radium girls

Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm
Charles R. Wood Theater

VIP pass-holders only

The 3rd Annual Adirondack Film Festival kicks off with the regional premiere screening of the locally-filmed Radium Girls. Based on true events of the late ’20s, teenage sisters Bessie and Jo dream of faraway places while they paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium Factory in New Jersey. When Jo becomes ill, a larger, darker truth emerge: she is not the first girl in the radium factory to become unwell. Bessie fights not only for her sister, but also for the rest fo the women around her; she becomes a powerful advocate as she risks everything to stand up to the corporation that provides her family’s livelihood. 142 minutes


Saturday, October 20 at 10:45am
The Hyde Collection

Each year AFF will take you on a trip to a new country. This year we travel to France with Mrs. Hyde, aptly screened at The Hyde Collection, followed by a discussion with French film expert, Delphine Selles-Alvarez (Film Curator, French Institute Alliance Francaise, NY). The Hyde Collection will feature a selection of French prints that demonstrate the various methods of printmaking.

The Film: A teacher, loathed by her students and peers, is rendered unconscious after being struck by lightning. When she awakes, she discovers that she has a dangerous nocturnal alter ego.

The Gallery: The Hyde Collection will feature a selection of French prints to teach various methods of printmaking supporting the educational theme of the film and mission of the Museum. Like the Mrs. Hyde character from the film, Museum founder Charlotte Hyde experienced a “lightning” moment. The passing of her husband Louis prompted her to create the legacy that would become The Hyde Collection, developing their art collection into an educational resource for generations to come.

Your festival pass is valid for free entry into the museum



Friday and Saturday
Charles R. Wood Theater Cabaret Space

AFF is partnering with Google Spotlight Stories to bring you a film experience unlike any other in our festival. Be among the first ever to see their newest virtual reality film, Age of Sail, directed by Academy Award-winner John Kahrs.

Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery (voiced by Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours.

VIP pass-holders only

Charles R Wood Theater Cabaret Space

The film is 12 minutes – attendees will sign up for 15 minute slots throughout Friday & Saturday


Learn from professionals who are paving new pathways for filmmaking!

Starring Kristine: The Instagram series @STARRINGKRISTINE was a decision Kristine made to create, produce, and star in her own work to tell stories and showcase her talent in the micro-short format. In this ADK Film School special screening, audiences will watch 10 episodes of the @StarringKristine series (60 seconds each) and AFF Programming Director, Jessica Levandoski, will unpack Kristine’s process of creating her own content in order to make an impact for herself and for WOC filmmakers.

Footprints in the Sand: a comedic web series chronicling the misadventures of an inept Brooklyn theatre company as they attempt to stage a production of King Lear and achieve internet stardom.  Join Co-Creators Jacob Basri and Raven Pierson for an ADK Film School Class on getting your idea off the page and on to YouTube and how to not take yourself too seriously in the process.

Mrs. Hyde: Following the screening of this Serge Bozon film starring Isabelle Huppert, join us for a post-show discussion with a French film expert (only after the 10:45am screening).


Crandall Public Library

Inspired by our screening of Anna and the Apocalypse (a zombie Christmas musical), the Crandall Public Library will host a gallery of art that turns your favorite Christmas stories into zombie Christmas stories!

Produced in partnership with LARAC. No pass needed for entry to the gallery.


Saturday 1:00-2:15
The Queensbury Hotel

What makes comedy funny??? We’ve assembled a panel of actors and writers from some of your favorite shows to answer this question. This year’s panels are Scott Rogowsky (HQ Trivia), Diane Neal (Law and Order: SVU, NCIS), Sunita Mani (Mr. Robot, GLOW), Timothy Cooper (Lemon), and Ben Warheit (Late Night with Seth Meyers). For more information on our panelists, click here.


Saturday 10am
Crandall Public Library

From Sweden, Russia, Denmark, America, Canada, Australia, and the Czech Republic, these are the best new children’s shorts from around the globe.

Recommended ages 3-7. 52 minutes. No pass needed for entry.

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Sunday 11am – 4pm
Multiple Venues

An entire day of screening films the audience chooses as their favorite!

Schedule released on Saturday via email after the awards ceremony.



The Charles R. Wood Theater

Visit the gallery in the Charles. R. Wood Theater to see amazing works of art inspired by our line-up of films and created by local artists. Curated by Anthony Richichi, nearly 150 pieces of art will be on display. 100% of purchases benefit the artists.

Artwork featured The Song of Sway Lake by Rodney Allen Bentley