Your Guide to Film Festivals in San Francisco | San Francisco Travel
Close-up view of the marquee of the Roxie Theater in the Mission District, San Francisco, CA.
Catch an arthouse film at the Roxie Theater (3117 16th St.) in the Mission.

Your Guide to
Film Festivals in San Francisco

At any time of year ,there’s a film festival unreeling in San Francisco. Check out our guide to discover which festivals are happening each month.

San Francisco might be almost 400 miles from Hollywood, but this is a city that loves the movies. Just look at all of our annual film festivals! 

Since this is San Francisco, things are bound to be a little off-kilter. Festival fare ranges from the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, to the quirky Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival, which advertises itself as “three weeks of celluloid mayhem not usually found in your local cineplex."

See what's playing when you're next in town!

January

Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival

January 19-28, 2024
Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland

Dedicated to noir philosophy, attitude and style in films, books, art and music, the festival is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and promises “ultra rare films and very special guests.” 

Explore Noir City

February

San Francisco Independent Film Festival

February 8-18, 2024
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St.
4 Star Theater, 2200 Clement St

This film festival screens the best of independent films from the Bay Area and beyond.

Explore the San Francisco Independent Film Festival

Mostly British Film Festival

February 15-22, 2024
Vogue Theater, 3290 Sacramento St.

This week-long film fest spotlights works from the U.K., Ireland, Australia and South Africa.

Explore the Mostly British Film Festival

March

Sonoma International Film Festival

March 20 to 24, 2024
JAK W, 539 1st St. West, Sonoma

The Sonoma International Film Festival focuses on independent films, documentaries, world cinema and short films. Centered around Sonoma's historic plaza, over 90 hand-selected films will be screened.

Explore the Sonoma International Film Festival

SF Irish Doc Film Fest

March 30, 2024
Delancey Street Theater, 600 Embarcadero

Showcasing the best in contemporary Irish cinema, the SF Irish Film Festival is especially heavy on documentaries this year. And who tells better tales than the Irish?

Explore the Irish Doc Film Fest

April

Napa Valley Film Festival

April 5-7, 2024
The Copia’s Ecolab Theatre, 500 1st St., Napa 

The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up the picturesque towns of Napa.

Explore Napa Valley Film Festival

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

April 10-14, 2024
Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St.

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents silent films accompanied by live music. This festival promotes silent film as art and historical record

Explore the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Ocean Film Festival

April 12-14, 2024
Cowell Theater, 2 Marina Blvd.

One of the largest and most diverse of its kind, this festival features documentaries, animations, narratives and other traditional screen fare on topics ranging from ocean adventures to island culture and more.

Explore the Ocean Film Festival

Berlin & Beyond

April 18-22, 2024
Location to be announced

America's leading festival of contemporary cinema from German-speaking countries Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Explore Berlin and Beyond

San Francisco International Film Festival

April 24-28, 2024
Location to be announced

An extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation. Since its inception in 1957, the SFIFF has hosted hundreds of prominent guests from Spike Lee to Bette Davis and presented almost 7,000 films from more than 120 countries to nearly two million filmgoers.

Explore the San Francisco International Film Festival

May

CAAMFest

May 9-19, 2024
Location to be announced

CAAMFest is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for independent Asian American filmmakers, as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.

Explore CAAMfest

June

San Francisco Black Film Festival

May 9 to 19, 2024
African American Arts and Cultural Complex, 726 Fulton St.

This celebration of African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora showcases a diverse collection of films from emerging and established filmmakers; more than 10,000 films have been screened from around the world since the inaugural festival in 1998.

Explore the San Francisco Black Film Festival

Frameline, San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

June 19-29, 2024
Location to be Announced

This legendary showcase of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema screens groundbreaking documentaries, features, touching short films and cinematic classics

Explore Frameline

Queer Women of Color Film Festival

June 14-16, 2024
Location to Be Announced

This festival showcases new films that reflect the lives of queer women of color and addresses the vital social justice issues that concern multiple communities.

Explore the Queer Woman of Color Festival

July

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival

July 17-21, 2024
Location to be Announced

Showcasing the year’s best new, independent, avant-garde films, the Frozen Film Festival takes its name from the distinct chill of the San Francisco summer.

Explore the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

July 18-August 4, 2024
Location to be Announced

Films from American and international filmmakers showcase the diversity and vitality of Jewish culture. The festival is the first, oldest and most prestigious celebration of its kind in the world.

Explore the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

August

Crossroads

August to 30-September 1, 2024
Gray Area, 2665 Mission St.

Cinematheque celebrates works of aesthetically radical cinema in Crossroads, which showcases new film/video works by emerging and established filmmakers, including performance and works of “live cinema."

Explore Crossroads Film Festival

October

Mill Valley Film Festival

October 3-13, 2024
Mill Valley, California

Presented by the California Film Institute, the Mill Valley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent and world cinema. Founded in 1978, it has established an impressive track record for launching new films and filmmakers.

Explore the Mill Valley Film Festival

San Francisco Green Film Festival

October 10-20, 2024
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St.

Films, visiting filmmakers and guest speakers from around the globe cover environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water and art in the environment.

Explore the San Francisco Green Festival

San Francisco Dance Film Festival

October 16-20, 2024
Location to Be Announced

Founded in 2010, the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) seeks to bring dance to wider audiences. Programming covers a broad spectrum, including sub-genres such as “screendance"—short experimental dance pieces created specifically for the camera—as well as filmic interpretations of dance performances originally created for the stage.

Explore the San Francisco Dance Film Festival 

Superfest: International Disability Film Festival

October 17-20, 2024
Location to Be Announced

The longest-running festival of its kind in the world, Superfest showcases an innovative range of juried short and feature-length films that celebrate disability as a generative and creative force in cinema and more broadly in culture.

Explore Superfest: International Disability Film Festival

November

American Indian Film Festival

November 1-9, 2024
Location to Be Announced

The world’s oldest festival dedicated to films by and about Native Americans showcases new and exciting work. 

Explore the American Indian Film Festival

December

Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival

December 1-25, 2024
Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St. 

An annual festival of horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy and exploitation cinema brings the most outrageous films from both emerging and established filmmakers to audiences who like a little excitement with their popcorn.

Explore Another Hole in the Head Film Festival