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Albany Film Festival: What you need to know

"We managed to pull off a hybrid event last year, even in a heavy downpour at the Malta Drive-In, which reminded us of how much people love to watch films together. We hope to draw a large crowd to our indoor screens and comfortable venues on the UAlbany uptown campus on Saturday for this free community event.


The combination of screening full-length films, discussions of adapting books into films and conversations about the screenwriting craft underscore the “bookish” nature of the Albany Film Festival.

It is a celebration of storytelling on screen.


Come join the conversation."

– Paul Grondahl, NYS Writers Institute

The Albany Film Festival

10:30 am to 7 pm Saturday, April 2

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222




  • The festival is free and open to the public. No registration nor tickets required for any of the events.


  • There is no charge for parking. See designated parking lots and accessible parking areas at https://bit.ly/AlbanyFilmFestival-Parking


  • 20 events, screenings, and discussions will be held in seven venues located on the UAlbany campus: three in Campus Center West and four in the Lecture Centers. Complete details, including venue maps, featured guest bios, movie trailers and more at www.albanyfilmfestival.org



  • The campus food court will be open on Saturday. Some eateries – Starbucks, for one -- do not accept cash. Bring your credit/debit card.


  • We will be collecting cash donations to aid the people of Ukraine. 100% of donations will be given to World Central Kitchen. You may also donate online at https://wck.org


  • Give yourself time to walk to the various venues. In most cases, we have a 30-minute window from the end of one event before the beginning of the next.


  • We will present Ironweed Awards to filmmakers Stanley Nelson, Marcia Smith, and Derek Cianfrance at the closing ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center West Auditorium. We will also give awards and cash prizes to Short Film Contest winners. Our first Ironweed Award was presented to legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in front of a sold-out audience at The Egg in October 2018.


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Any questions? Send an email or post a comment below and we’ll get back to you right away. See you Saturday!