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Atheist Film Festival (San Francisco)

The Atheist Film Festival, created in 2009, is world’s first film festival dedicated to showcasing feature films, documentaries, shorts and animated cinema created especially for the secular community.

Whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, secular humanist, heathen, heretic, bright or just a fan of fresh, offbeat cinema that celebrates and encourages reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry both inside and outside of the movie theater, the Atheist Film Festival is for you.

Line Up

The Atheist Film Festival (AFF) welcomes one of our best lineups yet for the festival’s 5th anniversary in 2013. From a dramatized take on Charles Darwin’s life to a depressingly true account of religious fundamentalists’ attempts to infiltrate public schools, the films selected for the 5th Annual Atheist Film Festival continue to raise questions and break rules.

Featured films include

•  The Revisionaries: The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.  Dir. Scott Thurman, 92 min, 2012. 

• Hug An Atheist: This world premier is a documentary film about atheism in the USA, dispelling the myths and untruths following ordinary American atheists on their journey through life.  Dir. Sylvia Broeckx, 2013 (post-production)

• Sophia Investigates the Good News Club:  A window on the religious fundamentalism that is forcing public schools to subsidize and promote its agenda.  Dir. Scott Burdick, 36 min, 2012

• Kūmāré A feature documentary film about the time filmmaker Vikram Gandhi impersonated a fake guru and built a following of real people.  Dir. Vikram Ghandi, 84 min, 2011

• Creation:  English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to find a balance between his revolutionary theories on evolution and the relationship with religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work.  Dir. Jon Amiel, 108 min, 2009

• The Magdalene Sisters:  In this film based on real-life events, three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum. Dir. Peter Mullan, 119 min, 2002

Special Guests:

•  Sylvia Broeckx, Director

• Scott Thurman, Director

• Sophia Winkler, Reporter

Learn more about the films and watch the trailers here.

Directors' Reception

Why not join us a day early for our Directors’ Reception on Friday, September 13 at the historic Bowman House in Cow Hollow? You’ll have the opportunity to schmooze with our special guests and other festival-goers in a beautiful setting while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. Just $65 gets you an all-day festival pass and admission to the party. Check out photos from the 2012 and 2011 parties on our Facebook page.


Early fans can buy all-day passes and entry to the Directors' Reception through Brown Paper Tickets.

Reception + Festival Pass is $65
Reception Only is $35
Festival Pass is $40

Tickets for individual movies will be available closer to the event date.


Our very own David Diskin is the volunteer coordinator. If you would like more information on FREE admission in exchange for volunteering, please email [masked].

Other Details

More details may be available on the official website or on their page on Facebook.

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  • Jane R.

    Great party -- so many interesting people and really delicious food, and I really enjoyed the previews and the introduction of some of those involved in making the films. Saw two of the films and thought they were well-worth seeing. The festival gets better every year. Thanks to all who make it happen!

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Susan F.

    Excellent party and festival-- great work everyone!

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • David D.

    What an event! I think this might have been the best AFF ever!

    Big thanks to the volunteers who helped make this possible.

    Don't forget to mark your calendars for Sacramento Freethought Day (Oct 12) and the Lobby Day and Reception that precede it (Oct 11).

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Brian G.

    Thanks Dave all those who helped! Had a great time.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Mike P.

    Just great! so glad i came back this year.

    2 · September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make it now

    September 10, 2013

    • Mike P.

      :-( well, have a great day any how.

      September 13, 2013

  • Mike P.

    Will be at tonight's gathering and will make it to most of saturday's films. Haven't had time to map out the entire day's films but am trying to figure out when i can catch lunch / dinner during the day. Will probably try the Thai place on Valencia St.

    September 13, 2013

  • larry

    Line up of films this year is fantastic. World premier of Hug an Atheist! Evolution, education tampering, cruel nuns, false gurus, and lots more.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Kerry

    I'm there! Remember to get tickets beforehand (prices go up at the door):

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • John R.

    I just joined and will be attending this event. I know that CCAF members will be there too.

    2 · August 26, 2013

  • Greta C.

    Ingrid and I will be there for most of the day, if not all of it!

    4 · August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will announce with the Atheist Community of San Jose and see if we can get a group of us to attend together

    5 · August 3, 2013

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