The NBAFF 2017 Weekend Experience will take place on October 6th, 7th and 8th


The North Bay Art and Film Festival (NBAFF) is an annual three day event showcasing independent films and select artisans from Northern California. The event was created by independent filmmakers with the sole purpose to showcase and screen new and upcoming talent.

The Festival will be held in the artistic waterfront town of Benicia, California in the historical Arsenal district, where there is a campus comprised of two former military venues. The first venue is the Commanding Officer’s Quarters, now home to Carter’s Biz Cafes, a cutting-edge, co-working and business development center. The second venue is the Clock  Tower Building, a former armory site.

Storytellers from all around the globe are being invited to submit their short (less than twenty minutes) films to this 2017 weekend experience!

You can check out for the “buzz” on submitting films to the festival!


Filmmakers: submit your short film now!

To date we’ve received films from China, France, Iran, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

So, wrap it up, git ‘er done, put it in the can and submit your best to us at the North Bay Art & Film Festival at before May 31st to take advantage of the regular $35.00 submission fee. Also, if you are and artist or artisan, please reach out if you wish to secure a booth to display or sell your works. This year, we expect over 3,000 attendees and visitors. We are the place to be on October 6-8, 2017.



Awards & Prizes

Jury prizes will be awarded for the best film submissions of 20 minutes or less. If short-listed for a Jury Prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided by the submitting party if requested by the North Bay Art and Film Festival. Recognition prizes will be awarded to all winners and finalists.













All screenings will take place at:

Carter’s Biz Cafés
1 Commandants Lane
Benicia, CA 94510

Volunteer Positions Are Open!

DO YOU HAVE A LOVE FOR FILM AND THE ARTS?  The North Bay Art and Film Festival would like to invite you to join our onsite team the weekend of October 7th and 8th – we welcome volunteers from all walks of life! READ MORE


Casablanca Casbah – NBAFF 2017 Opening Reception

Schmooze with Bogart & Bergman at the elegant cafe. READ MORE


Competition Film Screenings and Showcase Films

A three-day, action packed screening of all of the Award Winning and Honorable Mention films! Plus special showcase and documentary film screenings! View our Festival Schedule here


Virtual Reality Experience

Experience the latest innovation in filmmaking and film viewing. Virtual reality offers a new way to immerse yourself into the world of cinema. Pop into the free VR Demo Room throughout the day to experience this new technology.


It’s a Wrap Awards Ceremony and Reception

Join us in celebrating this year’s illustrious winners and giving them their well-deserved recognition!
We’ll have it all – a fun award ceremony, photo ops, the bubbly along with gourmet nibbles combined with your enthusiasm to launch our winners to their next artistic endeavor! BUY TICKETS