San Francisco International Festival of Short Films

The 2019 San Francisco International Festival of Short Films is October 17 - 19, 2019. This annual event features pieces from around the world.

In 2019 each themed time slot includes around five to six shorts. Important themes include pieces about self identity, boundaries, and life stages. Other time slots included shorts about transformation, the relationships we have with the world, and spaces between the past, present, and future.

The pieces are thought provoking, inspirational, and a great look at critical moments in others' lives.

San Francisco Shorts Film Festival

All of this year's shorts will be shown at the Roxie Theater in the Mission. 

Click here for a schedule of this year's films.


Tickets are available online through TicketLeap. They are $11.50 per session ($10 for the tickets, $1.50 service charge) for adults and $9.40 ($8 for the tickets and $1.40 service charge) for seniors. 

There is also an All Pass available for $37.75 ($35 for tickets, $2.75 service charge). This allows you to see all sessions during the three day festival.

In addition, most sessions will still have tickets available at the door. Please show up at least 15 to 20 minutes before the performance.

How to Get to the Roxie Theater

The Roxie Theater is at 3117 16th Street. You can easily get here by BART, bus, or taxi.

BART: The 16th Street BART stop is just two blocks away on the corner of Mission and 16th Street. From this stop, walk west on the southern side of the street and you will find the theater. 

Bus: All of these buses also stop a block or two away: 14, 22, 33, & 49.

Fun Places to Eat Nearby

This area of San Francisco has a number of amazing places to eat. Here are just a few of my favorites within a few blocks of the Roxie.

  • Monk's Kettle: Just a few steps west of the Roxie Theater is Monk's Kettle. They serve up meat & cheese trays, sandwiches, and full menu items such as steak, chicken, and mushroom risotto. 3141 16th Street
  • Pancho Villa: If you want to check out the Mission's yummy Mexican food, then head over to Pancho Villa. Here you can select your fillings and toppings for your nachos, burritos, tacos, and more. 3071 16th Street
  • Picaro Tapas: If you are in the mood for Spanish food, then stop by Picaro Tapas for dinner. They feature the traditional potato & onion omelet, spicy potatoes (patatas bravas), and Paellas (please allow at least 30 minutes for this dish). 3120 16th Street

Other Events This Month

In addition to the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films, you will also find dozens of other great events this October. Here are just a few from last year that you might enjoy.

Halloween: San Francisco is an eclectic city all year long, which makes it one of the best places to celebrate Halloween. You will find fun events such as 21+ cruises, ghost tours, and family-friendly events. Find out more here

The Wharf Fest: Every October, head to Fisherman's Wharf for this year's Wharf Fest. It includes one full day of live music, fireworks, a chowder competition, a Segway obstacle course, and more. Click here for more info.

United Nations Association Film Festival: Another great film festival this month is the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). It features documentary films on important social, government, and environmental issues from around the world. 


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