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

-Emerging Talent



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
  • Alexandra Leinweber

    AFF is a special festival that you can feel as soon as you enter this gorgeous part of upstate New York. The community really shows up for your films, and the festival creates an environment to mix with fellow filmmakers from all disciplines. They paid special attention to elevate all of the work and original art was made of each film - I cherish our Your Man poster! The selection was varied and full of pleasant surprises ~* Can't wait to return as a filmmaker or viewer.

    March 2020
  • Michael Jibrin

    This festival was by far the best I’ve been accepted into.
    Hospitality and communication was top class.
    The Adirondack community came out to support, and were very engaging.
    The locals came out in their hundreds to support, and wanted to talk more about my film after each block.
    It was amazing to be part of a festival that cares about what you do, and showed it by creating a platform to showcase our films.

    To the “Adirondack film festival staff”
    You guys are the best!!

    December 2019
  • Ethan Mantel

    As my first time representing a film at a film festival, the AFF folks really made me feel welcome and like I was part of a tight-knit community. The films they screened were great, and the networking opportunities with fellow filmmakers were relaxed and unstressful. Glen Falls is a very cool little town, and the free hotel room for filmmakers was a nice bonus! While their projection quality could improve for next year, I would highly recommend submitting and attending the AFF.

    December 2019
  • Russell Sheaffer

    I love this festival -- it's been such a joy to see them grow over the last few years. They do a great job of communicating with their filmmakers, they are wonderfully hospitable, and their audiences are eager to see the films that are programmed.

    November 2019
  • Gayatri Bahl

    Adirondack Film Festival came on our radar very early this year as we began the festival submission process. The festival was recommended to directly by other filmmakers. If you've been on the circuit, then you know this means a lot. If filmmakers feel welcome then that means this is a festival worth going to. And so.. we were thrilled with our film TINA was accepted. Adirondacks pays for lodging so traveling upstate from NYC was a complete no-brainer. Hosted in charming Glens Falls, the whole town revolves around the festival that weekend. Audience members stopped us on the street, sharing how much they connected with our film. The lineup is fantastic and the panels are well planned and executed. I recommend this festival to any filmmaker that wants their film to be a part of a festival that truly cares about the indie filmmaking community!

    November 2019