Lake Placid Film Festival: October 20-23, 2022
"Your Shorts are Showing"

If you want to network, learn, and kick back with like-minded filmmakers, head to Lake Placid (Placid for locals). The Adirondack setting is like no other and the film vibe, well… don’t just take our word for it, hear what others have to say about the hospitality, the quality of the indies, features, and speakers as well as the opportunity to take classes from some of the best in the business.

“...a wonderful opportunity to share my film and have a quality in-depth conversation with an engaged audience” -Ryan O’Leary

“...the love, appreciation, and respect that the festival’s organization showed for its filmmakers and their audiences was obvious throughout the entire event” -Mark Burns

“ fall in love with the space…with Lake Placid. And the more creative people I can talk with, the better. Sitting by the fire with other filmmakers is great” -Marco Baratta

Networking like no other
It isn’t just early morning seminars and the late-night pizza at the fire pit with like-minded filmmakers, it’s the hands-on learning with industry pros to build your filmmaking career.

Showcasing you and your film
The top 30 shorts are “selected” and screened & promoted during and after the festival. The top 6 finalists are invited to the Featured Filmmaker Series. This virtual series highlights one short film per week, followed by an interview with the director and a film industry moderator.

We appreciate your work
We’ll make every effort to promote your work on our social media and website channels during and after the event.

Your entry brings a weekend of perks and parties
*Free All-Session pass for two to panels, shorts, and feature films
*Free entry to the Opening Reception
*Free entry to all Filmmaker Educational seminars
*Free entry to It's All About Comedy night on Friday night
*Filmmaker Awards party, Adirondack-style

*Our judges are industry professionals: film critics, directors, screen writers. A complete list will be available in the coming weeks
*Key factors judges will take into account include originality, directing, writing, performances, and sound, among others
*Our 3 “Best” winners will be announced at the Lake Placid Film Festival with the “Best in Festival” Award

Throughout the years, Adirondack Film has featured and hosted Academy award-winning directors such as Guillermo Del Toro, John Sayles, Milos Forman, Norman Jewison, and Martin Scorcese. We have also hosted actors including Debra Winger, Kyra Sedwick, John Favreau, Matthew Modine, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cliff Robertson, Peter Riegert, Steve Buscemi, Tony Shalhoub, Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott, William Defoe, and others.

Lake Placid Film Festival 2022 "Your Shorts are Showing" Awards

Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Student Film
Best in Festival

*Films must be complete- minimum of 2:00 minutes to maximum 15:00 minutes, including titles and credits
*Three categories include: 1. Narrative (drama or comedy) 2. Documentary 3. Student film
*All film submissions must go through FilmFreeway: digital submissions only. No DVDS or Blu-rays accepted.
*If using Vimeo, provide a “private” link with permission to download
*If using YouTube, set to “unlisted” and provide link
*Films must be in English or have English subtitles
*No limit to the number of submissions per filmmaker, but each submission requires an entry fee
*All films must have been completed after January 1, 2021.
*No premier requirements
*No refunds
*No fee waivers
*Top 30 “selected” shorts will be notified on September 21, 2022 through FilmFreeway
*Top 30 “selected” shorts will be screened at the Lake Placid Film Festival October 20-23, 2022, including Narrative, Documentary, and Student films
*The Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Student Film and Best in Festival awards will be announced at an Awards Party on Saturday night, October 22, 2022.
*FILMMAKER RELEASE: Adirondack Film (AF) and the Lake Placid Film Festival (LPFF) is granted permission and the rights 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. In addition, we are 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: websites, e-communications, social media, TV, internet, radio, and print sources. The submitter provides Adirondack Film with indemnity and release from any/all liabilities, losses, damages, claims, and expenses relating to any trademark, copy-write, credits, publicity, and screening. You will be added to Adirondack Film e-mail lists to be updated on all activities

*Adirondack Film and the Lake Placid Film Festival reserves the right to modify scheduling, venues and other events of the Lake Placid Film Festival 2022.


Overall Rating
  • Super tight and thoughtful communication! The filmmaker love was palpable throughout! We're so elated and honored to be an AWARD FINALIST. Much LOVE, "MarriageFit" Cast n Crew

    November 2021
  • Pierre B

    Great, Great, Great film festival. Very nice and warm team. Definitely one of my best experience. Thank you Lake Placid!! I will submit my next film.

    December 2020
  • Brian Elliott

    Love these folks - wonderful, warm people who have been very engaging. Grateful to be in the Lake Placid FF Fold!

    November 2020
  • 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"