The 4th Annual Katonah Classic Stage Film Festival welcomes you to the picturesque town of Bedford, NY, the arts hub of Northern Westchester County, NY and only an hour outside of NYC! KCSFF began as a place to screen short films, in person, when the Covid pandemic prevented nearly all public gatherings. Partnering with Bedford Playhouse, we created an outdoor experience for audiences that kept cinema alive while keeping the public safe. Since then KCSFF has grown to become the go-to festival for the region, catering to filmmakers and audiences of all ages. We now present films both outdoors under the stars and indoors in a state-of-the-art cinema. We accept short films from all over the globe and from any genre. This year we have expanded our short film categories to accommodate our growing kaleidoscope of submissions. These categories are Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Made in Westchester County, NY, and Student*.

The festival will be held at Bedford Playhouse, a historic, nonprofit cinema in Bedford, NY.

Awards and Laurels

Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best Short Made in Westchester County, NY
Best Student Short* (Ages 18 and under)
Audience Choice

We only accept digital screeners via FilmFreeway.

Film length must be under 20 minutes.

Films not in English must be subtitled in English.

There are no restrictions on the completion date for your film.

*Student Shorts are for young filmmakers 18 and under. Due to the number of incorrect submissions, Student Shorts must be submitted with proper identification (i.e. Student ID, name of school, grade, or the equivalent verification from your town/country).

Overall Rating
  • Great festival. Thank you very much for selecting the film of Sara Abedi : "Snoring" in your festival.

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    We loved your movie! Thank you for submitting.

  • House of the Rising Son Productions

    Loved this festival! Great experience from start to finish! Thanks so much for screening Dark Things!

    August 2021
  • Thank you Team Katonah Classic Stage Film Festival. We were extremely honoured that our film was selected among the 15 films that screened at your festival... and then thrilled that the film won in it's age category

    Thank you so much <3

    August 2021
  • John M.

    Incredible experience, start to finish. Live, outdoor venue was great. KCSFF has a local vibe, but welcomed films from all over the world. Loved the categories for kids and young adult filmmakers!

    August 2021
  • Wonderfully organized with prompt responses and results and clear directions. I highly recommend!

    August 2021