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 NBAFF 2016 event will take place on October 7th, 8th and 9th.

The Festival will be held in the artistic seaside town of Benicia, California at a site of spectacular beauty and historic significance, the Commanding Officer’s Quarters at the Benicia Armory now the home to Carter’s Biz Cafes, a cutting-edge, co-working and business development venue.

Watch our Festival Trailer!

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.

Film Industry Workshops

Information packed industry workshops.

  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • The Sundance Experience
  • Finding Money for your Independent Film

View our Film Festival Schedule here.

Festival Countdown!








NBAFF Festival
donates proceeds to the following worthy charities!
solano-librarySolano County Library Foundation’s “Reach Out & Read program prepares Solano County’s youngest children to succeed in school. Learn more…
Benicia Education Foundation (BEF): is an all-volunteer organization in Benicia that works for every child in all seven Benicia public schools  Learn more…

Film Award Ceremony and Best Film(s) Highlights

Star-studded closing night awards ceremony! Best films and honorable mentions will be announced. Highlights of Best Films will be screened. View the Festival Schedule here.

Prestigious Juror Panel

All films are judged by our talented, industry-acclaimed panel of jurors. Read more about our judges here.

Local Artisans & Food Vendors

The Festival will be held at Carter’s Biz Cafes located at the historic Commandant’s Quarters in the Benicia Armory. Artisans will be set up around the 156 year old historic mansion in a scenic park setting.

Opening Night VIP Gala

Opening Night VIP Gala!
Food, Wine, and Beer, special film screening, and mixer with actors and filmmakers. View the details about our Gala here.

Beer & Wine Tent

What’s a festival without a Beer & Wine Tent!

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.

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Oct. 7th, 8th, & 9th


Carter’s Biz Cafes
1 Commandants Lane
Benicia, CA
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VIP Gala & Deluxe Weekend Pack - All Screenings and Awards $150
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Saturday 2 pm Competition Films and 4 pm Workshop $12
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Sunday 4:30 pm Awards, Best Films Screening and Workshop(s) $12
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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. Every official selection, nominee and winners will be announced on our website and social media.


All screenings will take place at:
Carter’s Biz Cafés
1 Commandants Lane
Benicia, CA  94510