This annual Festival, held in the San Francisco, California Union Square District , is a tribute to the performers and directors of your film. Best Actors Film Festival is created to entice film makers to reward the performers in their film in a way that truly acknowledges their work. Celebrate with us your actors and directors by recognizing their craft and commitment to their work. Shari Carlson, the Creative Director of the Film Festival, has over 30 years of mastery training actors. A filmmaker herself, Shari designed this Festival to appreciate the talented team of Actors and Directors and all the work that goes into making unique, inspiring, and entertaining films.

Our Mission: The Best Actors Film Festival is committed to celebrating excellence in creativity and passion within the craft of acting and directing independent films. Our festival focuses on recognition for the performances and contribution of Actors and Directors in the film making process. All Actors and first time writer/directors are encouraged to submit their films.

All Actors in All Films submitted compete for our highest award. Best Actor of the Best Actors Film Festival. Submit to the category you film qualifies for to win. We have Short or Feature. Drama or Comedy or Dramedy. Best Actors, Best Supporting Actors, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Director. We have a sponsor package that goes to the Best Actors and Supporting Actors of the Best Actors Film Festival, including a year membership to iActing Studio.

The Best Actors Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt or clip from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for viewing and promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for consideration, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless from and against The Best Actors Film Festival any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening copies entered.
The Best Actors Film Festival Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted.

We accept all genres of film and video including, but not limited to narrative, experimental, fantasy, film noir, musical, western, action, adventure, comedy, drama, dramedy, mystery, thriller, biography, crime, parody, children's, etc.

All categories will be awarded. Need not be present to win.

Overall Rating
  • M. Shay Stout

    I had a wonderful time at the festival. I traveled all the way from Arkansas and was warmly welcomed by the other entrants and Jeff and Shari. Definitely recommend making the trip! You guys rock!

    February 2019
  • Michael Boston

    Shari Carlson, the festival director, is herself an actress and teacher with her own studio in San Francisco, and this is the core of her festival. She lives and breathes acting and its obvious she cares deeply of the craft and those that participate in it. It really was an honor to be considered and to be a part of the BAFF in 2017. The ceremonies held looked way beyond fun and I wished I could have been able to attend but was working on a project the same weekend. They shared info throughout on social media for those unable to be there. I highly recommend BAFF, a very original fest from a dedicated acting teacher and staff!

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Michael we really appreciated your participation in our 2017 festival and thank you for your comments