Knickerbocker Film Festival returns as Capital Region-wide festival in 2018

Festival marks return after three-year absence; screenings in Albany, Troy, & Schenectady

Scene from 2010 Knickerbocker Film Festival (photo credit: Relentless)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 14, 2017) — — The Knickerbocker Film Festival, the Capital Region’s premiere short film festival, will mark its return after a three-year absence, with screenings to take place in the spring of 2018.

The festival will expand from Albany and Troy to include Schenectady, becoming a true Capital Region film festival.

“We’re excited to bring the Knickerbocker Film Festival back to life and we’re even more excited to include Schenectady to the mix,” said Joe Bonilla, co-founder of the Knickerbocker Film Festival.

The main festival will continue to feature the short film competition. New for 2018 will be a feature film competition, with a chance to earn the first-ever Best Feature Length award. The short film competition has collected submissions from more than 25 states and 14 countries in the festival’s original five-year run.

Kat Broadus, festival selection chair from 2012 to 2014, will return in that role.

“This festival was and will become again a tree with deep roots in our wonderful community. It keeps growing with the help of the talented filmmakers that submit and support what we are trying to build. We expect more submissions, bigger audiences, and greater success,” said Broadus.

Short films can be up to 20 minutes in length, feature length films up to 150 minutes, and all genres are accepted. Filmmakers can submit their work either by mailing a DVD and a data disk of their film to Knickerbocker Film Festival, P.O. Box 3083, Albany, NY 12203 or by e-mailing a link to their film to

There is no fee for submission. Selections will be made by the festival’s selection committee for presentation at the festival, slated for the spring of 2018. Screening locations and times will be announced in early 2018.

For more information about the Knickerbocker Film Festival, visit



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