ALL FILMS GET A FREE HOTEL ROOM DURING THE FESTIVAL- Shorts, Features, Docs - ALL FILMS! We know how hard filmmakers work to create their projects that our audiences love, so we want to make sure our filmmakers can attend the festival to interact with the audience during the weekend. We've done it since year one and we're adding even more perks each year.

The Adirondack Film Festival screens over 100 films in one weekend to thousands of viewers annually. The festival features panel discussions, virtual reality experiences, an art gallery filled with artwork inspired by the films, filmmaker breakfasts, multiple parties & special events, and a selection of indie and studio feature length and short films of all kinds and genres with an emphasis on diversity, all taking place on 7 screens in downtown Glens Falls. With all locations in walking distance in the middle of a charming city surrounded by restaurants, mountains, parks, and shopping... And, again, All AFF filmmakers receive a complimentary hotel room! #LBGTQIA #FemaleFilmmakers #POCFilmmakers #ALLAREWELCOME #FREEPOPCORN

The film festival is operated by the Adirondack Theatre Festival – a nationally renowned company in its 23rd year of operation dedicated to developing new plays and musicals. The film festival presents a wide range of genres but one of its unique focuses is on films that have a connection to the theatre community.

BEST OF FEST: Audience voting & Announced at Awards Show
- Short Comedy
-Short Drama
-Short Doc
-Short Sci-Fi
-Short Experimental
-Music Video
-Feature
-Headliner

PROGRAMMER'S PICK
-Short
-Doc
-Feature
-Emerging Talent

FEST DIRECTOR FAVE's
-Short
-Doc
-Feature

STAGE TO SCREEN
-Short
-Feature

All students are eligible to submit in the student section at the reduced rate, just simply upload your valid student ID to FilmFreeway or send it in an email to Programming Director, Jessica Levandoski jessicamendel@gmail.com

In order to be eligible for the Stage to Screen category your project must be based off of a theatrical play or a work in progress production. Original content or proof of permission must be provided upon acceptance.

Entries that have been submitted to previous Adirondack Film Festival are not eligible.

ADKFF does not provide screening fees for films in competition.

Because of the number of entries received, not all entries are chosen to screen during the Festival. A prescreening committee, comprised of filmmakers, videomakers, and other artists associated with the Adirondack Film Festival, will watch and evaluate each entry to determine which works are selected for screening during the Festival.

All works that showcase high artistic merit are welcome. This includes shorts, documentaries of all lengths, features and experimental (including web series and shorts.) Please take note of the category.

* Please note *
We do not accept mailed in screeners (please do not send DVDs, BLURAYs, or flash drives to our office).

We do not accept prescreening materials through email and are unable to download files from sharing services. Submissions are only accepted through our filmfreeway or other online accounts.

An entrant must accept our prescreening process; Entries must be original works. Adirondack Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Adirondack Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting your film you agree (if selected) to let the Adirondack Film Festival screen your film during the festival and any subsequent "best of festival" screenings TBD following the selected calendar year, and up until the next festival date.

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  • My favorite film festival! Have been going every year, and was thrilled to have my film included in the 2019 ADK Film Festival. Great films, friendly people, excellent communication and accommodations, both professional and fun environment. Plan on coming back every year!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    First review of 2019 season is Ken! Thank you so much for the kind words and for sharing your film with us, we loved it! Keep makin' stuff locally Ken, can't wait to see what you do next.

  • Gavin Hecker

    This was by far the best run film festival I've had the pleasure of participating in. All the organizers were amazing, and they made an extra effort to provide a hotel room for every filmmaker who attended. The film selections were diverse and the programing was non-pretentious. This festival has a bright future. Thanks.

    October 2019
  • Thrilled to have our short comedy BELIEVIN' in AFF and I will be telling every filmmaker I know to submit next year. AFF screened our film twice (most festivals only screen each block once) and to say that they treat their filmmakers well is an understatement. The quality of the films was OUTSTANDING --from the shorts program to the feature films--I'm still thinking about them. I'm leaving AFF inspired by the other filmmakers. There were so many opportunities to network. And the blocks for each shorts program were about an hour, so audiences leave excited to talk about the high quality films, vs. tired from a long block. The local folks were so enthusiastic and came out and packed the houses! Also so many filmmakers attended each other's blocks. Between this film and our first short film, we've been to 15 plus festivals in the last 2 years and this is hands down one of the best festivals out there, period.

    October 2019
  • Charlie Samuels

    I've been to 15 festivals in the last year and a half and AFF was the highest in passion and lowest in snobby attitude (non-existent) which is so refreshing. It can only come from an organization that truly cares about films and filmmakers and FUN! Every correspondence I had with the organizers was positive, fun and super nice. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Your gang did everything right to keep growing and getting great films.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Charlie! This is so sweet and encouraging to hear! Especially coming from YOU- because you’ve seen some things....

    Thank you so much for sharing your film with us, we’re so stoked you’ve found distribution and we know you’ll be getting some streams from good ol’ Glens Falls, NY!!! Please rest up and make some MORE!

  • Tori Larsen

    This is a terrific festival, well worth the submission fee. The ADK team goes above and beyond for filmmakers!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Yay!!! We aim to please and to make our filmmakers feel valued- it’s tough out there in those filmmaking streets! Please come back anytime!