Be there for this ongoing series of free film nights and in-person director talks. Mark your calendar for the last Tuesday of every month through November, 7-9pm, at the Albany Library, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA. Projection quality is stellar, seating is limited, and admission is free, so get there early!
And . . . we’re BACK!
The 4th Annual Albany FilmFest is now open for submissions. Films will be screened March 1, 2014.
Filmmakers of all ages are welcome – this means you! See the FAQ for details. All entries accepted via withoutabox.com.
BEST IN SHOW: Naga Kataru, The Color of Moonlight
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: Clayton Brown, Galileo’s Grave
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Naga Kataru, The Color of Moonlight
Honorable mention, Documentary Short: Gary Turchin, The Healthiest Man on Earth
BEST SHORT ANIMATION: Joshua Jones, Make it a Great Day
BEST TINY MOVIE: Neil Cronin, Fluffy
BEST SHORT FILM YOUTH 13-17: Devon Halliday, The Bystander
Honorable Mention, Youth 13-17: Rachel Linehan, the Inspiration of Charlotte Burke
BEST SHORT FILM YOUTH 6-12: Pierre Schantz, Small vs. Big
AUDIENCE FAVORITE: Gary Turchin, The Healthiest Man on Earth
Honorable Mention, Audience Favorite: Tucker Lucas, First Mow
The Albany FilmFest is here! Gala Friday, Screenings Saturday — both at the totally transformed for the occasion Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany (California!). See you there!
Our program this year includes several selected winners and audience favorites from 2011 and 2012 (noted on the program). We are especially excited to give an encore to two (very) short animated films by Academy Award-nominated animator (and beloved FilmFest judge) GeeFwee Boedoe: The 50s’-style satire Let’s Pollute, and Bought Some Cheese, based on a story by his young daughter.
Boedoe began his professional career in the animation industry as a hand-drawn animator for Walt Disney Studios. Since that time he has worked in Story and/or Visual Development for Pixar, ILM, DreamWorks, and others. Both his character and environment designs for film have been published in books, including The Art of Monsters Inc., The Art of The Incredibles, and The Art of Finding Nemo. A number of his paintings and drawings were also selected for exhibition at MOMA in New York as part of a Pixar Art retrospective. The Opening Title Sequence to Monsters Inc., which received high critical acclaim, was conceived, storyboarded, and designed by Geefwee Boedoe, who also directed the animation.
We are excited to host two award-winning special guests: Composer, writer, and filmmaker Quique Cruz, and East Bay filmmaker Rick Tejada-Flores will be in conversation and show their short films from 3-4 p.m. at our screening on Saturday, March 2.
Cruz, a Chilean-born musical composer/multi-instrumentalist and writer, was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured during the brutal regime of General Augusto Pinochet. But unlike many of the so-called “disappeared,” Cruz came back to tell about his experience in movies like Archeology of Memory, co-produced and directed with Berkeley documentary filmmaker Marilyn Mulford.
Cruz has performed, taught, and recorded music since the age of fourteen. In addition, he has created, participated and consulted in multimedia productions involving theater, dance, and visual arts and film. He received the prestigious Oshita Composer Fellowship from the Djerassi Foundation (2002). He is presently a National Endowment for the Arts fellow He currently teaches in the Bay Area, and is the leader of the latino fusion jazz trio Quijerema.
Rick Tejada-Flores is an award-winning East Bay filmmaker whose documentaries on cultural history and minority issues have been shown nationally on PBS stations. His many production credits include Low ‘N Slow, The Art of Lowriding; Go Chanting, Libre; Rivera In America, a documentary on the work of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera in the United States; and Jasper Johns, Ideas In Paint, aired on the PBS series AMERICAN MASTERS. Rivera In America won Best Film for TV in the National Latino Film and Video Festival.
In 1992 Tejada-Flores directed three films on Hispanic history and culture in New Mexico for the American Encounters exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. Tejada-Flores was awarded the 1990 James Phelan Award for Video, and a CINE Golden Eagle.
Need a taste of FilmFest before March 2? Join us on Friday February 8 from 8 to 9:30 pm at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda for a special screening of selected family-friendly favorites from our first two years. Popcorn! Details: www.rhythmix.org
We’re excited to announce the official opening of the Call for Entries for Albany FilmFest 2013.
Once again, we’re accepting short film submissions from filmmakers of all ages, from all over the United States. Click one of the “Submit” buttons at the top of the page and get all the details on categories, deadlines, fees, and more.