2017 Ballston Spa Film Festival
August 4th & 5th


April 6, 2015


Ballston Spa Film Festival, Inc. (BSFF) has received a 2015 Community Arts Grant in support of the 8th annual Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival to be held August 7th & 8th.

The $3,500 grant will be used for design fees of festival materials, costs associated with the audio/visual services needed to run the films, to help cover costs of printing promotion/advertising materials including posters/flyers/ads/event program, and for billboard advertising.

By receiving this grant, the BSFF will be able to reach a wider community audience and geographic area, and will help keep the event free to the community.

Saratoga Arts - 2014 BSFF Sponsor Saratoga Arts makes the 8th annual Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival possible with a 2015 Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

January 17, 2015


The 8th annual Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival (BSFF) has been consistently bringing Hollywood to the Capital District with top industry judges, world premieres and Oscar nominees. But this year, the BSFF goes to Sundance!

Sundance Institute Dr. Jan Broberg Carter, 4-time BSFF judge, festival winner, published film critic, director and award-winning film composer has invited BSFF Director Pamela Grandin to join her at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, founded by Robert Redford, in Park City, Utah. Grandin will be heading to Sundance with Carter from January 21st-27th.

While Carter is a seasoned Sundance attendee, this will be the first for Grandin. In addition to Carter’s advice, Grandin has sought advice from BSFF’s founder Daniel DeFabio and long time BSFF judge Larry Jackson – both providing extremely generous and helpful advice!

Excited doesn’t begin to describe Grandin’s thoughts about representing the BSFF at Sundance. Elated, scared, blessed and terrified are all words that raced through her head after she gave the “yes” to Carter’s invitation. The first year of the festival Grandin was just a spectator with her husband and children. Little did she know that four years later she would be stepping into the director position, and then four years after that, heading to Sundance as a result!

Grandin feels this wonderful opportunity comes at the perfect time for BSFF as the planning committee is gearing up this month to kick off the 2015 festival on August 7th and 8th of this year. Grandin is looking forward to connecting with short filmmakers, the organizer of the short film competition and discovering something new that she can bring back and implement in future festivals. And she is attending with Sundance Institute President and Founder, Robert Redford’s words in mind; “Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire and ultimately, connect us.” She is looking forward to bringing some of that Sundance inspiration back to the area along with the Hollywood we already have. The new contacts and ideas that are always available at Sundance will be a good infusion for the ever growing film community here in the Capital District, and will hopefully provide some fun new events and films for the BSFF!

Six degrees of separation: BSFF-Redford-Sundance

The Ballston Spa Film Festival began in 2008 as an event presented by the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association. In 2013, the 501c3 Ballston Spa Film Festival, Inc. (BSFF) was formed in an effort to continue to present a similar film festival and other activities to promote the art of filmmaking, to expand the awareness and appreciation of films to the community, and to provide unknown filmmakers an opportunity to show their films.

The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.

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December 15, 2014


Ballston Spa Film Festival, Inc., has received a Lend-A-Hand Grant from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund. The application process, which closed in September, gathered information regarding event size, budget and scope in order for the Independent Advisory Committee to review for fit and community impact.

Funds received from the grant will be used to expand outdoor activities at the 8th Annual Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival scheduled for Friday, August 7th & Saturday, August 8th in Ballston Spa. Additional information about BSFF, Inc., the annual film festival and the monthly movies can be found at www.BSpaFilm.org.

The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund ("The Community Fund") was established in 2009 to serve as a perpetual source of philanthropic support for the needs of local charities. The Fund is an independent 501(c) (3) charitable organization.

The Adirondack Trust Company serves as the Trustee and Administrator of The Community Fund with the guidance of an Independent Advisory Committee, comprised of individuals from the community. The Community Fund’s website is www.atccf.org.

August 26, 2014

Contributions are now tax deductible!

The Ballston Spa Film Festival, Inc. is now classified as a tax-exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3). This means donors can deduct (to the fullest extent of the law) contributions they make, or have made going back to the founding of the BSFF on April 3, 2013.

This designation also qualifies BSFF to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under IRC Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.

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