Katonah Classic Stage is a non-profit, professional theatre in Katonah, NY that is dedicated to producing classic plays and serving the community of Northern Westchester County. Our mission is to bring people together to experience the greatest plays ever written. Since the pandemic is preventing us from pursuing this aspect of our mission, we have created a short-film festival to connect with you and celebrate creativity in a different medium.

WE WILL ACCEPT SHORTS WITH ANY THEME, but we are especially interested in films that are inspired by classic theatre. What does "classic" mean to you? Shakespeare? The Greeks? Absolutely. What about Restoration Comedy, or Chekhov, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry? Are there contemporary plays that are, or will be, classic in your opinion? And "inspired"? Maybe it's a line from "Romeo and Juliet" that launches a whole new screenplay. A stop-motion adventure in the Theatre of Dionysus in Ancient Greece. A music video of Brecht. A documentary about your grandfather's love of Ibsen. August Wilson as a space opera.

We are also interested in how you make art in a time of social distancing and quarantine. Our festival doesn't prioritize the size of your budget, but rather the depth of your creativity, ingenuity and inventiveness. What can you make with the resources available to you during this pandemic? How resourceful can you be? We welcome the DIY filmmaker.

The festival will be held outdoors next to Bedford Playhouse, a non profit cinema in Bedford, NY.

All selected films will receive laurels and tickets to the festival.
Winners receive bragging rights plus 2 tickets to our live production later in the summer.
In addition to a winner in each category, there will be an audience choice award.

All categories, including narrative fiction, documentary, comedy, tragedy, horror, sci-fi, are welcome. All themes are welcome, but we are especially interested in films inspired by classic theatre.

We only accept digital screeners via FilmFreeway.

Films will be divided by age groups of 12 and under, 13-18, and 19 and over. The ages apply to the director and/or writer of the film. Each film can submit in only ONE age group category. Any film submitted to multiple age group categories is ineligible.

Film length may be anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes.

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

While the outlook is good, should conditions take an unexpected turn, the producers of KCSFF 2021 reserve the right to move from a live festival to a virtual festival if required due to health concerns related to the pandemic.

Overall Rating
  • Korie Prince

    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
  • Paul Kelly

    Submitting to the Katonah Classic Stage Film Festival was a wonderful experience. Thank you for including "Bard Words" in the schedule. I encourage all filmmakers to submit their films to this phenomenal festival. The professionalism of the organizers is outstanding.

    September 2020