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Here comes the Albany Film Festival

We're two days away from the start of our Albany Film Festival. Excited? You bet!

It's our inaugural film festival, so it's new to us all here in the Capital Region.

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We kick things off this weekend with a pair of workshops:

A Working Screenwriter's Primer

1 p.m. Saturday, April 24


Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is an executive at Pipeline Media Group, Editor-in-Chief of Pipeline Artists, former Editor-in-Chief of Script magazine and a former Senior Editor at Writer's Digest, where she wrote a regular screenwriting column.

Christopher Schiller is a transactional entertainment attorney who counts many independent filmmakers and writers among his diverse client base. He has an extensive personal history in production and screenwriting experience which benefits him in the long running, industry column “Legally Speaking, It Depends” he writes for Scrmipt agazine

Anastasia Traina wrote the original screenplay, HORTON BLISS selling to Sony Pictures. She has written the feature film, AWAY for Open City Films, the feature SPARTICLES AND STRING and wrote for the one-hour drama STREET TIME a SHO original series.

518 Filmmakers talk no-budget films, making mistakes and how to get your mom to stop saying “it’s never too late for med school”

7 p.m. Sunday, April 25

Micah Khan is a filmmaker based in Schenectady who has won Robert Rodriguez’s People’s Network Showcase Contest. He recently directed the short film, “Meetcute on Danceworld,” and is currently working on a feature length cosmic horror film and collaborating with MovieMaker on a video series on the craft of movies.

Aden Suchak is an educator, writer, and director, and director of education at Youth FX, a national film education organization based in Albany. His latest film DRIVER won the Emerging Filmmaker grant sponsored by director Colin Trevorrow at the Scout Film Festival in 2020.

Many more Albany Film Festival events coming up next week, including the NYS Writers Institute Night at the Drive-In at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, and the first night of "Passages" on Friday, April 30, our outdoor projection mapping display that'll light up the 195-feet wide facade of the Science Library on the UAlbany campus.

Visit for a complete schedule. Some events require registrations, but all are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.


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