy. Now, with the age of computerized algorithms, a human touch is needed more than ever to curate a unique cinematic experience. SF IndieFest continues to provide new and unusual alternatives to the Hollywood Industrial Complex. These are films you won’t find at the multiplex or on popular streaming services

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Festival Highlights

Opening Night

Filmmaker and Jim Rose Circus Sideshow stars in attendance.


Live interview with Moby to follow the screening.

Closing Night

Audacious debut by a pair of teenage filmmakers.

Special Events

Special Sidebar Program

Iranian Women Revolt

Inspired by the movement Woman, Life, Freedom, which started a few months ago in Iran, Iranian Women Revolt is a film series that showcases the cinema made by and about the Iranian women raised in post 1979 Revolution. This series captures diverse stories of the life of Iranian women who have lived under an oppressed regime for over 40 years. These post revolution young women filmmakers, who are bold, courageous, and intelligent, share the struggles, fights, quarrels, and pains of their characters with us. Thus, they no longer accept the tyranny against women and people of Iran in general. And they rise.

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Opening Night Party

Art Show and Live Performance

Thu, Feb 2 8pm-11pm

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of independent film presentation at 518 Valencia Gallery, right around the corner from the Roxie.

The party will feature an art show by this year's poster artist Alberto Ybarra plus special guest appearances by Jim Rose Circus Sideshow Marvels Zamora the Torture King, The Enigma and Matt the Tube Crowley, stars of the film Circus of the Scars, this year's Opening Night Film.

Complementary beverages courtesy of Lagunitas and Athletic Brewing.

Tunes and ambience crafted by DJ The Barbary Ghost.

The party is 21up and otherwise open to all.

Reception and Panel

Screenwriting Panel with IndieFest Awardees

Sun, Feb 5 1pm-230p,

Please join SF IndieFest's Screenwriting Competition Director Jessica Waters and this year's award winning writers Roberto Fatal (Electric Homies) and Kyle Casey Chu & Roisin Isner (After What Happened in the Library) for a panel discussion about script writing.


It's Back!!

The Anti-Valentine's Day '80s Power Ballad Sing-A-Long Show returns to the Roxie Theater Feb 14 for an SF IndieFest After Party!

It's been just ages since we've teased up our hair, pulled on the spandex and raised our voices together in defiance of those who would dare not love us.

Fortunately, for those of us who can't stand Valentine's Day, there is an entire genre of music made just for our pain, AND it just happens to also be the most badass music ever: 80s POWER BALLADS. We'll sing, we’ll hold lighters in the air and sway, we'll pound our fists at the sky! Featuring the music of Journey, Guns 'n Roses, Bon Jovi, Warrant, and many many more.

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