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Your Shorts Are Showing!


Meet our “shorts” filmmakers, whose films have been selected by our panel of judges to be screened at the Lake Placid Film Festival. We’ve programmed 3 sessions on Saturday, October 26th, and 1 session on Sunday morning. The the top 10 Finalists will be screened again on Sunday, October 27th at 2:30pm. We will count down from 10th to 1st and award the top 3 prizes totaling $2,250 in Lake Placid fashion - Bronze, Silver, Gold. Don’t miss these wonderful films and the Awards Ceremony at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Each session is $15/person & Sunday Top 10 is FREE

FREE to all LPFF Full Festival Passholders


“Your Shorts are Showing”…

Now in its 19th year, the Lake Placid Film Festival (LPFF) has presented unique and diverse film and related programming in an intimate, yet world renowned location. Throughout our rich history, we have consistently delivered a combination of feature length, documentary, short and student films and our annual event includes conversations, panels, seminars, filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, screenwriters and special events. The Lake Placid Film Festival (formerly Forum), is an annual event of the Adirondack Film Society, which is a 501(c-3) non-profit organization located in Lake Placid, New York, organized with the mission of bringing quality film programming to the Adirondacks year round.

Lake Placid is located in the heart of the Adirondack Park, the jewel of the Empire State. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, our fest is held in the most breathtaking setting imaginable. Held in late October, the Lake Placid Film Festival comes to the village showcasing top films from all over the world, while nature is displaying the flaming colors of autumn, white mountain peaks, crisp fresh air, and world-class hospitality. This is an event that is not to be missed!

Throughout the years, the LPFF has featured and hosted academy award winning directors such as Guillermo Del Toro, John Sayles, Milos Forman, Norman Jewison and Martin Scorcese. Actors including Debra Winger, Kyra Sedgwick, John Favreau, Matthew Modine, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cliff Robertson, Peter Riegert, Steve Buscemi, Tony Shalhoub, Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott and Willem name a select few.

The Lake Placid Film Festival was co-founded by Lake Placid native Kathleen Carroll, former movie critic for the New York Daily News, Russell Banks, internationally acclaimed author, Nelson Page, former theatre owner/operator, Naj Wykoff, artist and writer and John Huttlinger, local businessman and arts patron. Programming for the LPFF has always been our top priority and we seek out those films that typically cannot be seen anywhere else in the Adirondack region.

In keeping with the Olympic spirit of Lake Placid, having held the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, we felt a competition for 2019 would be an exciting addition to our lineup.

This is where you come in. We invite you to submit your "short" film(s) for competition in our 2019 fest. They may be from 2 minutes to 15 minutes in length in any category or subject matter. Please review our rules and terms and let us know if you have any questions. Our website, as well as our social media pages will continue to post and update the latest information about the Shorts Competition, all film programming, fest events, special guests as well as places to stay, eat and play. We hope you will all join us for all or part of this unique film experience.

Your entry fees will help support our mission of bringing quality film programming to the Adirondacks for generations to come. We would love you to become a part of our legacy and wish each of you the best of luck!

Awards & Prizes

Lake Placid Film Festival 2019 "SHOW US YOUR SHORTS" Awards

Gold - $1,000
Silver - $750
Bronze - $500

Top 10 Finalists - Special Recognition at Awards Ceremony and exclusive 2nd screening before awards ceremony on Sunday, October 27, 2019. From the Top 10, the Top 3 of these will receive the cash prizes listed above.

NOTE: Shorts Competition LPFF 2019 starts on April 25, 2019. All submissions for LPFF 2019 are through FilmFreeway. Click on the icon to enter the competition.

Lake Placid Film Festival 2019 proudly accepts entries exclusively on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.