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Short Films from the Bay

Backyard Films is a regular film screening and party featuring a slate of short films by local filmmakers. We began screening in 2012 to a packed backyard in Bernal Heights. 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

August 14th 2014

August 14 2014,  6-10 pm at The Secret Alley (180 Capp St. near 16th and Mission).  Screening will be from 8-9pm.

Submit your film, or just come to see an awesome lineup of short films from Bay Area Filmmakers.  We guarantee you will discover something new from your own backyard that is compelling, hilarious, visually stunning, humanizing, or all of the above.

  • Charlie and the Rabbit
    Charlie and the Rabbit
  • Heart
  • Synesthesia
  • Waiting for the Miracle
    Waiting for the Miracle
  • The Farmer
    The Farmer

Past Screenings

Films and filmmakers

April 2014

The Weigh In The Perez Brothers
Rope A Dope Eric Jacobus and Pete Lee
Charlie and the Rabbit Rodrigo Ojeda Black and Robert Machoian, 433 Pictures
Michael Blackwell Daniel Bernardi, Veteran Documentary Corps
Heart Erick Oh
tune-yards “Bizness” Mimi Cave
Synesthesia Terri Timeley
Isle de Jean Charles Emmanuel Vaughan -Lee

November 2013

SLOMO Josh Izenberg Documentary
NOISE – Nicolas Jaar Richard Parks Music Video
Chuck’s Chicken Joey Izzo Narrative
Maria of Many Alexandra Liveris Documentary
Stealing Altitude Roger Teich Documentary
The Mobile Sex Confessional Joe Talbot and Jenn Crandall Documentary

July 2013

(notes on) biology Danny Madden, Ornana Films Animation
Big Mama Marta Franco Documentary
Stepsister Joey Izzo Narrative
“Lion Inside You” Happy Fangs Blake Smith for Music Video Race Music Video
Biosphere2 Richard Parks Documentary
3020 Laguna St. In Exitum Joe Picard and Ashley Rodholm Experimental, Documentary
Kings Point Sari Gilman Documentary

January 2013

My Second Surprise “Bring the Sunshine”      The Perez Brothers Music Video
Devil’s Teeth Roger Teich Documentary
The Caretaker Lauren Lillie Experimental
Marco Cochrane Matt Barkin Documentary
Sean Ralph Arlyck Documentary
Slab City Stories Jessica Lum Documentary

November 2012

The Coup’s Magic Clap Pete Lee Music Video
The Secret Number Colin Levy Narrative
Is this your limb? Zachary Fink & Alyssa Fedele Narrative super short
Mission Chinese Cole Schreiber & David Parker Slasher
Waiting for the Miracle Seamus Harte Documentary
The Magic Trick Richard Koci Hernandez Video Essay
{X} Nao Nakazawa Experimental
Moses Pendleton presents
Moses Pendleton
Bob Elfstrom & Lucy Hilmer Documentary

August 2012

The Farmer Matt Sarnecki Documentary
Mugger Friend Colin Levy Comedy
El Soñador Javier Briones Documentary
No Robots Kimberly Knoll and Yunghan Chang Animation
Bloom Emily Johnstone Animation
Mandeep Sethi – Cagebird Sinha Studios Music Video
The Most Girl Part of You Adam Habib Narrative



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!

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