Tickets: Pay What You Can

2020 ticket prices: Taking equity and inclusion into account.

In order to make programs accessible for all, in 2019 we introduced a sliding scale ticket price for our events. This range of ticket prices is the best way to allow everyone to be able to purchase a ticket within their financial reach whilst also ensuring that we are able to continue running events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances.

You won't be asked for any proof/ID - we just ask that you are honest about your financial situation! If you purchase a ticket at the lowest end of the scale when you could afford a higher ticket price, it makes it harder for SFGFF to provide financial flexibility to those who most need it.

  • $50    I can pay it forwards so that someone who needs it can also attend
  • $25    I can pay the true cost of my seat in the theater
  • $16    I can pay the price of a regular cinema ticket
  • Free   Youth age 18 & under; Students with ID; and our Festival volunteers

Can’t afford a ticket? Contact us at [email protected] to request tickets from our Community Ticket Fund.


SFGFF 2020 Sliding Scale Tickets: What Should I Pay?
Adapted from The Green Bottle Sliding Scale by Califia Collective.

$25-$50 – Supporter Price
I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic* needs.
I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs.
I own my home or property or I rent a higher-end property.
I can afford public and private transport. If I have a car/access to a car, I can afford gas. 
I have regular access to healthcare.
I have access to financial savings.
I have an expendable** income.
I can always buy new items.
I can afford an annual vacation or take time off.

$16 – Basic Price
I may stress about meeting my basic* needs but still regularly achieve them.
I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs.
I can afford public transport and often private transport. If I have a car/access to a car, I can afford gas.
I am employed.
I have access to health care.
I might have access to financial savings.
I have some expendable** income.
I am able to buy some new items and I buy others second-hand.
I can take a vacation annually or every few years without financial burden.

I frequently stress about meeting basic* needs and don’t always achieve them.
I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs.
I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing.
I sometimes can't afford public or private transport. If I own a car/have access to a car, I am not always able to afford gas.
I am unemployed or underemployed.
I qualify for government and/or voluntary assistance including: food banks and benefits.
I have no access to savings.
I have no or very limited expendable** income.
I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them.
I cannot afford a holiday, and do not have the ability to take time off without financial burden.

*Basic Needs include food, housing, clothing and transportation.
**Expendable Income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a cafe, go to the cinema or a concert, buy new clothes, books and similar items each month, etc.