14 Adirondack Film Festivals, Film Forums and Art Movie Houses

We are so fortunate to have a mixture of nature and culture to complete our family fun. We can't offer city living, though that is usually the reason why people live or visit the Adirondacks - to get away from it all. 

I am so grateful that we have nearby opportunities to continue to expose our children to the much loved Adirondack High Peaks, but also professional theatre, films, museums and more. Below are 14 Adirondack festivals, film forums and movie film societies to enjoy! 

I will update as dates/festivals change. Thanks! 

1)  1) Lake Placid Film Forum  "Sleepless in the Lake Placid" student film festival portion of Deadline for entry: TBD
Rules: Student filmmakers to make a complete project in 24-hours to be shown and judged during the Lake Placid Film Forum. (This will be updated as dates become available.) 
Festival Screenings: June TBD
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2)  The People's Pixel Project The Lake George Arts Project 
Deadline for entry: March 1, 2018
Rules and entry form: Open to filmmakers living within a 100-mile radius of Lake George. 
Festival Screenings: Springtime (TBD) , Wood Theatre, Glens Falls, NY

3) Hollywood Theatre's Footy Fest, Ausable Forks, NY
Deadline for Entry: Waiting for Confirmation 
Rules: TBD
Festival Screenings: TBD

4) SUNY Adirondack Film Festival
Deadline for entry
Rules: Open to all SUNY Adirondack students as well as middle and high school students from Essex, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties
Festival Screenings: April

5) Lake Champlain International Film Festival, The Strand Theatre, Plattsburgh
Also: 72-hour cell phone film submission contest
Deadline for entry: August
Rules: All submission are through FilmFreeway

Festival Screenings: early November. Tickets $10/all access pass

6) Adirondack Film Festival, Glens Falls, NY
Deadline: June 
Festival: October

6) The Ballston Spa Film Festival
Deadline for entry: TBD
Rules: Family-friendly
Festival Screenings: mid August 

7) Buffalo Niagara Film Festival , Niagara Falls, NY and Canada
Rules: Films/Screenplays or music videos
Festival Screenings: mid April

8) Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival, Utica, NY
Deadlines for Entry: January - July (may be outdated)
Rules: TBD
Festival Screening: Early October

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Film Societies/ Art Movie House
9) Adirondack Film Society, Lake Placid Monthly Film Series showing new, current, unreleased films with special opportunities to meet 
10) Ballston Spa Monthly Classic Film Series (2017- on hiatus)
The Champlain Valley Film Society with current and art films as well as special opportunities to meet screenwriters, producers or film directors.
11) Indian Lake Art House Thursday, Indian Lake NY
12) The Saratoga Springs Film Forum  presents current and classic films art films
13)Saranac Lake Classic "Cabin Fever" Film Festival shows silent, black/white, classic films
14) "Second Friday Cinema at the Plattsburgh Unitarian Church with family, art and classic film options

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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