BASH - Bay Area Shorts Film Festival, the Annual BASH Film Festival will continue its tradition of showcasing a diverse sampling of BAY AREA made shorts and mini features, award-winning directors along with amateurs breaking in the industry and blowing everyone away. From EPIC Comedies, Horrors to Serious Dramas, and Documentaries our selections are eclectic and all across the board!!!!

Audience choice winners for each section will compete to win Best of 2020 during our MMTB Screening at the end of the night (Winning Filmmakers Get Two Free Passes). Winners will be announced at the end of the night and given their 2020 BASH Award. Some will also be selected as Semi-Finalists and will get to screen at the MMTB Theater.

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Operated by Landmark since 1994. The building that the Albany Theatre occupies was built in the 1920s, originally as a meeting hall and then a dance hall with live music. In 1935, the building was converted to the new home of the Albany Theatre, which had occupied a small one-story wooden building down the block since around 1914. Structurally it stayed much the same over the years, until the conversion of the balcony into the second auditorium in 1979. More recent improvements have both helped to regain some of the classical charm of the Albany as well as to ensure that everyone has a state of the art movie-going experience. Located in the heart of Albany, and acting as a centerpiece for the downtown area, the Albany is in easy walking distance of a wide variety of eating establishments, from a whole host of different culinary traditions.

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PARKING: Ample free street parking is available. A parking lot positioned behind the theatre is available after 1:00pm on weekdays and all day on weekends as well. (The entrance to the parking lot is on Kains, a one way street.)

Public Transportation: The closest Bart station is the El Cerrito Plaza, which requires a one mile walk south down San Pablo until you reach Solano. Turn Left on Solano. The 18, 72, 72M, 72R, 800 and the G AC transit lines will get you to the Albany or within a block of the Albany.

Audience choice winners from both screenings will screen and compete to get a Trophy and continue to screen a few more times throughout the year at our various festivals throughout the Bay! Winners that haven't participated in our Monthly film challenges get 2 free passes to a future production challenge of their choice. Audience choice winners, will compete for best of the Bay against 1 other film picked that year.


**Important to fill out the filmmaker info for the submission, if it is not stated with proof, or clearly made in the Bay Area or 60 mile radius, it will be automatically put in the 'no' pile. Films won't be watched all the way through if it is not clear within a few minutes or, if not stated in the info section of the film. STRICTLY Bay Area.. Thanks!


Overall Rating
  • Chad Janusch

    BASH is an exciting showcase of locally produced short films. You can sense the energy in the theater from the moment you walk in and throughout the screenings. I attended both days and it was well worth it. There is just so much talent in the Bay Area. Kudos to all filmmakers who are selected for BASH Bay Area Short Film Festival.

    December 2019
  • Sweet local film festival! I've attended the screenings of my films in 2018 and 2019, and both times the experience was great - welcoming audience of filmmakers and film lovers, and decent selection of diverse shorts.

    December 2019
  • Thank you so very, very much for selecting our film SELFIES FEVER! I wished I was there at the festival but I had to make a serious short film and unfortunately, moving around the actors' schedules for something like that would have been impossible. Anyway, much appreciated and hope to send more of my work in the near future.

    December 2019
  • Edward Green

    This was a great Festival. To see the films screen in an actual theater was amazing. The audience was great and Elena was an amazing host. My short film received audience choice winner amongst films that were amazing. I was honored and will definitely be attending future festivals. Great experience.

    December 2019
  • This is a little festival that deserves support and growth. Most of the films were worth seeing and the convivial atmosphere lent itself to connecting with other filmmakers. Here's hoping BASH continues to expand and prosper!

    July 2018