San Francisco’s ‘Another Hole in the Head’ Film Festival is a 15-day 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 2021 online on Eventive with selected screenings on Zoom and live at New People Cinema in San Francisco's Japantown.

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. 2021 will mark our 18th year among the most highly rated genre 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 (Feature, Featurette, and Short):


Top Films
Best US Films
Best Foreign Films 
Best Local Films
Best Student Films 
Best Action/Adventure Films 
Best Animated Films 
Best Art/Experimental Films  
Best Crime Films 
Best Documentary Films 
Best Fan Films 
Best Fantasy Films 
Best Horror Films 
Best Musical Films/Music Videos 
Best Mystery/Noir Films
Best Science Fiction Films 

Best Slasher/Splatter Films
Best Thriller/Suspense Films

Best Warped Comedy Films 
Best Western Films



Staff Awards: 
Favorite Feature 

Favrite Featurette
Favorite Short 
Best Trailer (entries limited to films screening in the festival)