The 15th Annual Hamilton (New York) International Film Festival
July 17th- July 23rd, 2023

Feature, Comedy Short, Horror Short, Dramatic/Thriller Short, Documentary Short, Canadian Short and Student Short Categories.

Global Cinema in the Heart of New York State

"What a lovely festival. I had the privilege of showing my short film, "On the Sidewalk, at Night" at HNYIFF. Not only was my film included with top notch stories, it was well received by the festival's dedicated audience of local college town artists and movie-goers."

-Alex Deland. On the Sidewalk at Night

"It was a pleasure screening my film and attending your festival. Words can’t express how grateful I am to the hospitality and friendliness I experienced at your festival. I felt welcomed and like family around everyone. Truly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at a film festival in my 14 years of making films. Looking forward to attending again and spreading the word to other filmmakers! Thank you so very much."

- Daryl Denner, Writer Director
The Jogger

"...such a great town and a wonderful festival, so welcoming. It was so inspiring to be around so many young and talented film makers.

-Finn Taylor, Director Unleashed & 3 Time Director Sundance Film Festival

"Can't say enough about how wonderful SBE's Hamilton International Film Festival has been. Truly honored to have our film "My Hero" included and I want to thank Grant & Todd Slater and everyone else involved for such a great experience. Just amazing.
Hope you'll have us back next year!"

- Loring Murtha, Actor/Director My Hero

"SBE’s Hamilton International Film Festival presents an incredible opportunity to network with other ambitious filmmakers, exchange ideas and fundraising strategies while experiencing the charm of Hamilton, New York. The Hamilton Theater is a gorgeous venue and Grant Slater has put together a 5 star festival with a great selection of film, food and local beers. This is a must-attend festival that offers more than just frivolous laurels to it’s filmmakers… one could say that you leave Hamilton with a new group of friends that offer a different perspective on making and watching movies!"

-D.J. Higgins Director, Writer/Producer Meet Mario

"The charm and intimacy of the Hamilton International Film Festival makes it a MUST for all filmmakers. Grant and Todd Slater and the entire Hamilton community couldn't be more hospitable. I can't wait to make another film just so I can come back!!"

-Doug Dearth, Producer/Director Underdogs

"It was an absolute honour to be part of such a well respected film festival. Thanks to the help, hard work and commitment from SBE my career in the UK has gone from strength to strength. My Single, Worry hit the iTunes Download chart and peaked at Number 6. The follow up track I've recently released has hit the viral UK Top 50 on Spotify and we have now put a European Tour together. Its thanks to people such as Grant believing in me from an early stage of my development that has helped me get to where I am now."

-Sebastian Tree
United Kingdom Recording Artist

“Had a great time this past weekend in Hamilton, NY at the Hamilton International Film Festival with Tika Simone. "Five Dollars" was received with nothing but positive reviews from a beautifully sold out theater! Huge thanks goes out to Grant Slater and the Slater Brothers for being great hosts once again!"

- Rez Ota, Producer/Director FIve Dollars

We have safely arrived in Austria and I just wanted to thank you once again for the invitation, as well as the chance to present Noriko at your festival. I had a really great time, for it was one of the most intimate and passionate festivals I’ve ever been to.

It was a great experience to be part of the HIFF. Thank you for the support.

-Christian Jilka (Austria)
Writer/Director Noriko

SBE's Hamilton International Film Festival is located in the beautiful Chenango Valley region of Central New York. Long known as weekend retreat for city dwellers from New York, Boston, Ottawa, and Toronto, the Chenango Valley boasts some of the most beautiful vistas in North America and has gained an international reputation for its cultural events, outdoor activities and academic institutions.

The following corporate partners have made major contributions to the Hamilton (New York) International Festival: Colgate University, Price Chopper, Purina's Fancy Feast, Nestle, The Colgate Inn, Stella Artois, Vitamin Water, Chobani Greek Yogurt, NBT Bank, French Design Group, and Veev Acai Spirits.

The Hamilton New York International Film Festival Awards include:

The Adam "The Hammer" Heck Award for most inspirational filmmaker
Best Feature
Best Dramatic/Thriller
Best Neighbor to the North (Canada)
Best Comedy
Best Short Documentary

The Hamilton (New York) International Film Festival is accepting All Genres, Feature Length (50 Minutes or More) and Short Films. Please include all contact information.

Overall Rating
  • Molly Tomecek

    One of the best festival I attended last year by far- it is in upstate NY in a beautiful area and the old theater your film is screened in is so cool on such a cute street in the heart of town. The festival organizer is incredible, he creates so many opportunities to mingle with other filmmakers in really fun local settings (we had BBQ in his backyard for one networking event a few blocks from the theater and it was a really special way to get to know the neighborhood and fellow filmmakers). I was also really appreciative that the hotel room was provided for filmmakers in the festival. I was also blown away by the caliber of films at the festival so I was super excited that I got to meet the talented people who made them. Can't wait to come back!

    March 2023
  • I am happy to get the best film award from this beautiful film festival. Communication, web news and social media post could be much effective and updated..

    August 2022
  • Joe Ferrera

    Excellent communication from the start. Supportive and sincere interaction. Wonderful film festival. Thank you for all the hard work.

    August 2022
  • An amazing, welcoming festival, with a real heart and community at its core which makes the HNYIFF stand out from the crowd! A place where filmmakers get to share their work with great piers and fantastic audiences!

    August 2022
  • Weston Taylor

    Absolutely amazing festival! Such a beautiful town and community. The team is incredibly accommodating and communication is superb. Hamilton Theater is fantastic! I can’t wait to return.

    July 2022