Albany FilmFest Presents: Music & FilmFest!

Albany FilmFest Presents: Music & FilmFest!

Day: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room

Admission: FREE

Sing along, tap your feet, and join us for an evening of short independent films featuring music of all kinds -- from hula to ballet to comedy rock -- from Albany FilmFest winners and finalists. This program is virtually all fan favorites, and includes perhaps our most requested film ever: My Dad's a Rocker, Zuxin Hou's compelling and inspiring documentary about her Chinese rock star father.

AFF 2017 is coming in March

Submissions open July 15, 2016

Albany (short and really short) International FilmFest is a juried film festival that takes place each year in Albany, California. We proudly showcase original, creative, fresh, and compelling independent short films from emerging and established Bay Area, national, and global filmmakers, and offer a friendly, casual format in which audiences and filmmakers can engage in conversation. Albany FilmFest screens at Landmark’s Albany Twin Theatre in Albany’s Solano Avenue Business District.

Digital submissions through FilmFreeway or Filmmaker discounts for available on FilmFreeway only.

Albany FilmFest is an ongoing project of Albany’s Community Media Access Committee, Arts Committee, and the staff of KALB-33. Our mission is to bridge business, community, and the arts, and to encourage diversity, originality, creativity, and open communication. Many, many thanks to the City of Albany, the Community Media Access Committee, KALB-33, the Albany Library, and to our generous partners in Albany and beyond!


Special Screening! BEST OF THE FEST 2016 Tuesday April 19

When: Tuesday, April 19, 7-9pm
Where: Edith Stone Room, Albany Library, 1249 Marin Ave. Albany
Admission: FREE

We are honored and excited to be able to present this free showing of award winners and favorites from this year’s Albany Film Fest. This group of films is one of the best and most varied yet, including independent films from hyperlocal (Albany!), local (San Francisco), national (L.A., Ferguson, MO), and global (Spain, Germany, UK. Singapore) filmmakers.

Films not rated – may not be suitable for young children.

The Art of Modern Dancing • Benjamin Ragasa • (3:00) (Albany)• A dance on the Albany Bulb. BEST MY OWN PRIVATE ALBANY

I Hate the Color Red • Jazmin Jamias • (19:00) • A comedy about siblings who struggle to keep their family video store in business as “red boxes” and “red envelopes” threaten its existence. FINALIST, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Winter’s Journey • Susanne Boing • Narrative Short (20:00) (Germany, subtitles) Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him. TIE FOR AUDIENCE FAVORITE

Shadows • Isaac Kerlow • (11:30) (Singapore) • A band of intruders decide to destroy the centuries-old rain forest in a single day. BEST SHORT ANIMATION

Talk to Me • Josh Knoller • (20:00) (Los Angeles) A father struggling to connect with his son learns a shocking truth when he answers his son’s cell phone. BEST YOUTH 13-17

Ferguson 365 • Christopher Phillips • (15:00) (Missouri) • This film, by a local Ferguson resident, provides context for the divided suburb’s eruption into social unrest in response to the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown Jr. BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT, BEST IN SHOW

The Weigh In • The Perez Brothers • (1:21) (Oakland) Knocking out homophobia! BEST TINY MOVIE

Cowboys • Bernabé Rico • Narrative Short • (20:00) • (Spain/UK, subtitles)  • Martin is divorced, finished as an actor, and his son hasn’t talked to him for more than a year. But one fine day he’ll get a working offer his agent will not let him pass: to be companion of a five-year-old boy in a costume contest at the Amusement Park. BEST NARRATIVE SHORT, TIE FOR AUDIENCE FAVORITEA co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

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And the award goes to . . .

The 6th Annual Abany FilmFest is over. Congratulations to all of the wonderful filmmakers who shared their films with us in 2016!


Best in Show: Christopher Phillips, FERGUSON 365

Best Narrative Short: Bernabe Rico, COWBOYS

Best Documentary Short: Christopher Phillips, FERGUSON 365

Best Animated Short: Isaac Kerlow, SHADOWS

Best Tiny Movie: Hart Perez, THE WEIGH IN

Best My Own Private Albany: Benjamin Ragasa, THE ART OF MODERN DANCING

Best Short Film Youth 13-17: Josh Knoller, TALK TO ME

Audience Favorite: Tie! Bernabe Rico, COWBOYS & Susanne Boeing, WINTER’S JOURNEY

2016 Albany Spirit Award: Linda Reeves, BONES AND SKINS


Best of The Albany FilmFest 2015 (plus extras!) at Rhythmix in Alameda Saturday March 5

When: Saturday, March 5

Time: 2 pm-4 pm

Where: Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda

Cost: Free! RSVP required.

Info: or 510.865.5060

A sci-fi cooking show, a medical/botanical complaint, a sensitive drama about a young girl struggling to save her family, a look at the world of Children of Deaf Adults (CODA), an animation about a criminal with a problem, and a rare and inspiring look at the survival of a Chinese rock star.

Get a free taste of the eclectic variety of original independent local, national and international short (and very short) films in this compilation of the best selections from Albany FilmFest 2015 (plus a few extras).

Bonus: The chance to win an All-Screening Pass ($40 value) to the Sixth Annual Albany FilmFest (short and very short films), screening at Landmark’s Albany Twin Theater on March 20.

“Selected Youth Shorts from Camp Reel Stories”: Inspiring, empowering

When: Tuesday, February 16, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room. 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany

Admission: Free

All ages welcome.

Camp Reel Stories believes that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in the media they will be better reflected on the screen. Get ready to be inspired and empowered!

Watch some of the amazing short films created by 12- to18-year-old girls from all over the Bay Area (including Albany!) at Camp Reel Stories – A Media Camp for Girls. Working in small, collaborative production companies and mentored by leaders in the film and television industry, these media camps for girls in Oakland give young women the skills to make their own media, view current media more critically and thoughtfully and to aspire to leadership. A Q&A with young filmmakers follows the films.

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A co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

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“The Sum Total of Our Memory”: Touching, Informative Documentary on Couples Coping with Early Alzheimer’s + Filmmaker Q&A

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Edith Stone Room, Albany Library, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany

Admission: Free

How do couples cope when one partner is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? San Francisco filmmaker Barbara Klutinis’ touching and informative short film The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer’s Together explores how three couples affected by a partner’s recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s come to terms with their changing roles.

Klutinis came to this subject when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010. Feeling alone and isolated, and the couple joined an Early Alzheimer’s support group in San Francisco. “I began to see that I was not the only one who was experiencing a sense of grief, despair, helplessness, and terror,” she says. “I also realized that, as a filmmaker, I was privy to a select group of people whose paths I would never have crossed had it not been for this disease. . . In the past, I had seen films about Alzheimer’s, but most of them were about aging parents. Few of them addressed married couples like Jerry and I, and what it was like in terms of our changing roles as a couple.”

Her 60-minute film (an expanded version of a short film that was a favorite of many at last year’s Albany FilmFest), also includes the input of medical professionals. Prominent Alzheimer’s medical experts from UCSF and California Pacific Medical Center offer their perspectives on diagnosis, the nature of the disease in the aging brain, helpful attitudes in caring for loved ones, stigma, support for caregivers, clinical trials, and overall healthcare concerns.

You are invited to stay after the film for an audience Q&A with the director.

A co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.


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Tuesday, October 20: Waylon Bacon’s free special FX workshop in Avlbany!

When: Tuesday, October 20, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany CA

Albany FilmFest Presents: Low-budget Special FX for your low-budget film

Need some special effect hacks for your no-cost film? Waylon Bacon (director of outrageous, morbid short films like the award-winning Help Wanted and Poster Boy, and storyboard artist for horror films like 2011’s Excision) brings his love of monsters, special effects, and low budget filmmaking to lead this one-of-a-kind workshop in how to make cheap special effects for your low-budget film.

Learn everything from how to create masks using duct tape and bed foam to hands-on work with  basic drawing skills you can use to storyboard your scenes effectively and save time on set! Class will include videos clips from Poster Boy, My Worst Nightmare, and Help Wanted, and exclusive footage from his new short, The Ride. All ages welcome. (Parental supervision please! May be too strong for younger children.)

AFF PRESENTS: Josh Kornbluth’s “The Mathematics of Change”

Performance film + live Q&A with Josh

Acclaimed comic monologuist Josh Kornbluth appears in person with his performance film THE MATHEMATICS OF CHANGE, the uproarious and moving story of a young aspiring mathematician who unexpectedly discovers his limits as a Princeton University freshman. Admission is FREE!

Albany Community Center

1249 Marin Ave, Albany, California 94706