North Bay Art and Film Festival Schedule

2017 schedule coming up soon. (2016 schedule below)

Festival Day Event Event Time Event Fee Tickets
Friday, Oct. 7th VIP Gala 6 – 10 pm $100 Buy Tickets
Gala Film Screening 7:30 pm Included with VIP Ticket
Saturday, Oct. 8th Competition Films Group 1 11 am $12 Buy Tickets
Competition Films Group 2 2 pm $12 Buy Tickets
Documentary Filmmaking Workshop 4 -4:45 pm Free
Documentary Films 5 pm $12 Buy Tickets
Showcase Film: LUNA DE CIGARRES 7:30 pm $12 Buy Tickets
Virtual Reality Demo Room! All Day! Free
Sunday, Oct. 9th Competition Films Group 3 11 am $12 Buy Tickets
The Sundance Experience Workshop 1-1:45 pm Free
Competition Films Group 4 2 pm $12 Buy Tickets
Finding Money for your Independent Film Workshop 2 – 2:45 pm Free
Filmmaker Panel 3 – 3:45pm Free
Awards Ceremony 4:30 pm $12 Buy Tickets
Virtual Reality Demo Room! All Day Free
Festival Day Special Ticket Packages Event Time Event Fee Tickets
Oct. 7th-9th 2016 VIP Gala and Deluxe Weekend Pack – All Screenings and Awards All 3 Days $150 Buy Tickets
Oct. 8th 2016 Saturday All Events Day Pass All Saturday $40 Buy Tickets
Oct. 9th, 2016 Sunday All Events Day Pass All Sunday $30 Buy Tickets


Friday, October 7th 2016

VIP Gala and Special Film Screening


Join us Friday night for our VIP Gala!

Enjoy great hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer.

Oct. 7th VIP Gala begins at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Special Film Screening:
QUANTO TEMPO O TEMPO TEM / TRANS-TIME, 2015, (BRAZIL, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian with English Subtitles)

It’s the 21st century and we are always rushing.  Rushing for no reason.  Rushing for good reasons. Our lives are filled with speed and the next urgent task. It’s as if time is speeding up. Why does time seem so short? Meet global philosophers, scientists, authors, spiritual leaders and intellectuals from all over the world reflecting deeply on our civilization and the future of the human relationship to time. Exquisite time-lapse photography from Rio, London, Paris and Rome.

Dir. Adriana L. Dutra, Oscar-winning Cinematographer, Walter Carvalho (Central Station, Best Foreign Film)

*English subtitles can be turned on via the Youtube “Settings” on the video control panel at the bottom of the video window.


Saturday, October 8th 2016

Saturday Competition Film(s) Screenings

11 am Screenings of selected Competition Films


Film Name Filmmaker Synopsis Category
Anti-Hero Bo! Campbell A down-on-his-luck dad resorts to extreme measures to get milk for his kid’s cereal. Action & Adventure
Breaking News Jiali Bao When a broken family is caught up with breaking news, teenage angst can mean serious danger. Drama
Loved and Lost Matt Bates Chad and Ana Campbell grieve after the loss of their child. Drama
Beatrice Brought Desert Lauren Young Dark comedy about three friends and the annual dinner party, during which they compete to stealthily kill a guest. Comedy
Totem Ariel Jew When his grandfather passes, a young Haida boy decides to finish the totem pole that they had started, using the memories that they had together. Animation
“Parade” de Satie Koji Yamamura A Parade for 3 managers & 4 performers. Mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satie’s essays with the music Parade, this is an animated re-creation of realist ballet images going beyond reality. Animation
Chasing Lucy Miller Jonathan P. Ritter A woman reconnects with her lost youth by having an emotional affair with the president of her law firm. Comedy
Let’s Catch a Movie Emma Penaz Eisner When everyone in town scrambles to catch a movie, she desperately reels away! Zippy and colorful, this animated comedy introduces a host of zany characters. Animation
An Evening of Murder Tiffany Newcomer An office team-building exercise goes horribly wrong when one of the participants is found murdered! Comedy

Saturday Competition Film(s) Screenings

2 pm Screenings of selected Competition Films


Film Name Filmmaker Synopsis Category
Fish Saman Hosseinpour An old couple, while the man sleeps the woman decides to change the fish tank’s water but fish slips out of her hand and falls on the ground. Comedy
Panofsky’s Complaint Peter Mackie A doorman for a luxury apartment building faces police interrogation after he snaps on the subway during a confrontation with a wealthy couple. Comedy
Arc of Justice Mark Lipman and Helen S. Cohen Arc of Justice traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI), a story of racial justice, community development, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles. Documentary
The White Bag Dick Jordan Allen Bronstein is a professional videographer & author of, “Make iPhone Movies Everyone Loves.” Comedy
Dreams We Share Evan Weidenkeller During a dystopian civil war, two girls, in an abandoned house, discuss dreams and memories with each other while the war draws in closer towards them. Drama/Romance
I Hate The Color Red Jazmin Jamias A comedy about a sister and a brother who inherit a video store from their parents, struggle to keep it a viable business. However thanks to the color “red,” they realize that their store will soon become obsolete. Comedy
Eye Of The Storm S. Kramer Herzog A harshly real view of the media and the circus that it can create. The documentary was shot during the hours leading up to the 2005 execution of Crips founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams at San Quentin State Prison Documentary
Beyond Good and Evil Matt Bikoff A 10 minute psychodrama about personal identity. Drama
The Ditch Andreas Kooi A desperate and stranded driver in the desert leaves behind his dead companion in order to follow a mysterious and silent traveller into the unknown. Horror/Thriller

Documentary Film-making Workshop!

presentations“Storytelling @ MediaStorm” .

Brian Storm will present on digital storytelling and the cinematic narrative. Citing work by his production company, Storm will emphasize how storytelling continues to evolve as a result of technological innovations and an expanding media universe. The digital age gives filmmakers, documentary photographers and photojournalists extraordinary and unprecedented new ways to tell stories.

This workshop is open to any ticket holder of any festival event.

Workshop runs 4 – 4:45pm.


Showcase Documentary Film(s) Screening

NBAFF proudly presents two MediaStorm short documentary films:

Life After Water” and “The Last Move.

The documentary screenings show at 5 pm.


Read more about the documentary shorts below, watch their trailers, and get your tickets now!

Special Documentary Film Screening:

California’s Central Valley produces more than half of America’s produce, but the summer of 2015 marked the fourth year of what has become a monumental drought. Small family farmers like Jesus Ramos are in trouble, and when the farmers are in trouble, the country is in trouble.

Compounding the problem is the reality that without water, their trees will destroy the soil. So farmers can uproot their trees and wait, but re-growing citrus trees takes years. Or they can gamble, hoping that this season will be the last one without water…

 Watch Life After Water Trailer

Special Documentary Film Screening:

Michael Thomasson has devoted his life to video games. It’s been his passion and his obsession for more than three decades. He owns over 11,000 unique game titles for more than 100 different systems. His collection is so large, in fact, it is currently recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

But there is one thing Michael loves more than his games: his family. Now with his mother sick and facing an enormous mortgage, Michael must put his collection up for sale, and hope a buyer will offer him the money he badly needs.

 Watch The Last Move Trailer

Saturday Night 7:30 pm Showcase Screening

LUNA DE CIGARRES / FILTHY LUCK, 2016, (PARAGUAY, Spanish with English Subtitles)

A young American businessman comes to Paraguay to seal a deal and start a new venture. But the opportunity he represents suddenly and unexpectedly takes him on a journey into the bowels of the underworld of criminals and running from the law.  Luna de Cigarres is the action-packed and darkly comic directorial debut of Jorge Diaz de Bedoya, who has been called “A Young Tarentino” by Argentina’s Largest Newspaper.

Executive Producer, Ben Yennie, will be on hand to discuss the project.

Screening will run at 7:30 pm.

Spanish language trailer, English subtitles can be turned on via the Youtube “Settings” on the video control panel at the bottom of the video window.


Sunday, October 9th 2016

Sunday Competition Film(s) Screenings

11 am Screenings of selected Competition Films


Film Name Filmmaker Synopsis Category
The Ticker Seller Laura Archer Inspired by the Norman Rockwell painting of the same name. The film opens with the ticket seller, an elderly gentleman, going about his daily work. It is a rhythmic grind he has know for over 25 years. Drama
Ruth Aviel Ballo A middle-aged piano teacher struggles to control the terms of her own happiness. Drama
Unfamiliar Grounds Shelly Russell A silent girl’s discovery of a mysterious boot incites friction. Drama
The Dog David Millet Story of a dog’s unconditional love and how it can cure even human problems. Drama
Sprint to the Past Fedor Selkin The story of sports-rowing, the fate of its athletes and their memories in our days. It is the story about the three friends, their sporting rivalry in the early 1980’s and about the situation in the sport in our days. Drama
Her Name Was Samantha Erick Kaslov A young girl returns from the grave to get revenge on the man that killed her. Horror/Thriller
Moment of Anger Eric Player Dave West storms out of his home after another explosive argument with his wife, Diane. He has had it. Heading for a hotel, his first choice, a 4-star place in town. Once there he realizes his wallet is at home. Drama
Autumn Leaves Saman Hosseinpour “Autumn Leaves” is about a little girl who is going to school and something happens. Drama

Sunday Competition Film(s) Screenings

2 pm Screenings of selected Competition Films


Film Name Filmmaker Synopsis Category
Endo Tom Radovich A robo-phobic man has a foul incident with his new cleaning android. Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Thoughtless Casey Currey-Wilson In the near future, a government agent tasked with censoring offensive thoughts questions her ideology when the censorship requirements are tightened. Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Cab Fare (Labor of Love) Andrew Ching The unique relationship of a Chinese-American cabdriver and an elderly Chinese woman takes them on a well-travelled journey down memory lane before arriving at their destination. Drama
Dreams We Share Evan Weidenkeller During a dystopian civil war, two girls, in an abandoned house, discuss dreams and memories with each other while the war draws in closer towards them. Drama
Happy Birthday Kevin John Psathas At 15, Kevin risks it all for a shot at greatness. Romantic
1-0 Saman Hosseinpour The barber started cutting the boys hair while watching a football game on TV. Drama
Rev. Jon Davis: A Legacy Of Service Jonathan P. Ritter Chronicling the personal life of the Rev. Jon Davis. Comedy
Buster Jones: The Movie Robert Parham “Buster Jones: The Movie” details the adventures of an African-American minor league basketball star that is also trained in the martial arts. Action & Adventure
E.Z.P.Z. Jason Bryan Two survivors take advantage of a government bounty program during the waning days of an apocalypse. Horror/Thriller

The Sundance Experience Workshop!

presentationsMark Vashro is the producer of the Sundance 2016 short film Grand Prize-winning film “Thunder Road.” In this workshop, Mark shares his “Sundance” Experience with us, enlightening and informing about this transformative event.

He has created films across the United States: exploring secluded beaches in Massachusetts, tops of flood walls in New Orleans, and suburban chapels in Los Angeles. A drive to find truthful and fulfilling connections with people draws him to tell stories that focus on humanity at it’s most colorful. He is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in film production and acting. Other selected past productions include: Bike Against the Wind (Cross-country bicycling feature documentary), Tricks of Love (Fiction Feature), No Floodwall Here (Fiction Feature), Ironsides (Fiction Feature), Mark of The Veil (Fiction Feature).

This workshop is open to any ticket holder of any festival event.

Workshop runs 1 – 1:45pm.

Where’s the Money? Finding Money for your Independent Film Workshop!

presentationsJoanne Butcher, Filmmaker Success Mentor

What are the most successful ways to raise money for your short film or feature?  How much should you raise?  How much time do you need?  We will look at some of the basics of fundraising for film.

Joanne Butcher has worked extensively with hundreds of filmmakers from the US, UK, Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America.  Joanne was the former Director of the Alliance Cinema on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, IFP/Miami and a founder of IFP/National. She created and spearheaded the Florida Statewide Film Competition that provided $200,000 cash and services to a feature film.  She has taught film financing and screenwriting.

This workshop is open to any ticket holder of any festival event.

Workshop runs 2 – 2:45pm.

Filmmaker Panel!


Come and meet some of the filmmakers featured in the Festival and hear about how they made their films.

This workshop is open to any ticket holder of any festival event.

Workshop runs 3 – 4 pm.

Awards Ceremony and Best Films!

Film AwardsEnjoy finding out which films and filmmakers won in each of the categories at the Festival. We will be showing clips from the winning films at this event. Awards Ceremony starts at 4:30 pm. Light Refreshments included.

  • Best Action and Adventure Short
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Comedy Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Drama Short
  • Best Horror/Thriller Short
  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short
  • Best Romantic Short

Special VR Exhibit – Free All Weekend at the Festival

October 8, 9th 2016

The VR Reality

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 VR Demo Room throughout the day to experience this new technology.