The Hamilton (New York) International Film Festival
July 20th- July 26th, 2020

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.

SBE's Hamilton International Film Festival is advertised in major industry magazines and newspapers, including the Syracuse Post-Standard, the Hollywood Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment, the Utica Observer, a variety of radio stations, and over 25 publications and online venues.

The following corporate partners have made major contributions to the Slater Brothers' Hamilton International Festival: Purina's Fancy Feast, Nestle, Global Craft, The Colgate Inn, Good Nature Brewing, Stella Artois, Shapna Coffee and Tea Company, Anheuser Busch, Vitamin Water, Chobani Greek Yogurt, The Wendt Inn, NBT Bank, Saranac, Oneida Saving Bank, French Design Group, J.H. Crowe Apothecary 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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • 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
  • Mark Ward

    We were able to attend HIFF with our short film, MASTERS, for only one day, but that one day was unforgettable. The Slater Brothers couldn't have been more welcoming, the films in our block were top quality, the village of Hamilton is gorgeous, and frankly we didn't want to leave. We immediately felt like we were among old friends. In just one day, we met people I'm positive we'll know for a lifetime. I strongly suggest you submit to this fest, and if you're fortunate enough to be selected, I even more strongly suggest you attend.

    August 2019
  • I'm really sad that I couldn't attend the festival (live in Stockholm). Schedule looked great and the communication with the festival has been very good. I hope to get the chance to take part later on.

    August 2019
  • Kazy Tauginas

    When describing this festival, the first word that comes to mind is "WOW." The festival rolled out the red carpet for all the filmmakers. They truly made us all feel like VIPs. They provided housing, networking events, a Q & A panel, and plenty of after parties. The films they screened were of the highest quality. I found myself entertained by all the short film blocks. I highly recommend submitting your film to this festival, but be warned... it better be good, because the bar has been set HIGH.

    August 2019
  • Tyler Mendelson

    Hamilton was one of my favorite festivals so far. I really appreciated the festival directors and their hospitality in inviting us to stay at no charge for the whole weekend to attend the different screenings, as well as other events scheduled, all which are great networking opportunities. Though I wasn't able to stay for the entire weekend, I really enjoyed the experience, and was happy to have my film screen among some very impressive work by very talented people. Hoping to be back next year!

    August 2019