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Albany (short and really short) International FilmFest is a juried film festival that takes place each year in Albany, California. We are proud to showcase original, creative, fresh, and compelling independent short films from emerging and established Bay Area, national, and global filmmakers. We nurture a warm, friendly atmosphere this encourages filmmakers and audience members to connect and engage. Filmmakers consistently praise Albany FilmFest as friendly, warm, and well-organized, calling our event "one of the best festival experiences I have had.

We began in 2011 with modest goals, envisioning a small, local film festival aimed at getting local residents excited about the idea of telling stories through film. Our one-day screening was held at the Albany Community Center and everyone enjoyed the free popcorn. We grew organically and quickly from one day to several days to an entire week, screening a mix of submitted and curated films. Along the way we have become home to original films and talented filmmakers, encouraging young filmmakers and media education, and keeping the conversation going.

We've also kept our Albany storytelling goal growing through Albany Filmmakers Showcase, a free and noncompetitive way for our Albany citizens of all ages to tell their stories on film and see them on the big screen.

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 and free communication.

We accept digital submissions only through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.com.

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