UPDATE: This year, due to the pandemic and world wide difficulties, our fees have decreased significantly to encourage filmmaking as an art form desperately needed to sustain a fair and equitable world. Artists dream for all of us.

This annual Festival, now held online from the San Francisco, Bay Area, in California, 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 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 filmmaking 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 your film qualifies for to win. We have Short or Feature. Drama or Comedy.
Awards for:
Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Director.

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
  • Andy Wolk

    Thanks so much to the BAFF and the recognition for Tony Amendola's superb performance in ROUGH MAGIC: EXIT SHAKESPEARE. Really appreciated all the care that went into the festival's process iand to their emphasis on acting which is what we are all ultimately interested in.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    You are so welcome. Stellar work. Keep going. Best to you all in the new year.
    I love acting.

  • Kathern Dahlstrom

    Amazing. Kind. Organized. and very beautiful people to work with.

    October 2020
  • Dezmyre Volmeus

    Best First time experience!!!!! I am so thankful for the acknowledgment! Our film “Lost and Found” won two awards! I will definitely be submitting again in the future. Thank you for an amazing platform!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    We are really happy for you. This was our last year. Our festival ran 10 years and we all really loved it. Be well and keep going.

  • Eddie Shieh

    Wonderful festival created by actors for actors. Regardless of limitations by COVID19, Shari Carlson and the festival team gave the filmmakers warmth and enthusiasm. Also grateful to be this year's Best Director recipient for our comedy IN SYNC. But it begins and ends with actors. We hope to be back.

    October 2020
  • Eric Santos

    Thank you for such a great experience. Though we had to do the event by Zoom, it was a great event and evening. We appreciated being given the award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Feature Drama. The actors were so excited. Is it possible to share a link of the awards night so i can share?

    October 2020