Founded in 2015, the Peekskill Film Festival (PFF) screens a first-rate mix of features, shorts, documentaries, and animation. In addition to screening the best and brightest in indie film, the PFF hosts workshops with Emmy-Award winning artists and filmmakers, parties, panel discussions, and an entire day dedicated to student film -- all centered in the historic Hudson Valley Paramount Theater, a beautifully restored, 1,100 seat, 1930’s jewel located in the heart of Peekskill’s arts and restaurant district.

Come for a single movie, a day, or the whole weekend. We welcome you to Peekskill, our diverse and glorious Hudson River city, a thriving arts community just under an hour from NYC.

The PFF is pleased to showcase NY filmmakers in our "New York State of Mind" block on Saturday, where all films featured are proudly made in the Empire State.

Diverse voices from the world over are welcome. We especially encourage underrepresented voices, films, and subjects including women, POC, and the LGBTQ+ community.

A portion of proceeds and all sponsorships benefit the cultural programming of The Field Library. The PFF and its filmmakers strive to provide scholarship and and filmmaking opportunities for underprivileged filmmakers.

OUR CREDO: Through informative workshops, and networking opportunities, The PFF will facilitate educational and career-oriented programming for students of film and filmmakers. The festival hopes to introduce, involve and immerse youth from underserved communities to a world where they, too, can contribute and create.

Our Purpose:
Give up and coming filmmakers, writers, actors and producers a chance for their work to be shown in a festival setting,
Provide exposure to award- winning films and performers who reflect the diversity of the city of Peekskill,
Promote film literacy through workshops and lectures, providing participants a chance to see important, overlooked, and often excluded works of film.
Start dialogues. Create. Network!

Festival Specifics:
Tickets: $15. Discounted weekend passes available
For up-to-date information, visit

Awards ceremony will take place at our legendary afterparty on Saturday, July 27th!
Awards include:
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Documentary
Best Student
Best Animation
Best Director
Best Cinematography
NY State of Mind Award
Best of Fest
Audience Favorite

The PFF does not require premiere screening rights; we also take no responsibility for stipulations of your distribution agreements or copyrights for prior television, film, internet or festival showings.

Legally, clearance for copyrighted material included in your film must be obtained before public screening. The PFF does not check for, nor take responsibility for the inclusion of uncleared materials in film submissions or selections. Filmmakers are responsible for securing festival clearance rights for music, stock footage or any other material, to avoid potential rights infringements.

In most cases we accept digital submissions ONLY. However, wee are happy to return your films with a self- addressed, stamped envelope with the appropriate postage. The PFF is in no way liable, nor responsible, for the return of your film.

Overall Rating
  • Scott Farrell

    This was one of my favorite festivals to attend because it was so much fun and the venue, The Paramount was great. Chris and his team do a great job staying in contact and I look forward to submitting again in the future!

    August 2019
  • This is our second time screening at the festival and it gets better and better every year...

    August 2019
  • Mary Lou Belli

    We had wonderful time! The theatre was magnificent. We so enjoyed the programming. And met some wonderful filmmakers. It was well run and very friendly.

    August 2019
  • Dan McNamara

    I was unable to attend due to a health emergency but Chris and I communicated up until the festival, he was incredibly passionate about my film, and offered creative ways to screen it at the festival. It's very rare to to work with such a passionate and supportive film festival organizer like Chris. I would definitely consider submitting a future project and attending for sure!

    August 2019
  • Kate Haug

    Wonderful festival. Excellent communication. Amazing location.
    Thank you, Peekskill!

    August 2019