2023 Lake Placid Film Festival Passes on Sale


August 30, 2023





Festival passes are now on sale for the expanded 22nd annual Lake Placid Film Festival (Oct. 26-29). The four-day festival applauds cutting-edge feature films, award-winning shorts, precedential independent television, engaging movies and moving tributes. All of these stories are set in the charming village of Lake Placid in Upstate New York.

Adirondack Film is honored to forge a new alliance with Catalyst Story Institute, a nationally-recognized organization committed to growing the expanding world of episodic television. This partnership will allow attendees to explore some of the best independent television content along with panels from industry experts highlighting the rapidly changing television landscape.

“The Catalyst Story Institute supports artists and filmmakers to get their work out there, to help pitch, to help with really practical skills in their careers, and they offer a supportive base to do that,” says Filmmaker and ADK Film Board Member Megan MacDonald. 

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. 

Furthermore, the Lake Placid Film Festival will 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 Lake Placid Film Festival has been a cinema haven for filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts for over two decades. With the introduction of these new opportunities, there has never been a better time to attend the Festival,” says Interim Director, Matt Fretz.

Friday night’s Gala Tribute dinner celebrates esteemed American Film Producer, Barbara DeFina, in conversation with producer Paul Hardart. Ms. DeFina is one of the most significant and prolific producers of our time, having made critical contributions as a producer of many of Martin Scorcese’s films. Her major Executive Producer credits include Goodfellas, The Grifters, and the Mesmerist, to name only a few.

There is a fantastic range of passes this year, including a discounted pass for all high school and college students. 

They include:

  • $100: All Access Festival Pass 
  • Entry to all film screenings (subject to capacity, arrive 10 minutes early)
  • Entry to all panels (subject to capacity, arrive 10 minutes early).
  • Entry into select events and mixers, including Your Shorts are Showing Awards, Saturday Night Party, Trivia Night, with more to be announced. (Subject to Capacity, Excludes Gala).
  • $200: Producer Pass 
  • All the benefits of an All Access Pass plus:
  • An initiation to the exclusive LPFF Gala Dinner
  • $350: Annual Pass 
  • All the benefits of the Producer Pass plus:
  • (1) See Something That Means Something 2024 Pass
  • Additional Screenings Throughout the Year
  • $50: Student Festival Pass
  • All the benefits of the Festival Pass for students
  • $25-40: Day Festival Pass:
  • All the benefits of the All Access Festival Pass for one (1) day only.

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