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Backyard Films | Short Film Screenings in the Bay Area
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Bay Area Film Series

Backyard Films is a regular film screening and party featuring a slate of short films by local filmmakers. Our goal is to showcase great short films that don’t often get the distribution they deserve in fun, non-traditional venues and to have an awesome time doing it.  Scroll down for info about our upcoming screening, check out films from our past screenings, and learn how to submit your short film.
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Upcoming Screening

Sunday April 10, 2016

Backyard Films will screen another hour of short films by Bay Area filmmakers on Sunday April 10 at Speakeasy Brewery in San Francisco.  RSVP on Facebook, or just show up!  We’ll be taking over the outdoor space in front of the Brewery with live music and a DJ.

4 – 6pm: HAPPY HOUR ($3 pints, music)
7:30 – 8:30pm: Screening ($4 pints, Pizza and movie snacks by Christopher’s Fine Catering)
8:30 – 10pm: Hang out + drink beer

Screening is FREE. The taproom is 21+ but the screening is all ages.  Donations welcome.

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  • White Earth
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Recent Screenings

Films and filmmakers

*To see all past screenings go here

October 2015 – Linden St. Brewery

OMD Jeff Arthur
The Box   Michael Schiller
A Southern Atheist (Bible Belt Atheist) Jason Cohn and Camille Servan-Schreiber
Aqua Profunda Nathan Campbell
Hotel 22 Elizabeth Lo
The Record Collector Joey Izzo  
Confusion Through Sand Ornana Films  
Counting the Dead Catherine Axley  
Silo David Soll  

April 2015 – A Retrospective of the best of Disposable Film Festival

Thrush Gabriel Bisset-Smith
Rise of the Machines   Pawel Piskorski
Le Tette De Una Diciottenne Lucca Gennari
Les Ongles Clement Deneux
Mondo Taurobolium Galen Pehrson
Malaria Edson Oda  
Joey Ramone – NYC Greg Jardin  
The Lost Tribes of New York City Andy and Carol London  
Gonzo Calling Sascha Ciezata  
Holy Cow Lisa Bianca Giaever  


Submit your film

We’re looking for films of any genre (documentary, narrative, animation, experimental) ideally 10 minutes or less, but we won’t rule anything out because of length.  Send us your film!

Submissions are ongoing and we review a few times throughout the year to see what will fit best with our future events.  As working filmmakers ourselves, we aren’t always able to respond in a timely manner, but we will eventually reach out.  If your film was not included in the most immediate show after your submission, it does not mean that we won’t consider it (due to theme, length, or other reasons) for a future show.

Contact Us

Interested in helping, hosting events, or got an idea for us?  Want to hear about upcoming events?
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