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Bay Area Film Festivals & Screening Venues

By Tom White

The San Francisco International Film Festival is just one of a myriad of film festivals playing in the Bay Area that program docs. Here is a reasonably comprehensive list of what's happening where and when.


Alice's Three-Minute Film Festival/San Francisco (April)

American Indian Film Festival/San Francisco (November)

Another Hole in the Head Film Festival/San Francisco (June)

Arab Film Festival/San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose (October)

ATA (Artists Television Access) Film & Video Festival/San Francisco (October)

Berkeley Video & Film Festival/Berkeley (October)

Berlin & Beyond/San Francisco (January)

California Independent Film Festival/Livermore, Orinda, Walnut Creek (April)

Christian WYSIWYG Film Festival/San Francisco (October)

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival/San Jose (February-March)

CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival/San Francisco (October)

Earthdance International Environmental Film Festival/Oakland (April)

Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema/San Francisco (November)

Film Night in the Park/San Anselmo, San Geronimo, Ross, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Fairfax (May-October)

Golden Gate Fiction & Documentary Festival/San Francisco (October)

Hi/Lo Film Festival/San Francisco, Oakland (April)

International Buddhist Film Festival/Oakland (TBD)

International Latino Film Festival/San Francisco (November)

LaborFest/San Francisco, Oakland (July)

LUNAFEST/Traveling Festival, Based in Berkeley (October-March)

Madcat Women's International Film Festival/San Francisco (September)

Marin County Festival of Short Film & Video/San Rafael (June-July)

Mill Valley Film Festival/Mill Valley, San Rafael (October)

Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival (July-August)

Noise Pop Film Festival/San Francisco (February-March)

Oakland International Film Festival (September)

Orinda Film Festival (September)

San Francisco Armenian Film Festival (February)

San Francisco Black Film Festival (June)

San Francisco Documentary Festival (SF Docfest) (September-October)

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (July)

San Francisco Independent Film Festival (Sf Indiefest) (February)

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (March)

SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films/ (August)

San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (June)

San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (November)

San Francisco Irish Film Festival (March)

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (July-August)

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival (January)

San Francisco Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival (July)

San Francisco Women's Film Festival (April)

Santa Cruz Film Festival (April)

Sonoma Valley Film Festival (April)

Tiburon International Film Festival (March)

Superfest International Disability Film Festival/Berkeley (June)

Tranny Fest/San Francisco (November)

United Nations Association Film Festival/Palo Alto (October)

Women of Color Film Festival/Berkeley (March)

Zeitgeist International Film Festival/San Francisco
June, July, August (one day per month)


Sources:,, Release Print.



4 Star Movie Theatre/San Francisco

Balboa Theater/San Francisco

California College of the Arts/San Francisco & Oakland

The Castro Theatre/San Francisco

Chrisopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center/San Rafael

Ninth Street Independent Film Center/San Francisco

Oakland Museum of California

Orinda Theater

Pacific Film Archive/University of California Berkeley

Red Vic Movie House/San Francisco

The Roxie New College Film Center/San Francisco

San Francisco Cinematheque/Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California College of the Arts, Ninth Street Independent Film Center

San Francisco Film Centre

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Sundance Kabuki/San Francisco

Victoria Theatre/San Francisco

Vine Cinema/Livermore

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts/San Francisco