How to Festival

Tickets and Will Call

Will Call

Box Office: Buy tickets online or call 415.552.5580 or


prices include service fees

$15       General Admission
$13       Member
$14       Disabled/Senior (65+)
Free      Youth & Students (with valid ID)
$80       6-Tix pack
$55       Opening Night Reception & Film ($50 member) // $15 Film Only ($13 member)
$25       Closing Night Film & Wrap Party ($20 member) // $15 Film Only ($13 member)


passholders jump to the front of the ticket line!

$200     Full Festival Pass ($180 member)
$90/80  Cowell Theater Pass (Sept 7-9)
$45/40  Cowell Day Pass (Sept 8 or 9)
$90/80  YBCA Pass (Sept 10-14)

Festival Member discounts are available - Join today

Will Call: individual tickets have the option to be printed at home or held at will call. All passes are held at will call. Tickets/passes are not mailed. The venue box office opens 30 minutes before the first show each day.

Arrive Early! Tickets and Passholders must arrive 15 minutes prior to the show time to guarantee admission. After this time you cannot be guaranteed a seat, even with a purchased ticket or pass.

Rush Tickets: When advance tickets have sold out, last-minute tickets – "rush" tickets – may be available just before the show time. Approximately 10 minutes prior to the screening, empty seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to those in the "rush" line.

Barring any unforeseen technical difficulties, screenings will start on time.

Filmmaker and special guest attendance is never guaranteed, please check for the latest updates.

All pass and ticket sales are final. No refunds, exchanges, substitutions or replacements permitted.

Venues & Transport

2018 Venues


Castro Theatre

429 Castro St. at Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Transit: MUNI Metro lines K, L, & M – Castro Station // F Market streetcar // MUNI Lines 24, 33, 35, 37 // street meter parking // local parking lots


Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center

2 Marina Blvd. at Buchanan St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Transit: MUNI Lines 28, 30, 30X, 43, 47 and 49 //  Golden Gate Transit stops at the intersection of Lombard & Fillmore Streets // paid venue parking lot // street meter parking

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission St. at 3rd St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Transit: MUNI Lines 14, 15, 30, 45 and all Market St. routes. // BART & Metro - Powell or Montgomery St. Station // CalTrain Station at Fourth & Townsend is served directly by MUNI with stops on Third Street at Howard and at Mission // convenient Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, AC Transit // street meter parking // local parking lots


SF Public Library Main Branch - Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin St. at Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Transit: BART & Metro Civic Center Station // MUNI Lines 6, 7, 9, 19, 21, 71, F


Exploratorium - Kanbar Forum

Pier 15, The Embarcadero at Green St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Transit: E & F streetcars // MUNI Lines  2, 6, 14, 21, 31 // BART & Metro - Embarcadero Station // public bike racks // venue parking lot // local parking lots

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