Only 2 hours away from NYC, Hunter Mountain is the perfect festival destination bringing in many industry representatives to make your selection to this festival an exciting premiere event. Hunter Mountain Film Festival honors the skill of filmmaking by connecting ambitious independent artists who can learn, communicate, and network over the three-day festival. The insightful, thought-provoking films by these visionaries will be displayed throughout the three days, and awarded for the works of art that they are. Screening the best feature films, short films, web/new media, documentaries, student films, and music videos.
A great way to network with other fellow indie filmmakers and industry representatives while attending panels, screenings, and parties.

We set out to create a one of a kind film experience. At Hunter Mountain, we are not only creating a celebration of film but an interactive mountain adventure. For three days, you will be privy to many great films, parties, panels, q&a's, step and repeat, all while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery upstate New York has to offer.

Films will be judged by industry professionals.

Films considered "Official Selection" will receive an official HMFF 2019 festival laurel.
Jury will select 1 winner in each category.
Best Feature Film $200 prize
Best Director in a feature film
Best Actor in a feature film
Best Actress in a feature film
Best Short Film $100 prize
Best Director in a short film
Best Actor in a short film
Best Actress in a short film
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Student Short Film
Best Documentary
The Steve & Carol Vanucchi Award
This award will be given to the filmmaker (whose film has been selected into the festival) who faced adversity and overcame those challenges. Please submit a min. 100 word essay as to why this person should be awarded. Send to Trev or Tatum in the subject line please put Vanucchi Award to be considered.

The Rising Star Award
This award recognizes a performer in the field of film whose resume reflects ongoing and exceptional growth while demonstrating significant promise within the scope of the entertainment industry. A successful candidate’s resume embodies a performer whose exceptional work ethic contributes to the growing success of the performer.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Hunter Mtn Film Festival will be presenting the 1st annual Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual who has performed an outstanding service and accomplishment spanning a career in tv/film/web. The award will be presented to the performer who, during their lifetime has made outstanding contributions to the tv/film/web industry.

Open to all Filmmakers creatively representing the indie film community.
Encouraging all Women film makers to submit their films.
Entrance fees are non-refundable

As a condition of entering the Hunter Mountain Film Festival, hereafter known as HMFF, you hereby certify that:
1. All films not in English must have English subtitles.

2. We don't accept films that are made before 2017.

3. You grant us the right to publish your trailer, film poster on our website and Instagram and Facebook page.

4. By sending your film you confirm that there are no copyright infringements on your behalf, and we take no responsibility in this matter. You are also the sole creators of the film, short, new media, music which you have submitted to the HMFF. You warrant as sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to HMFF. You warrant as sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to HMFF.

5. We only accept online screeners.

6. By submitting you agree to our terms and conditions. You hereby grant the HMFF the non-exclusive right to use my name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding the HMFF.Your data will never be shared with 3rd parties.

7. I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered and to the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.

8. This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

9. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for Festival screening and promotional purposes and to extract clips from this film for promotional purposes. I understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.

10. I understand that the Hunter Mountain Film Festival ("Festival") are not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the print during screenings, at any other time during the course of the Festival, while the film is in the Festival’s possession or while en route to or from the Festival, and I release Hunter Mountain Film Festival ("Festival") from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the print while en route to/from the Festival or while it is in their possession. You also understand that the HMFF will not return and is not obligated to return my film or any other materials I/we have submitted to the HMFF.

11. Should this film win the Carol & Steve Vanucchi Award (“Award”) at the Hunter Mtn Film Festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to name the individual(s) listed on the Carol & Steve Vanucchi Award (to be received upon notice of selection to Festival) to receive any and all award(s).

12. In the event the designated party is unable to attend the awards ceremony, I understand that the director and/or producer of the film as listed in the credits of the film shall accept any and all awards in their stead.

13. If selected as a participant in the Festival, television ready media clips of the film must be provided by the date provided on notice of selection if requested. You shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to establish and protect my/our copyright in the submitted material, and the HMFF shall have no obligation with respect thereto. The HMFF shall have the right to reproduce all or part of said material for use in its publicity and any and all related communication directly associated with HMFF.

14. If selected as a participant I will deliver the film in format requested by deadline set at time of acceptance.

15. A film will not be considered in multiple categories. The entrant must select the appropriate category at time of submission.

16. This film will not be available online publicly until the completion of the 2019 Hunter Mountain Film Festival

17. Short films must be under 40 minutes
Feature Films must be over 40 minutes
Music Videos under 8 minutes.

18. You will indemnify and hold harmless HMFF its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on material submitted to HMFF.

19. You have read all of the festival rules, regulations and releases, understand them, and have complied with them. I/we understand that the festival rules, regulations and releases may change or be updated, and that it is my responsibility to read, understand and comply with any changes or updates

20. Entrance Fees are Non-Refundable.

21. Student Films - After and If you are selected you must send us a copy of your current student ID for consideration in notes/ or email along with your name as well as the title of film & director.

Overall Rating
  • It was a great experience. Everyone was very professional and our film got a lot of exposure. Thank you so much.

    July 2019
  • Age and experience aside, to successfully plan, schedule and execute ANY Film Festival is a tremendous feat in and of itself. With this said, never before have I witnessed such an impressive display of collaborative organization, professionalism, and diverse compilation of storytelling talent from a yearly celebration of cinema in its INAUGURAL YEAR! The 1st Annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival was an absolute triumph of an event, and showcased a wonderfully array of both short and feature length narrative and documentary projects. The closing night's awards gala and red carpet were merely the icing on the cake, for what was an extremely wonderful Film Festival experience.

    As the Writer/Director/Producer for, 'Dodgson', the short film which took home Awards for both 'Best Short Film' and 'Best Actor in A Short Film', I am immensely honored for having been included in the 2019 Hunter Mountain Film Festival and extremely grateful for having been a part of this wonderful gathering. On behalf of the entire 'Dodgson' team, I'd like to once again thank everyone involved in the programming, scheduling, and execution of this event! The future is extraordinarily bright for HMFF and I'm thrilled to witness the evolution of this Festival in the year's that follow!

    - Dan Michael

    July 2019
  • Great festival with great communication! Thank you!

    May 2019
  • It was an honor to be a part of the Hunter Mountain Film Festival! Thank you so much for screening my film: The Spirit Seam! I hope to participate next year as well!

    May 2019
  • Vahid Rafiei

    it's my honor to be a part of your beautiful festival. i hope i can still participate in this festival in next years.
    thanks hunter mountain film festival.

    May 2019