The 13th Annual Hamilton (New York) International Film Festival
July 19th- July 25th, 2021

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

Global Cinema in the Heart of New York State

"...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 Short
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
  • Rodrigues David

    It was a honor for us to be selected on your wonderful festival.
    The whole team of the film « Leaving to live » thank you warmly for your great work and your sympathy !
    All the Best, 🍀

    September 2020
  • Judson Vaughan

    Massive shout out to Todd, Kelsey, Slater Brothers Entertainment, and the whole HNYIFF Team. They embody the spirit of indie film making and celebration of the moving image. Straight up, just brilliant organisation with timely, good communication all along the way. A breath of fresh air on the indie film festival circuit. These guys really do care! We were really pleased and excited to be selected, to have won was just fantastic. Thank you again for HNYIFF!

    August 2020

    One of the best film festivals! The communication is so great and they are very kindful. We were here with "IT'S ME" short film and we won best drama! We love HNYIFF and we are very proud to be part of!

    August 2020
  • Great festival, great people, great movies. Highly recommend.

    August 2020
  • Shara Ashley Zeiger

    I am so grateful to have screened my film at Hamilton! I wasn't able to attend but the communication was wonderful, and the hospitality they offered was really impressive. I even got to connect with Industry after the festival who reached out even though I wasn't there. I hope to go with another film in the future and see it all first hand.

    August 2019