The San Francisco Independent Film Festival opens Thursday February 5th at 7pm with a screening of the indie comedy BREAK A LEG at the Castro Theater.

Immediately following the screening, please join the film's cast and crew and hundreds of San Francisco film lovers at our Gala Opening Night Party at the DNA Lounge. The party starts at 9p and lasts until 2a and will feature catering by Debbie Does Dinner, Living Room Events and La Mediterranean. The screening room upstairs will screen new and classic short films until midnight and downstairs the DJs will keep the crowd moving! Your Break A Leg ticket stub admits you to the party and can be exchanged for a complimentary Sierra Nevada. You'll also take home Landmark Theater CD samplers and a lucky few will win a copy of Peter Biskind's new book DOWN AND DIRTY PICTURES, "an astute and fascinating account of how indie powerhouses have changed independent filmmaking."

The BREAK A LEG cast including Jennifer Beals, John Cassini, Rene Rivera and Barry Primus as well as director Monika Mitchell will be in attendance at the screening and the after party.

We love films, and we also love a good party! In addition to the hot Opening Night Party at the DNA, we’ve got parties planned for every night of the Festival!

On Saturday Feb. 7th join us for our Big Lebowski Party at Serra Bowl, 3301 Junipero Serra Blvd, right across the street from the Colma BART. The party starts at 9p and lasts till they kick us or the bar closes, whichever comes first. Come dressed as your favorite Lubowski character! If you wanna bowl, reserve some lane time at for only $10 – shoe rental and a free beer included!

After learning all you need to know about martinis from Olive or Twist on Sunday Feb. 8, we’re going down the street to Blondie’s to consume a few of the best martinis in the City. Join us at 540 Valencia for the Olive or Twist Cocktail Appreciation Party. Bring your ticket stub for a free martini!

Following the World Premiere screening of Bettie Page – Dark Angel on Wednesday Feb. 11 we’re planning to hit the annual Bettie Page Look A Like Contest at Bondage a Go Go at 528 Fourth Street. Come down and check out all the gorgeous Betties!

San Francisco is being invaded by the best psychobilly bands on the planet the weekend of Feb. 14 and 15. But before they take the stage at the Pound, they will be found after our screening of Psychobilly-A Cancer on Rock and Roll on Friday Feb 13 at Studio Z, 314 11st Street. This after party is produced by the folks behind She Said, Won’t Die and many other great rock n roll nightclubs in the Bay Area and is guaranteed to be rockin. Any IndieFest ticket stub gets you in free!

Our East Bay Opening Night Party
is also on Feb 13. Stick around after Bruce Haack: King of Techno for cocktails at the Metro and tunes by local DJs and Bruce Haack director Philip Anagnos. No cover, all are welcome!

The IndieFest Closing Night Party on the 15th will take place at a brand new space called Mighty at 119 Utah St at 15th. Come and hang out with Sprocket Ensemble and animators Bill Plympton and Signe Bauman as they fill the screen with a wild selection of animation to distract you from your drink. Please join us as we draw the curtain on another IndieFest. Theres no cover after 9p with any IndieFest ticket stub.

Every other night of the Festival you can find the IndieFest filmmakers and your fellow film lovers at the Official IndieFest Watering Hole The 500 Club at 500 Guerrero, our favorite Mission dive.