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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

San Francisco's Another Hole in the Head Film Festival will run December 1st - December 15th 2019, 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. 2019 will mark our 16th 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
*Audience Awards:


(Genre Division) 
Top Film 
Best US Film 
Best Foreign Film 
Best Local Film 
Best Student Film 
Best Action/Adventure Film 
Best Animated Film 
Best Art/Experimental Film 
Best Comedy Film 
Best Crime Film 
Best Documentary Film 
Best Fan Film 
Best Fantasy Film 
Best Horror Film 
Best Music Video 
Best Mystery Film 
Best Noir Film 
Best Science Fiction Film 
Best Thriller/Suspense Film 
Best Western Film

(Non-Genre Division) 
Top Film 
Best US Film 
Best Foreign Film 
Best Local Film 
Best Student Film 
Best Comedy Film 
Best Documentary Film 
Best Drama Film 
Best Music Video

Staff Awards: 
Best Genre Feature 
Best Genre Short 
Best Non-Genre Feature 
Best Non-Genre Short 
Best Trailer (entries limited to films screening in the festival)

*In the event that there are fewer than three eligible films in a category, that award will be suspended during that festival. When there are a sufficient number of both features and shorts in a category, one of each will receive an award.


AUDIENCE AWARDS 2018

Audience Awards (Genre Division): 
Top Feature - [Tie] Alive; Galaxy Lords 
Top Short - The Quiet Room 
Best US Feature - The Night Sitter 
Best US Short - Unzipping 
Best Foreign Feature - Lifechanger 
Best Foreign Short - Hangover Food 
Best Local Film - Snaggletooth 
Best Student Film - Beyond Horizons 
Best Action/Adventure Film - Earthy Encounters 
Best Animated Film - Double King 
Best Art/Experimental Film - Pee Free Pool 
Best Comedy Feature - Killer Unicorn 
Best Comedy Short - Toasted 
Best Documentary - Giant Women, Micro-Budget 
Best Fantasy Film - Should You Meet a Lady in a Darkened Wood 
Best Horror Feature - Echoes of Fear 
Best Horror Short - The Hidebehind 
Best Music Video - Avicenna 
Best Science Fiction Feature - Reborn 
Best Science Fiction Short - Deep Clean 
Best Thriller/Suspense Feature - Rondo 
Best Thriller/Suspense Short - Frank's Last Job 
​ 
Audience Awards (Non-Genre Division): 
Top Feature - Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records 
Top Short - No Tricks 
Best US Film - Heather Has Four Moms 
Best Foreign Film - Piscina (Pool) 
Best Local Film - The Last Lesson 
Best Comedy - Pretty Pretty Prison 
Best Documentary - The World is Round So That Nobody Can Hide in the Corners, Part 1 - Refuge 
Best Drama - Good Morning Pakistan 
​ 
Staff Awards: 
27 West (Genre Feature) 
Faulty Father (Genre Short) 
I Love My Mum (Non-Genre Film)


“San Francisco’s original genre film festival is characterized by a scrappy, DIY aesthetic that eschews big studio content and recent trends towards elevated genre. Holehead’s programming remains curatorially committed to the genre’s graphic roots in shockploitation, visceral thrills and gleeful mayhem.” – Michael Guillen, The Evening Class

"After attending most of the genre offerings at SFindiefest, I was more than a little excited for their genre counterpart, Another Hole in the Head. The fest is in its lucky 13th year, but is still totally dedicated to celebrating little and local films. With a plethora of new, unseen, and unreleased genre films, buffed up by exciting retrospective screenings and musical events, I must say: Another Hole in the Head is awesome."
- Madeleine Koestner, FANGORIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

SF Indiefest is a year-round, 501c3 non-profit organization that has been operating since 1998. We present three annual festivals: the SF Independent Film Festival (SF Indie for short), the SF Documentary Festival (DocFest for short) and Another Hole in the Head, our genre film festival. Last year over 21,000 film and event goers attended SF Indiefest events.