Snowtown Film Festival, a winter celebration of film, is held annually in historic downtown Watertown, NY. Now entering our eighth 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 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 shorts 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 all aspects 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 2022 festival, your film should have been completed no earlier than 2019.
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 clips for publicity and promotions without any compensation. The festival will notify the finalist if pre-festival broadcast promotion is. anticipated.

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
  • Xin Li

    Thank you for giving the award towards my film The Winter. It is a great honour to be included in Snowtown Film Festival . Thank you for the wonderful experience.

    March 2021
  • Adam Gascho

    We'd like to thank everyone at Snowtown for having Stray Dogs in this year's festival. Communication was amazing and our zoom interview went off without a hitch. Terrance, Don, and Kylie were super helpful, and we'd recommend this festival to anyone looking for a festival run by people who care. We hope to be back in the future. Keep clam and flannel on!

    February 2021
  • I loved my experience with Snowtown Film Festival! I was honoured to make it to FINALIST for my first short documentary "Hearts And Stripes" and was even more thrilled to have it play on WPBS on January 23, 2021 as part of their wonderful 1-hour virtual festival preview. They really went out of their way to provide an incredible virtual experience, with loads of great content. I cannot recommend this festival enough. Would love to attend in person one day! 10/10 and cheers from Montreal!

    February 2021
  • This was the best festival “Beyond the City skyline” has been apart of. Their was great films and they even reposted mine on social media. Make all the hard work out into the film worth it! Thank you

    February 2021
  • thank you very much

    we loved the event

    February 2021