The Adirondack Film Festival screens over 80 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 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 and, parks, and shopping, it’s the ideal setting for a major festival. All AFF filmmakers receive a complimentary room!

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.

Rules & Terms

All students are eligible to submit in the student section at the reduced rate, just simply upload your valid student ID to Film Freeway 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.

30 Reviews

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    Micah Khan

    This is honestly the best film festival I've been to.
    I don't even want to go to another film festival unless it reaches the bar Adirondack Film Festival has set.
    Thank you for the amazing time!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:


    If we could we'd have the one of the lady fainting in a crowd because you're just so SWEET Micah!

    Thank you for these kind words and now get to creating new work so we can continue to spoil you for other fests!

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    Luis Servera

    One of the best film festivals I've attended this year ! It was an honor to have my short, 'High & Tight', be apart of the 2nd annual Adirondack Film Festival. I was completely blown away with quality of films that were shown and how organized the staff and volunteers were. What stood out to me the most was the community of Glens Falls. The people came out in packs and were so warms and welcoming to the filmmakers. Overall, I feel the Adirondack Film Festival will be a house hold name in the near future. I definitely will enter my next film in this awesome festival. Cheers!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Our audiences LOVED you Luis! Thank you so much for being a part of the festival and for the kind words. We cannot wait to see what you have planned next!

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    Jeremiah Kipp

    This is a top notch, intimate festival that truly cares about the filmmakers. Jessica, Chad, Jess, Tabitha and the rest of the crew go a long way in making the filmmaker feel supported. Unlike other festivals where it feels like you are just a number, they get to know you personally. They also put up all of the filmmakers in a hotel which is the icing on the cake. My only complaint is that I wish it was one day longer in order to get to see all of the films as the quality of what I did get to see was very strong. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful and organized festival! - Mandy Evans

    November 2017
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    Michael Goldburg

    Had an amazing time at Adirondack in Glens Falls, NY! Only in its 2nd year, it's run top-notch and feels like an older festival. The staff are amazing and hospitable -- they treat their filmmakers right! The panel was terrific, the films were great, the parties were a lot of fun, and met a lot of cool filmmakers here. Definitely recommend!

    November 2017
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    Colin Bannon

    This is an amazing festival in an extremely beautiful (and cinematic) part of the country. They treated everyone so well, and the films and events were fantastic. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    SO SWEET COLIN!!! Thank you for taking the time to share these kind words with us. And yes, we's extremely cinematic up here!