"Your Shorts are Showing"

Gold - $1,000
Silver - $750
Bronze - $500

Now in its 19th year, the Lake Placid Film Festival (LPFF) has presented unique and diverse film and related programming in an intimate, yet world renowned location. Throughout our rich history, we have 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. The Lake Placid Film Festival (formerly Forum), is an annual event of the Adirondack Film Society, which is a 501(c-3) non-profit organization located in Lake Placid, New York, organized with the mission of bringing quality film programming to the Adirondacks year round.

Lake Placid is located in the heart of the Adirondack Park, the jewel of the Empire State. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, our fest is held in the most breathtaking setting imaginable. Held in late October, the Lake Placid Film Festival comes to the village showcasing top films from all over the world, while nature is displaying the flaming colors of autumn, white mountain peaks, crisp fresh air, and world-class hospitality. This is an event that is not to be missed!

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 Willem name a select few.

The Lake Placid Film Festival was co-founded by Lake Placid native Kathleen Carroll, former movie critic for the New York Daily News, Russell Banks, internationally acclaimed author, Nelson Page, former theatre owner/operator, Naj Wykoff, artist and writer and John Huttlinger, local businessman and arts patron. Programming for the LPFF has always been our top priority and we seek out those films that typically cannot be seen anywhere else in the Adirondack region.

In keeping with the Olympic spirit of Lake Placid, having held the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, we felt a competition for 2019 would be an exciting addition to our lineup.

This is where you come in. We want to showcase your amazing short films to a paying audience at LPFF 2019 and invite you to submit your film(s) for competition in our 2019 fest to be judged. We plan to select up to a maximum of 50 "Official Selections" and screen them live at the event on Saturday 10/24. We will select 10 "Finalists" and from this group, select an Overall Winner GOLD recieving $1000, 2nd Place SILVER $750 and 3rd Place BRONZE $500. 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, all film programming, fest events, special guests as well as places to stay, eat and play. We hope you will all join us for all or part of this unique film experience.

Your entry fees will help support our mission of bringing quality film programming to the Adirondacks for generations to come. We would love you to become a part of our legacy and wish each of you the best of luck!

Lake Placid Film Festival 2019 "Your Shorts are Showing" Awards

Gold - $1,000
Silver - $750
Bronze - $500

"Official Selections" will be screened during LPFF 2019
Top 10 Finalists - Special Recognition at Awards Ceremony and exclusive 2nd screening before awards ceremony on Sunday, October 27, 2019. From the Top 10, the Top 3 of these will receive the cash prizes listed above.

* 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, 2018
* No premier requirements
* UP TO 50 "Official Selections" will be notified on or before September 30, 2019 through FilmFreeway
* Top 10 Finalists will be announced by the LPFF on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the shorts special screening and awards ceremony
* 1st Place-GOLD, 2nd Place-SILVER & 3rd Place-BRONZE winners will be announced by the LPFF at the completion of the 10 Finalists' screenings on Sunday, October 27, 2019

UP TO A MAXIMUM of 50 Films will be selected as LPFF “Official Selections” and all will be screened to a paying audience on Saturday, October 26th at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in 3-4 groupings. 10 Finalists will be announced Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the 2nd screening of their films to an admission-free special event. LPFF will hold an Awards Ceremony at the conclusion of the screenings.

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 2019. 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 2019.


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