Park your umbrella and find a seat at a Bay Area film festival this month. Gloomy weather is the perfect excuse -- if you need one -- to see more than one movie in a day. Talented filmmakers from all over the globe are featured in these diverse annual festivals covering an array of cultures, perspectives, and topics.
Berlin and Beyond Film Festival: March 8-14
Now in its 23rd season, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is the leading and largest festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas. The festival consistently offers audiences a chance to see films that aren’t released in the U.S, like “3 Days in Quiberon,” a fictionalized semi-reenactment of a final series of interviews given by the charismatic, seemingly tormented Romy Schneider to a German journalist in a spa hotel. See details.
Albany FilmFest: March 16-24
This juried film festival takes place each year in Albany, showcasing original and compelling independent short films from emerging and established Bay Area, national, and global filmmakers. Among the notable films: “Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin,” a portrait of the late author. See details.
Tiny Dance Film Festival: March 23-24
The Tiny Dance Film Festival, whose name alludes to the brief running time of the multiple shorts it presents—they’re 10 minutes and under—rather than the size of the artistic aspirations of the talented dancers, choreographers and directors who created them, emphasizes brevity and experimentation. See details.