American Indian Film Festival

Discover Thoughtful Films About the American Indian Community

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This year's American Indian Film Festival runs from October 26 - November 2, 2019. Heading into its 43rd year in San Francisco, this festival highlights stories about the artists, activists, and others in this community.

The event was founded by and is still produced by American Indians as a way for them to tell others about their community, the struggles they face, and other stories of life, love, and traditions.

American Indian Film Festival

For eight days, this festival will feature short stories, documentaries, and feature films written, produced, and directed by both Indian and non-Indian filmmakers.

You will find one to two screening times a day. The matinee screenings all start at 12pm. The evening screenings all start at 7pm.

All films will show at the AMC Theater at 1000 Van Ness Street.

Click here for a full list of this year's films.


You can buy tickets in advance on their official site (see link above) or you can buy them at the door. General admission prices for matinee programs are around $5 and include up to around 4 hours of shows. The evening programs are around $10 per person and are usually around 3 hours.

Opening and closing night ceremonies are usually about $15 more per person for each ceremony.

You can also buy a festival pass that offers you access to all performances. It includes access to all shows, ceremonies, parties, and receptions. This is usually around $130 per person and is a great deal compared to buying each ticket separately.

Tips to Get to the Theater

The AMC Van Ness Theater is in the heart of San Francisco. You can easily get here by public transit or car. There is also a large parking garage in the building, so driving is also an option.

BART: If you plan to come from the south or east bay, you can take BART to the Civic Center Station. You can then either transfer to the 19, walk a few blocks or take an Uber or Lyft to the theater.

Bus: Several buses also stop nearby. You can take the 2, 3, 38, 47, 49 and 90. All stop within a few blocks of the American Indian Film Festival.

Light Rail Train: The light rail trains also stop at the Van Ness Street Station. You can then hop on the 47 or 49 buses that will drop you a block away from the festival.

Driving: If you plan to drive, you will find parking in the same building as the theater. You enter the lot from Alice B. Tolkas, which is a smaller street between Geary and O'Farrell. There is usually plenty of parking, but I recommend arriving early to ensure you get a spot close by.

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