8th Annual

Albany FilmFest

March 18, 2018 to April 25, 2018

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1249 Marin Ave.
Attn: KALB
Albany CA 94706
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Phone: 510-559-4272
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http://www.albanyfilmfest.org

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Short
Comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, mockumentry . . . Narrative films of virtually any genre qualify for this category. No music videos. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes. Entry Fee Waiver: The submission fee is waived for films that have 50% or more of the film footage shot in Albany, California. Filmmakers whose films have been accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films submitted. No other waivers or exceptions will be granted. Please do not ask.
Documentary Short
Nonfiction films on any topic. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes. Entry Fee Waiver: The submission fee is waived for films that have 50% or more of the film footage shot in Albany, California. Filmmakers whose films have been accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films submitted. No other waivers or exceptions will be granted. Please do not ask.
Animated short
All animation techniques, styles, genres, and subject matter qualify for this category. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes.Filmmakers whose films have been accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films submitted.
My Own Private Albany
What's your Albany story? Show us how you see Albany, California: People, places, events, your own experiences . . . All genres are acceptable in this category. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes. Entry Fee Waiver: The submission fee is waived for films that have 50% or more of the film footage shot in Albany, California. Filmmakers whose films have been accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films submitted. No other waivers or exceptions will be granted. Please do not ask.
Youth, 6-12
Filmmaker must be between the ages of ages of 6-12 when the film was made. You will be judged with your peers. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes for Narrative, Documentary, Animated Short, and My Own Private Albany; no longer than 3 minutes for Tiny Movie. Entry Fee Waiver: The submission fee is waived for films that have 50% or more of the film footage shot in Albany, California. Filmmakers whose films have been accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films submitted. No other waivers or exceptions will be granted.
Youth 13-17
A film in any of the above categories. You will be judged with your peers. Filmmaker must be between the ages of ages of 13-17 or a high school senior when the film was made. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes for narrative, documentary, and animated shorts; no longer than 3 minutes for Tiny Movies. Entry Fee Waiver: The submission fee is waived for films that have 50% or more of the film footage shot in Albany, California. Filmmakers whose films have been accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films submitted. No other waivers or exceptions will be granted.
Tiny Movies
Any genre. Web shows are accepted but will be judged according to the parameters of this category. Films must be no longer than 3 minutes.

Entry Fee Waiver: The submission fee is waived for films that have 50% or more of the film footage shot in Albany, California. Filmmakers whose films have been accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films submitted.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Albany FilmFest is an international juried festival of original, creative, and independent short (and really short) films, and we welcomes emerging and experienced filmmakers of all ages. Our
ongoing mission is to support creative expression and open communication within Albany, to create mutually beneficial connections between the arts and Albany’s education and business communities, and to connect across borders with the greater SF Bay Area and the world at large.

Under the guidance of the City of Albany's Community Media Access Committee, Albany FilmFest works to encourage creative storytelling through filmmaking in our community. We share our films on KALB (cablecast) and streaming online. Our two Albany categories (one competitive, one non-competitive) showcase just how creative our community can be. Our two Youth filmmaking categories, special Albany FilmFest children's screenings, and youth filmmaking outreach to schools underscore our goal to support and encourage youth media arts education.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Albany FilmFest is an annual international juried short (and very short) film festival that takes place each year in Albany, California. We invite creative, fresh, and compelling independent short film submissions from emerging and established Bay Area, national, and global filmmakers, and offer two youth filmmaker categories. Our selection panel watches every film that is submitted.

During our week of special screenings we present a mix of specially curated and juried films, including feature films, and offer a format that leaves plenty of room for audiences and filmmakers engage in conversation.

Filmmakers consistently praise Albany FilmFest as friendly, warm, and well-organized, calling our event "one of the best festival experiences I have had." "Of all the festivals we attended this year, Albany FilmFest was the most personable and enjoyable."

Albany FilmFest screens at Landmark's deco-era Albany Twin Theatre in Albany's Solano Avenue Business District.Our quirky little 1-square-mile city is in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area — right next door to Berkeley, directly across from the Golden Gate Bridge, and a short drive from the Wine Country. We’ve been working to build community and to encourage creative expression and conversation inside and outside Albany since 2011.

Albany FilmFest is a true filmmaker's festival, and we take your work seriously -- our screening team watches every film that's submitted before selecting finalists. Our stellar panel of judges is composed of award-winning filmmakers and industry professionals. Past jury panels have included the late, great documentary filmmaker Les Blank and Academy-Award-winning animator GeeFwee Boedoe.

Filmmaker panels in which audience members can engage with filmmakers are a highlight of our screenings. We’ve had winning films from all over – including filmmakers from Spain, Singapore, New York, Ferguson, Missouri, and, yes, Albany. We are especially proud that visiting filmmakers from around the world continue to reference our friendly, personal vibe.

AFF is a volunteer project of the City of Albany’s Community Media Access Committee in conjunction with the City of Albany and cable channel KALB. Albany FilmFest works to encourage creative storytelling through filmmaking in our community, and we share our films on KALB, both on cable television and streaming online.

Our two Albany categories (one competitive, one non-competitive) showcase just how creative our community can be. Our two Youth filmmaking categories, special Albany FilmFest children's screenings, and youth filmmaking outreach to schools underscore our goal to support and encourage youth media arts education.


ORGANIZERS

Naomi Sigal

GENERAL RULES

KALB and the City of Albany reserve the right to use any content from submissions as well as media from the Opening Gala and Festival for publicity and promotional purposes. All films submitted to the Albany Film Festival may be played on the KALB public access channel including any associated online outlets. Anyone may opt-out to the replaying of films in writing to KALB (1249 Marin Ave. Albany, CA 94706) before March 25, 2018.

You must have rights to all content in submissions. KALB and the City of Albany is not liable for any content that was submitted without proper rights.

Entry Fee Waivers:

* Filmmakers whose films have 50% or more of the footage shot in Albany, California, are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction.
* Filmmakers whose films were accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films.
* $10 discount on submission fees for college/film school students. MUST provide proof (valid current student ID)

No other waivers or exceptions will be granted.

Cash Prize Eligibility: Only filmmakers with valid US tax ID are eligible for cash prizes.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

KALB and the City of Albany reserve the right to use any content from submissions as well as media from the Opening Gala and Festival for publicity and promotional purposes. All films submitted to the Albany Film Festival may be played on the KALB public access channel including any associated online outlets. Anyone may opt-out to the replaying of films in writing to KALB (1249 Marin Ave. Albany, CA 94706) before March 25, 2017.

You must have rights to all content in submissions. KALB and the City of Albany is not liable for any content that was submitted without proper rights.

Entry Fee Waivers:

* Filmmakers whose films have 50% or more of the footage shot in Albany, California, are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction.
* Filmmakers whose films were accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films.
* $10 discount on submission fees for college/film school students. MUST provide proof (valid current student ID)

No other waivers or exceptions will be granted..

Cash Prize Eligibility: Only filmmakers with valid US tax ID are eligible for cash prizes.