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.

In 2018, the PFF is pleased to showcase NY filmmakers in our "New York State of Mind" block on Saturday, July 28, where all films featured are proudly made in the Empire State.

Diverse voices from all over the world are welcome. Happy submitting!

A portion of ticket sales and all sponsorships benefit the cultural programming of the Field Library, a major information hub for the city of Peekskill.

Awards will be given out at our legendary after party on Saturday, July 28!
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.

We are happy to return your films with a self- addressed, stamped envelope with the appropriate postage. However, the PFF is in no way liable, nor responsible, for the return of your film.

Since the PFF is a non-profit organization which benefits The Field Library of Peekskill, there are absolutely no fee waivers for the festival. Please do not ask!

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    Neil Needleman

    The Peekskill Film Festival was a well-organized event. The selection of films was broad and very well curated. The venue (the historic Paramount theater) was simply stunning. Bravo to all the organizers for putting together an impressive festival. It was an honor to be part of the vent with my movie "Two Landscapes."

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Neil, and thank you for your beautiful film. We hope to see you next year! -- A Morgan

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    Doğuş Algün

    Over time it will be a big festival.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! And please keep making films -- you are a treasure. Best, Alicia M.