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, a free family series, 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

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.

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

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.

Overall Rating
  • Ruth Maramis

    I wasn't able to attend Adirondack Film Festival but so honored to have my romantic drama short HEARTS WANT accepted here. They're very well-organized, warm and responsive in their email communications, plus they offer free hotel stay for filmmakers who could attend! Thank you to Jess, Robert & the rest of of the film festival team. Hope one day I can make it to Adirondack!

    February 2019
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    Response from festival:

    The Audience LOVED Hearts Want, thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Ben Williams

    If you have a film - SUBMIT IT TO ADIRONDACK NOW!!! The entire festival was run so well. The staff and locals were extremely inviting. The quality of films were top notch. Video projection and audio looked and sounded great in all the venues. Glens Falls is a gorgeous town. We were completely honored to show our short "Musicians and Magicians" in the 2018 program :) Thanks Adirondack - hope to be back soon!!!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Aww Thanks Ben! Can't wait to have you back!

  • Troy Deutsch

    First of all, Jess Levandoski is a badass programmer. The quality of the films blew me away. Second, Glens Falls is a beautiful little town out of a Hallmark movie. There were so many filmmakers attending (we all got free hotel rooms) and the screenings were packed with attentive, adventurous audiences. I loved that all of the short films played at least twice, so there was a chance to see almost everything. And my short BROWN FISH winning the Audience Award for Best Experimental Short was just the cherry on top. Can’t wait to go back!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    We CAN NOT WAIT to see what you come up with next Troy! Thank you for these kind words. Jess says SUPER THANKS ;)

  • This festival is amazing. They're extremely well organized and communicative. The people who run it are warm & welcoming, and make every filmmaker feel seen & appreciated. They really take care of the filmmakers, from offering free hotel rooms to great discounts around town. The programming is top-notch. And the biggest highlight is how well attended the screenings are by the local community. Festivals often have a hard time getting attendance & engagement from non-filmmakers at screenings. That is not the case here. All the screenings I attended at the 2108 festival were packed with locals who really support the arts & enthusiastically came out to discover new films & filmmakers. It's a lovely experience not to be missed. I definitely hope to be back next year!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    YAY! We know you you KNOW your stuff, so this is high praise coming from you Christina! Thank you so much for sharing your film with us, we hope to have you back for a repeat!

  • Stephanie Arapian

    This Festival was amazing! The team that puts this together obviously knows their stuff. The quality of all the films was truly excellent and varied, and placed my film in the perfect block. The organizing team took excellent care of us, from sorting accommodations to venues and filmmaker parties. And Glens Falls as a town was warm and welcoming, excited about the festival and happy to host so many films and filmmakers. I can't wait to submit again, and am seriously looking into how to film in the area, because the Adirondacks have everything!
    Can't wait to see something new!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Stephanie! We are so stoked you had a good time with us... and YEAH COME FILM HERE PLEASE!