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Best-known as the organization that brings you the annual Lake Placid Film Forum, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) has been doing innovative film programming on an ever-widening North Country canvas for more than 15 years now.

In addition to the Film Forum, the AFS has presented a slew of silent film classics—with live organ accompaniment—at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Lake Placid; initiated a mostly monthly Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in September 2014, now in its second full year; and played an instrumental role in the “Go Digital, Go Dark” campaign that resulted in several North Country movie houses receiving the necessary funding to purchase and install digital equipment to enable to continue to operate as first-run film venues. In fact, the AFS is currently working with one of the movie houses—the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, NY—on developing special programming starting in the summer of 2016.

The Adirondack Film Society, in its dual role as the Adirondack Film Commission, is also in the process of developing a program to encourage filmmakers to make movies and shoot videos right here in Essex County, NY, and assist them when they are here, as well as to nurture homegrown filmmaking among the many talented artists already living in the region.

When it comes to programming, the Adirondack Film Society doesn’t just screen films—it curates, analyzes, and seeks to help educate audience members about the films it presents. One way it often does this is by presenting the creators of the films themselves, in intimate, small-venue settings—where filmgoers can actually meet the filmmakers or, when they are presented remotely such as via Skype, experience these artists as real people.

Thank you for visiting adirondackfilmsociety.org and for your interest in, and ongoing support of, film as art and the art of filmmaking!

Upcoming Events

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AFS Screening Series: “Spotlight”

Fri. & Sat., April 15-16, at 7 pm, Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA)

The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series Version 2.0 concludes for the season with “Spotlight,” winner of the Oscar for Best Picture of 2015. Tickets are $7 and are available by calling the […]

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Lake Placid Film Forum—2016 Edition

Wed. through Sun., June 8-12

The annual Lake Placid Film Forum — celebrating its 15th anniversary this year — returns to the Olympic Village at venues that include the historic Palace Theatre and Mid’s Park on the shores of Mirror Lake, both of which are downtown […]

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AFS Presents Cold Warrior Weekend

Free to Rock

Friday & Saturday, February 12-13, at 7 pm

This new documentary by four-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jim Brown, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, shows how rock ‘n’ roll spread like a virus across the Soviet Union despite attempts by the country’s Communist government to outlaw […]