Snowtown Film Festival, a winter celebration of film, is held annually in historic downtown Watertown, NY. Now entering its seventh year, STFF has grown from a humble film-lover’s weekend to a community-wide celebration of filmmaking. The festival features films from throughout the world that emphasize winter and the "spirit" of the greater Northern New York region.  Feature length official selections, a juried short film competition, filmmaker panel discussions and an awards ceremony have marked the two-day schedule, culminating in a unique, culturally-enriching event in the depth of lake effect snow season. 

Snowtown Film Festival provides laurels to all short film finalists and official selections screened at the festival. All short film finalists are in consideration for the festival’s GRAND PRIZE AWARD, which is presented in an award ceremony at the conclusion of the festival. In addition to the GRAND PRIZE, STFF bestows a number of other awards on select films at the ceremony such as OUTSTANDING COMEDY SHORT, OUTSTANDING ANIMATED SHORT, NORTH COUNTRY FILMMAKER’S AWARD, WINTER THROUGH FILM AWARD and others.

1. Submit online via
2. All films must be under 30 minutes
3. You must provide contact information in the form of a valid email address and working telephone number.
4. You must own the public performance rights to the film submitted.
5. There is no fee if your film is submitted prior to our "Early Bird" deadline.
6. After the "Early Bird" deadline but before final deadline, there will be a fee to submit a short film.
7. Rough/Fine Cuts: the festival will only accept one cut of each film for programming
consideration. If needed, the festival will request an updated version and will contact
those applicants directly. Please submit your film in the most complete and finished form possible.
8. Films must be in English or dubbed or subtitled in English. (with narrow exceptions)
9. Time of Completion: Your film must have been completed within three (3) years of the year of the festival. For example, for the 2021 festival, your film should have been completed no earlier than 2018.
10. Entering the competition constitutes the permission of the author(s) for Snowtown Film Festival to use finalists' names, titles of the work, images and brief clips for publicity and promotions without any compensation.

1. Submit your screenplay online via
2. Screenplay must be no longer than twenty pages, including title page, credits, notices, etc. and have a connection to the North Country: author, setting or potential filming location.
3. Screenplay must be in English.
4. Entrants must provide contact information in the form of a valid email address and working telephone number. Multiple authors for the same script are acceptable.
5. Entrant(s) must hold the right to perform, reproduce, display and distribute their work to enter the competition. The work must not have been previously optioned, sold or produced.
6. Festival Entry Fee: $15 entry fee ($10 for college students; no fee for Northern New York Middle and High School students). Partial waiver codes may be provided upon request.
7. Deadline for all entries will be announced.
8. Entering the competition constitutes the permission of the author(s) for Snowtown Film Festival to use finalists' names and titles of the work for publicity and promotions without any compensation.

Overall Rating
  • Louka Hogue

    An amazing festival for all indie filmmakers. The team has a real passion for cinema. The communication was excellent from start to finish. I had the honor this year to see my last short film (Metropolitan Bowling) won the Grand Prize. Thanks a lot to everyone at the Snowtown Film Festival for you amazing work. It has been an amazing experience, and I can't wait to submit another film to the next edition!

    March 2020
  • l am very proud to be in part of this film festival thank you..

    February 2020
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    great to have been part of this fest from the other side of the world in Australia!

    I felt like I was there

    February 2020
  • Collin Hotchkiss

    The Snowtown team is great. They have a real passion for film and showcasing all kinds of projects and creators. What they've been able to do so far is incredible and I can't wait to see how they grow!

    February 2019
  • Snow town is a fun and awesome Festival worth submitting to. We will for sure submit here again in the nearest future. Recommended!

    February 2019