13th Annual

Another Hole in the Head

October 27, 2016 to November 09, 2016

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As a subsidiary of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival (“SF IndieFest”), our primary focus is independent film. 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.


SF IndieFest's "Another Hole in the Head" will run October 27th - November 9th 2016, at New People Cinema in San Francisco.

Another Hole in the Head (a.k.a. “HoleHead”), is a genre film festival celebrating Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy from across the globe. Defying convention, we also consider films from related genres, including Action, Exploitation, Mystery, Thriller, Animation, and Art/Experimental efforts. In addition, we have awards for best Comedy and best Documentary.

We are located in a very receptive town for film, and our fest has built a passionate following over the years. 2016 will mark our thirteenth year among the most highly rated genre fests in the world, and we're still growing! At our 12th annual fest in 2015, we screened 27 features and 87 short films, while garnering a 20% increase in attendance over the previous year.

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.

We give out 15 Audience Awards:

Best Film Overall ($600; 3 night AirBnB stay in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District; Trophy)
Best US Feature (Trophy)
Best Foreign Feature (Trophy)
Best Local Feature (Trophy)
Best Student Film ($200)
Best US Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Local Short
Best Animated Film
Best Art/Experimental Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Thriller/Suspense Film

And 2 Staff Picks:

Best Feature
Best Short


Romany Adams (Festival Coordinator, Programmer); eric ringer; george kaskanlian; george kaskanlian; george kaskanlian


We accept all genre films for HoleHead.


Legal Stuff: I understand that submission of my work authorizes Another Hole in the Head to use the work for exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes related to the festival; that the Festival will handle the prints and tapes with a maximum of care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview, or screening; and that the Festival is also not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.