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
  • Laura Dowling Shea

    We have had the great good fortune to screen in this festival for the past three years. The venue is just marvelous. The Paramount Theatre is an old and fully restored 1100 seat theatre and the festival did an amazing job making sure the seats were full. Can’t say enough good things about this venue. There are high quality fun restaurants and coffee shops steps from the Theater and a short gorgours train ride from New York City. The step and repeat is well lit and the photographer super accommodating. Some of the most fun and flattering festival photos ever! Perhaps best of all we screened with talented filmmakers with high quality films. Thank you Peekskill Film Festival for another great year.

    August 2018
  • Louise Fleming

    This festival is run by an organized, dedicated and passionate crew. There was a fine selection of work screened. I am happy that my short [Pecking Order] was a part of the line-up. Good panel discussions. The town itself is quite lovely and lends itself to this type of event. I look forward to the Peekskill FF 2019!

    August 2018
  • Great atmosphere and great management. First ever festival I attended as a creator and it set the bar pretty high for me. Definitely will submit again!

    August 2018
  • Nicole Maupin

    Had such a wonderful time at the Peekskill Fest. Was unfortunately only able to get out of town for one screening day but everyone couldn’t have been more welcoming! Thanks for having us! Next time I hope I can make it for the whole weekend would have loved more time to get to know the hosts and other filmmakers!

    August 2018
  • Jon Navarro

    Beautiful venue. Warm and friendly staff. Loved walking around the small town and taking in all the little mom & pop establishments nearby. It was like unlocking a time capsule and finding this pristine untouched gem. Absolutely adorable, and would love to go back again!

    August 2018