"Your Shorts are Showing"

Now in its 20th year, the Lake Placid Film Festival (LPFF) has consistently delivered a combination of feature length, documentary, short and student films and our annual event includes conversations, panels, seminars, filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, screenwriters and special events.

Lake Placid is located in the heart of the Adirondack Park. Throughout the years, the LPFF has featured and hosted academy award winning directors such as Guillermo Del Toro, John Sayles, Milos Forman, Norman Jewison and Martin Scorcese. Actors including Debra Winger, Kyra Sedgwick, John Favreau, Matthew Modine, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cliff Robertson, Peter Riegert, Steve Buscemi, Tony Shalhoub, Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott and William name a select few.

This is where you come in. We want to showcase your amazing short films and invite you to submit your film(s) for competition in our 2020 fest to be judged. We plan to select up to a maximum of 50 "Official Selections" and select 10 "Finalists" and from this group, select an Overall Winner GOLD receiving $500, 2nd Place SILVER $250 and 3rd Place BRONZE $100. The short films may be from 2 minutes to 15 minutes in length in any category or subject matter. Please review our rules and terms and let us know if you have any questions. Our website, as well as our social media pages will continue to post and update the latest information about the Shorts Competition.

This years judges include:
Eric P. Granger- Award winning screenwriter and founder of Aracari Films and Costa Rica Locations.
Nelson Page - Motion picture exhibitor for 33 years and owned and operated 12 theaters in 4 states. Presently he serves as President of the Barrymore FilmCenter which is due to open in 2021.
Charlene Trotter - Founder and co-director of the Tri-State Film Festival, performed in numerous plays and musicals, cohost and creator of an award winning radio talk show in NY, and has extensive experience marketing and promoting film related projects and organizations throughout the northeast.
Paul Frederick - Founder of Paul Frederick Productions with 20 years experience in film production.

Unfortunately, in this year of Covid 19, we will not be able to Showcase your films live. We will promote and praise our finalist and winners on all of our social media sites and press releases.

Lake Placid Film Festival 2020 "Your Shorts are Showing" Awards

Gold - $500
Silver - $250
Bronze - $100

Top 10 Finalists will receive certificates.

* SHORT Films Only
* All Genres
* No incomplete films accepted
* No refunds
* All film submissions must go through FilmFreeway
* Films must be in English or have English sub-titles
* Digital submissions only, either on VIMEO, YouTube and/or other online sources
* No DVD or Blue-Rays accepted
* Submissions must be between 2 and 15 minutes in length including titles and credits.
* No limit to number of submissions per filmmaker, but each require entry fee.
* Submitted films should have been completed on or after January 1, 2019
* No premier requirements
* UP TO 50 "Official Selections" will be notified on or before September 30, 20120 through FilmFreeway
* Top 10 Finalists will be announced by September 30th
* 1st Place-GOLD, 2nd Place-SILVER & 3rd Place-BRONZE winners will be announced ay, October 21, 2020.

RELEASE: The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) and the Lake Placid Film Festival (LPFF) is granted permission and the right by the submitter, whether an individual or corporation to use excerpts, quotes, stills, titles, photos and footage for promotional purposes prior to, during and after the LPFF 2020. In addition, the AFS and LPFF is granted permission and the right to use photos, footage and other materials gathered during the event for promotional purposes in perpetuity. Promotion may include, but not be limited to, AFS & LPFF websites, e-communications, social media, TV, internet, radio and print sources. The submitter provides AFS & LPFF with indemnity and release from any/all liabilities, losses, damages, claims and expenses relating to any trademark, copy-write, credits, publicity and screening.

The Adirondack Film Society and the Lake Placid Film Festival reserves the right to modify scheduling, venues and other events of the Lake Placid Film Festival 2020.


Overall Rating
  • Beth Woronoff

    Wonderful festival, welcoming staff and fun town! Loved our experience from start to finish!

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Beth, it was indeed our pleasure to showcase your Film and have you join us. Hope to see you again in 2020...all the best! Charlene Trotter, LPFF

  • We had a great time at the Lake Placid Film Festival... Charlene was amazing with communication helping us with last-minute changes in our arrangements...

    Dennis was a great host for the 'Your Shorts Are Showing' screenings with a deep and detailed knowledge of film history...

    LPFF really knows how to take care of their filmmakers with a filmmaker lounge serving wine, beer, soda and water and snacks throughout the whole festival...

    The staff was super friendly and helpful...

    The High Peaks Resort staff that hosted and sponsored the festival was extra accommodating to us...

    We had a great time and hope to be a part of it next year...

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Vagabond, it was great having you and your colleagues join us for the fest and were so happy to show your films. We really hope that you'll be a "regular" at the fest and maybe even a panel next time...all the best. Charlene Trotter, "Your Shorts are Showing Committee"

  • Rose Schimm

    I was honored to have my short film screen at the Lake Placid Film Festival. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but the festival staff were very helpful and prompt with communication. I hope I can attend some other time.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Rose, even though you couldn't attend this time, we really appreciate your review of the LPFF and our 2019 team. We all look forward to seeing you and your films again. The best to you. Charlene Trotter, "Your Shorts are Showing" Committee

  • Grace Combs

    A wonderful event that really made all of its filmmakers feel welcomed and celebrated. It was also a great opportunity as a short documentary filmmaker to network with other professionals in the industry after feature Q&As. I hope to return again next year.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Grace, thank you for attending and for making the documentary "Connie", which was informative and inspiring. We hope to see you in the future. All the best to you. Charlene Trotter, "Your Shorts are Showing" Committee

  • Julie Koehnen

    My short film MASTER SERVANT played at the Lake Placid Film Festival this year and received the bronze medal. LPFF has a huge respect for filmmakers and a real passion for film, and even though I could not attend I felt connected to the festival as there was such a high level of communication between the festival organizers and myself. Charlene Trotter made the experience truly personal. I am looking forward to attending next year!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Julie, your film was a well deserved top 3 in our festival and it left us all wanting to see more of the story and this beautiful film. It looked great on the big screen. The only thing missing was having you join us in Lake Placid, but we always have 2020! All the best to you in your film endeavors and with "Master Servant". Charlene Trotter, "Your Shorts are Showing" Committee