Filmmakers have lauded Albany FilmFest “one of the best festival experiences I have had” and “an absolute gem of a festival." Our festival, now in its fourteenth year, is multicultural, multi-voiced celebration of independent short films from the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. We welcome submissions from filmmakers of all ages, encouraging conversation, community, and engagement between the filmmakers and our interested, enthusiastic film-goers.

The vision and voice of artists is essential to a vibrant society. Each year, we see film submissions that reflect the zeitgeist, evoke engagement and conversation, empower connection, and entertain us with the wide-ranging mix of subject matter that reflects their makers’ passions. Our always eclectic mix of drama, comedy, documentary, and animation embraces and explores the many and varied concerns of the world we live in: climate, communities in transition, visual arts, music, dance, the LGBTQ+ community, aging, social justice, and more.

In addition to our always eclectic mix of drama, comedy, documentary, and animation, AFF2024 will feature an Albany GreenFest program of short films spotlighting our changing planet. For the third consecutive year, in addition to cash awards for best in category, we will also present the Joseph Andre McCord Award to the best short film on themes of social justice and racial equity.

Albany, California, is home to friendly businesses, award-winning restaurants, and both funky and upscale bars. We're right next door to Berkeley, directly across from the Golden Gate Bridge, and just a few blocks from our venue in El Cerrito. Hope to see you there!

Best Narrative Short = $250
Best Documentary Short = $250
Best Animated Short = $250
Best Tiny Movie = $250
Best in Show = $350
Youth 6-12 = $150
Youth 13-17 = $150
Joseph Andre McCord Award = $250

Please note: Only filmmakers with valid US tax ID are eligible for cash prizes.


AFFFF50: Filmmakers whose films were accepted and shown at previous Albany FilmFest screenings are eligible for a 50% submission fee reduction for new films.

AFFSTUDENT: $10 discount on submission fees for college/film school students. MUST provide proof (valid current student ID)

AFFSCHOOL: 50% submission fee reduction for youth films submitted by camps and schools.

No other waivers or exceptions will be granted.

In submitting this film, the filmmaker represents that they are authorized to submit this film for screening at the 2024 Albany FilmFest and acknowledges and agrees to the following:
(a) All films submitted to the Albany Film Festival and selected for screening may be screened more than once during the festival and may also be screened at our Best of the Fest events, at promotional screenings, and on any associated online outlets. Filmmakers may opt-out to the replaying of films in writing to Albany FilmFest at before October 1, 2024.
(b) Filmmaker grants Albany FilmFest the nonexclusive right to use any content from films accepted for screening and their accompanying materials (such as stills and biographical data) as well as media from the Gala and Festival for publicity and promotional purposes.
(c) Filmmaker warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agrees to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend Albany FilmFest and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.
The filmmaker acknowledges that the film submission fee does not guarantee acceptance and no refund will be provided if a film is not selected.
To be considered for the Albany Filmmakers Showcase category, filmmakers must be residents or former residents of Albany, California, and must indicate the nature of their Albany connection in the cover letter section. Submissions not meeting these specifications will be ineligible for screening.

Overall Rating
  • Grace Walcott

    This festival was a wonderful experience for me! It is run by a team of dedicated film aficionados. They were supportive, great communicators, warm and enthusiastic. Their publicist Timothy Buckwalter did a great job promoting my film. A Big Thanks for the experience!!

    October 2023
  • I'm probably just shy, but networking was a little difficult for me here in the gala environment. other than that, everything was excellent and I had a great time!

    October 2023
  • Craig Billmeier

    Excellent festival! Great communicators and passionate film folk who seem (rightfully) proud being an Albany institution. We'd been attending the festival as fans for years and were fortunate enough to be included in the 2022 program, so we got to experience both sides of their festival and both were equally enjoyable! Plus the crowds coming to the festival are lively and participatory.

    October 2022
  • David Baram

    An absolute gem of a festival!; true film lovers and extremely welcoming to filmmakers. Don't miss AFF!

    October 2022
  • Fu Yang

    AFF is a very kind and friendly filmmaking community celebrating storytelling and open to brave ideas! The networking and communication are so sincere and efficient. Every selected film is unique and powerful so I truly feel lucky and honored to be part of 2020's program. Thank you very much for having 'TellTale' be this year's Best Animated Short!

    July 2020