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2023 Lake Placid Film Festival

october, 2023

26oct(oct 26)5:00 pm29(oct 29)5:00 pm2023 Lake Placid Film Festival5:00 pm - 5:00 pm (29) Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive

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2023 Lake Placid Film Festival

This popular four-day event, held on Oct. 26-29, screens a variety of cutting-edge films, while also hosting roundtable discussions, parties and events in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.

2023 Lake Placid Film Festival - October 26-29, 2023

The Lake Placid Film Festival

Adirondack Film is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, as the Lake Placid Film Festival returns to a fully in-person event for the first time since 2019. Films will include cutting-edge features, as well as 40 finalists from the “Your Shorts Are Showing” short film competition.

The festival’s current independent films will include new releases such as: The Stones and Brian Jones,The Old Oak, The Feeling that the Time for Doing Something has Passed, Humanity Stoked, The Teachers Lounge, La Syndicaliste.

The Lake Placid Film Festival will also host a track of Upstate Reels and provide an insight into the process and finished product of art created throughout the Empire State, specifically the Adirondacks.

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 21 with screenings at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, following by the 20th Anniversary Celebration at the High Peaks Resort. Friday night will feature the Gala Tribute dinner celebrating award-nominated producer and director, Raoul Peck, who will participate in a conversation with guests. Peck is best known for I am Not Your Negro (Netflix) and the newly-released Exterminate all the Brutes (HBO).

Seminars for both professionals and aspiring filmmakers will occur all weekend long and will cover a wide range of topics, including financing, re-thinking film distribution in the post pandemic landscape and legal topics.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be more screenings of shorts and feature films, the opening of the filmmaker’s and VIP lounge and more seminars and panel discussions. The top ten “Your Shorts Are Showing” countdown will take place on Sunday.

History of the Lake Placid Film Festival

The Lake Placid Film Festival began with a raging blizzard in 1997 when more than 300 people braved the bad weather to come to the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid for a screening of Atom Egoyan’s new film The Sweet Hereafter. The Adirondack Film Society was born two years later.The mission was broad and included an independent film festival, year-round screenings of independent films, classic films, silent films, and films of local filmmakers.

Over the years, what is now called the Lake Placid Film Festival, has hosted numerous film luminaries, including directors, screenwriters, actors, educators, film critics and others devoted to independent film and diverse and cutting-edge film projects

Guests have included Milos Forman,  Paul Schrader, Jay Craven, Cliff Robertson, Buck Henry, Willem Dafoe, Raoul Peck, John Cameron Mitchell,  Norman Jewison, John Sayles,  Mira Nair,  Campbell Scott, Frank McCourt, George Romero, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Trask, Martin Scorsese, Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro, Ray Harryhausen, Peter Riegert,  Mathew Modine,  Steve Buscemi,  Jimmy Tolkan,  Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey,  Sarah Polley, Jonathan Demme, Elvis Mitchell,  Debra Winger, Michael Barker, Hal Holbrook, and many others.

Attending the 2023 Lake Placid Film Festival

Annual Pass: Producer Pass plus all Adirondack Film events through the year including See Something That Means Something
$ 350.00 Get Tickets Here

Producer Pass: Festival Pass plus Red Carpet Cocktail
$ 200.00 Get Tickets Here

Festival Pass: Screenings, Panels, Parties, Mixers, etc.
$ 100.00 Get Tickets Here

Student Festival Pass
$ 50.00 Get Tickets Here

Friday or Saturday Pass:  Screenings, Panels, Parties, Mixers, etc.
$ 40.00 Get Tickets Here

Sunday Pass: Screenings, Panels, Parties, Mixers, etc.
$ 25.00

Take Amtrak to the Lake Placid Film Festival

Experience the Lake Placid Film Festival via Amtrak to the Westport Station (WSP) in Westport, NY or to the Plattsburgh Station (PLB) in Plattsburgh, NY. Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

Rent a car with Enterprise! Click here to reserve your car or call the Plattsburgh office today at: 518-566-0248.


26 (Thursday) 5:00 pm - 29 (Sunday) 5:00 pm


Lake Placid Center for the Arts

17 Algonquin Drive