Albany FilmFest

Albany FilmFest is a juried film festival that takes place each year in Albany, California. We are a showcase for original, compelling, independent short films from emerging and established Bay Area, national, and global filmmakers.  

Dedicated to building community, we’re a place to see movies not readily available elsewhere and to hear voices that are often under-represented. Place, climate, human relationships, music, resources, refugees, gender, age, income, housing, art ... all receive fresh, creative, and insightful exploration. 

Movie theater marquee reading Albany FilmFestAlbany’s position as a small town in the midst of an urban region rich in diversity, resources, and challenge is a tangible metaphor for the creative nexus that Albany FilmFest aspires to be. We are grateful for the valuable support of local citizens, business and government that welcomes unique perspectives. 

We nurture an atmosphere that encourages filmmakers and audience members to connect and engage. Filmmakers consistently praise Albany FilmFest as friendly, warm, and well-organized, calling our event “one of the best festival experiences I have had.” Our youth focus includes special entry categories and a beloved Kids’ Fest. 

Albany FilmFest works in collaboration with the City of Albany, the Landmark Twin Theatre, Albany’s Community Media Access & Arts Committees, and the staff of KALB channel 33. Our mission is to bridge business, community, and the arts, and to encourage diversity, originality, creativity, and open and free communication.

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