2017 Ballston Spa Film Festival
August 4th & 5th

Ballston Spa Film Festival

Film submissions now closed.

Heartfelt thanks to every filmmaker who submitted their work for consideration. We've received well over eighty short films from around the world, and the Team is viewing every one of them to make just the right selections for our August slates.

TENTH annual Ballston Spa International
Short Film Festival

This year marks the 10th annual presentation of the Capital Region's premier international short film festival! Since 2008 the Ballston Spa Film Festival has brought to our community a facinating array of family-friendly short films from around the world... and around the neighborhood.

Here you can see sort films (between 1 and 15 minutes each) from established, emerging and unknown filmmakers. We present four slates of films over two summer evenings. The early slates are shown in the high school auditorium, and the later slates are presented under the stars in the Old Iron Spring Park in downtown Ballston Spa.

Please plan to join us!

Calendar of Events
2017 BSFF

Friday, August 4th
7 - 8pmJuried slate at Ballston Spa High School with local student films, films by filmmakers with local ties, international films
8 - 9pmFun activities in Old Iron Spring Park* prior to 9pm screening. Includes refreshments, fun movie trivia, and more!
9 - 10pmJuried slate in Old Iron Spring Park* including local student films, films by filmmakers with local ties, and international films.
10pm - ??After party at the Brookside Museum featuring light, complimentary refreshments, a cash bar, and wonderful conversation about films & filmmaking.
Saturday, August 5th
7 - 8pmJuried slate at Ballston Spa High School including more local student films, films by filmmakers with local ties, and international films.
8 - 9pmFun activities in Old Iron Spring Park* prior to 9pm screening. Includes children's activities, refreshments, fun movie trivia, and more!
9 - 10pmJuried slate in Old Iron Spring Park* including local student films, films by filmmakers with local ties, and international films.
10pm - ??After party at the Brookside Museum featuring light, complimentary refreshments, a cash bar, wonderful conversation about films & filmmaking, and the Film Festival awards!

* For the showings in Old Iron Spring Park we encourage you to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy these films under the stars. In the event of poor weather outdoor movies will be moved to the high school. Check BSpaFilm.org for change of location.

2016 Ballston Spa International
Short Film Festival
Awards

The 2016 BSFF is a wrap and it exceeded expectations in so many ways! More film submissions, more countries represented, and more films presented than ever before! Thanks to all the filmmakers, their friends & families and film lovers who supported this year's Festival and joined us Friday & Saturday. Once again our indoor slates were enjoyed in the wonderful high school auditorium, and we could not have asked for better weather to enjoy these special films under the stars in the beautiful Old Iron Spring park in downtown Ballston Spa!

Here is the list of award winners as announced at Saturday's after party. Congratulations to all our filmmakers!

You can find the full slates of films we screened at this link.

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival, August 4 & 5, 2017.

2016 BSFF Summary

The 2016 BSFF presented 38 short films, ranging in length from 1 to 15 minutes each. The films came from young filmmakers, emerging student filmmakers and established (but still emerging) filmmakers. Submissions to this established, local film festival arrived from across the country as well as all over the globe. Many of the films have won awards at other film festivals, while some made their world premier at the Ballston Spa Film Festival.

Old Iron Spring-Ballston Spa, NY Over eighty short films from around the world were submitted and reviewed for consideration in the Festival. Ten films were from New York State, eleven came from elsewhere in the US, including California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas. Seventeen films came from international filmmakers in eight other countries; France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, and Ireland. There were five world premieres this year – short films which made their first festival screening anywhere in the world right here in Ballston Spa! And three other films made their USA premieres here! Twelve of the films were from young filmmakers, 21 or younger.

All told, the 4 slates Friday and Saturday provided 4½ hours of entertainment to the folks who joined us in the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium and in the Old Iron Spring Park.

List of BSFF 2016 award winners

There's nothing like the Ballston Spa Film Festival!

The free open air, bring your own chair film festival!


2016 BSFF Sponsor Window Cling

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We need your help!

The Ballston Spa Film Festival is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation with no parent organization providing any support for our wonderful activities. We are 100% dependent on contributions from individuals and organizations like you to keep the BSFF going. Your generous donation in any amount will mean a great deal to us! We hope you appreciate what we are doing and will consider supporting us with your contribution. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival, August 4 & 5, 2017.


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