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19th Annual Lake Placid Film Festival

It gives us all great pleasure to present the 2019 Lake Placid Film Festival.  As 2018 did, 2019 represents another significant leap forward in the nineteen-year history of our Festival.  In our history, it goes without saying that we have hosted many of the true giants of the film making world; from Martin Scorsese, and Norman Jewison in earlier years, to this year’s Peter Riegert, Chris Costello, and the Producer/Director of one of this year’s Official Selections, Louise Woehrle, and, numbers of other guests to be announced. 2019 is shaping up to be one of the best years ever.

            This year too, we have expanded the Festival to five days, with a Trailer Party, showing snippets of all of our movies, and celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our Newspaper, the Adirondack Daily News, at the Hotel Saranac on October 23rd, to our official Opening Party at the High Peaks Resort on October 24th, featuring renown New Orlean’s Jazz Artist, James Rivers, and the James Rivers’ Movement, to the Tribute and Awards Dinner on Friday evening dedicated to one of our esteemed colleagues and founders, Russell Banks.  This year promises to cement our path to again becoming one of the nations best small film festivals.  As Norman Jewison said, and we believe him, “… the Lake Placid Film Festival is just a bit more intelligent.”

            We have also, this year, expanded the full array of benefits in our VIP Lounge, ranging from complimentary beverages, mimosas, beer, wine, soft drinks, and popcorn between movies; to scheduled wine tastings and scheduled meet and greets with our guests.  We have also included, with the purchase of the Full Festival Passes, and certain sponsorship participation, not only admission to the VIP Lounge throughout the Festival, but complimentary admission to the Wednesday evening Trailer Party (again with jazz), complimentary admission to our Official Opening Party and the After Party on Thursday, as well as admission to all films and seminars during the weekend.  For those that just want to dip their respective toes in the water this year, all movies are also available through individual ticket purchases, at each venue’s box office, on a space available basis, for only $15.00.

            And again, just within the range of what’s possible, in the changing of a regional Film Festival, over two years, is the addition of an International  Film Shorts Competition, YOUR SHORTS ARE SHOWING, with the top judged contenders being screened at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, over the day Saturday, with the award winners being announced, along with the top ten runners up, on Sunday afternoon at 2:00, at the LPCA.  Full Festival Passes also entitle you to admission at the Short’s Award Ceremony on Sunday.  And, for our FREE SOLO gang from last year, the screening of another, to be announced, critically acclaimed outdoor adventure film on Saturday night, again at the LPCA.

            Finally, all this, wrapped up, all over, all infused, throughout, our magical, and movie worthy, Olympic Village; the Village of Lake Placid, and presenting another opportunity, “to visit Lake Placid”, for yet another five wonderful days and nights.

We look forward to seeing you; at the movies.

 Gary D. Smith, Festival Director


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It takes time…

to create a film festival for 2019 that will be better than the last! Gary (left) and Nelson (right) take a break from another LPFF2019 Planning Meeting at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.

Gary Smith is the 2019 Festival Director and Adirondack Film Society Vice-Chairman and Nelson Page is the Chairman & President of the Adirondack Film Society.