The Alameda International Film Festival celebrates independent filmmaking with an annual festival held in February in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Festival is committed to exposing exciting new films to wider audiences. Last year's packed house watched submissions from filmmakers well established in the industry as well as directors and film students just starting out.

The film festival was first conceived in the late autumn of 2007 by several friends and artists gathered at an old Victorian home in the island city of Alameda, just next to Oakland, and across the bay from San Francisco.

In the last 11 years, the festival has grown dramatically. In 2018, we offered 10 days of classic film, independent features and shorts, guest artists, and parties with hundreds of attendees present.

We look forward to continuing to grow with the support of the filmmaking community. We can't wait to find out what we'll be showing next year!

Cash prizes up to $3,000.00 USD across several categories

The Alameda International Film Festival accepts live action and animated films in any genre. (Trailers may be submitted for screening at the festival but will not be considered for prizes/awards. Please do not submit episodes in a series.)

This year the festival is looking for films in several different categories:

Films that are 1 second to 14 minutes, 59 seconds

Films that are 15 to 30 minutes

Films that are 30 plus minutes to 45 minutes

Films that are 45 plus minutes


**Note, Filmmakers who have been official selections at prior Alameda International Film Festival/Long Day Short Film Festivals, 2011-2018, should contact us directly for submission to avoid submission fee.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you Colin Blake and Mark Farrell. They love filmmakers and were truly welcoming! The festival was tightly run with finely led talk-backs. One of our favorites. Will def submit to again and again.

    January 2019
  • arman fayyz

    One of the most enjoyable festivals I have attended. Regular and fascinating and amazing

    November 2018
  • Heather Cassano

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend with my film this year, but will definitely be applying to future versions of this festival with new projects. The organizers were very communicative and seemed to champion independent film. The films selected were high quality and interesting. I was honored to accept a jury prize from this festival. Hoping to attend in person in the future!

    November 2018
  • Cameron Thuman

    Attending this year was truly a remarkable time! The Festival was very well run with a diverse line up of both domestic and foreign films that had enjoyable Q/As. Overall, it's everything you'd want out of a festival and also in easy walking distance to some great restaurants.

    November 2018
  • nicholas gianforti

    Amazing! Mark and his staff are very communicative and supportive. They found filmmakers places to stay and created a warm and welcoming environment!

    December 2017