Hit the movies and the bars at Oakland’s Drunken Film Fest, from


As its name suggests, the Drunken Film Fest takes place in bars. But it’s not just about the drinks. As the organizers said on the festival website: “You can have a few drinks, but it’s more about getting drunk on a movie.”

And the rest of us can join them in this endeavor, from Sunday, October 9 through Friday, October 14, during the fifth annual incarnation of this Oakland festival. The Drunken Film Fest will showcase no less than 74 independent shorts over its six nights, with screenings taking place at a different Oakland bar or beer hall each night.

It’s free to get in to see the movies, but hey, we think part of it is the drinks. So appoint a driver and plan to buy a couple.

Screenings start at 7 p.m. every night, at a different venue each day of the festival, a return to an all-in-person festival after a few pandemic-induced years of part-virtual hybrid festivals. Sunday screenings are at Double Standard, Monday at Stay Gold Deli, Tuesday at Temescal Brewing, Wednesday at Telegraph Beer Garden, Thursday at Eli’s Mile High Club and Friday’s grand finale at Starline Social Club.

The official festival poster Source: Drunken Film Festival/Twitter

“Bars are spaces for the community to meet and gather,” one organizer quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article said. “People are really looking for that right now, especially after spending a lot of time in isolation over the past two years. If we can do that around something as cool as celebrating a movie, then even better. to have everyone in the bar together, watching these movies.”

So what are you going to see? The diverse film rotation includes a wide variety of shorts – a “true assortment of cinema,” as the organizers put it on Instagram – including documentaries, narratives, animations, avant-garde films and music videos . The selection also extends from locally made films to films from around the world. Head to the Drunken Film Fest website for the full schedule for each night.

“Drunken Film Fest partners with safe and unconventional venues to feature pop-up film screenings and talks,” the organizers write. “We are here to create a unique film festival experience for everyone without sacrificing the quality of major festival programming.”

Let’s toast to that!

Get more information, the full film schedule and location details at www.drunkenfilmfest.com/oakland.


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