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Beyond the Peaks Film Festival

May 10, 2019, 5:00 - 8:00 PM at The Wild Center 

AdkAction is excited to introduce the first annual 2019 Adirondack Student Film Festival on May 10, 2019 at The Wild Center and we’re looking for students, teachers and advisors who would like to participate. 

For Teachers

"As a teacher, this festival provides you with a venue to take learning from the classroom into the real world.  Build confidence and creativity in your students as they take an idea and turn it into a finished work of art to share with the Adirondack community. Who knows, we could be on the verge of discovering the next Steven Spielberg!" Wendy Cross, Film teacher, Tupper Lake High School

To support interested teachers, AdkAction will provide:

-A Fall and Spring Professional Development that will prepare teachers to integrate film curricula and activities into their class or club, successfully instruct students in the filmmaking process, effectively use and onboard students to the online platform.

-An online platform to access film curricula paired with resources and to easily submit student films.

-A high energy, student-centered celebration showcasing the best student films in the Adirondacks.

Free Professional Development Opportunity

Join us on for a wonderful half-day with the masterminds behind ExpoFest, Connecticut's state-wide student film festival and expo.  Beyond the Peaks Film Festival is based on their successful model. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake. Please click here to register:

Teachers, Register Here

For Students

"Are you a student interested in the arts? Well, here’s your chance to create! We, along with AdkAction are happy to announce the first ever Beyond the peaks film festival, and we want YOU to join us! Not only will you be able to present your art, but you will also be able to compete, and win BIG."

       - Gracie Mitchell, Grade 10, Tupper Lake High School

Student sign-up form

Film Challenge Categories

Students will have the opportunity to create and enter films in the following categories: 

Animation - All forms of animation are accepted.
Comedy - Make us laugh!
Documentary - All forms of documentary films accepted.
Drama - All forms of narrative films accepted.
Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy - All forms of Horror, Sci-fi or Fantasy films accepted.
PSA - All forms of Public Service Announcements are accepted.
"Made in the Adirondacks" Challenge! - Films with authentic ADK flavor accepted.

    Watch our trailer and sign up today!

    Featured Filmmaker: Evan Williams, Founder, Pure Adk

    Our featured filmmaker for the 2019 Festival is Evan Williams, Founder of Pure Adk. Evan will talk about growing up in the Adirondacks, choosing a career in filmmaking and digital media and how he as been able to "Make it in the Adirondacks." Audience members will have the opportunity to view a showcase piece from Evan. Read Evan's bio to learn more:

    Growing up in the Adirondacks, specifically in the small town of Wilmington near the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, I learned early on to appreciate the uniqueness of my hometown. Waking up to thick forests and old mountains outside of my window was a view that never got old. As a kid right on through high school, almost every winter weekend was spent skiing, and later instructing, at Whiteface Mountain and summers were spent boating and camping. While attending Clarkson University, I spent many weekends re-visiting the region to explore new places and expose friends to outdoor adventures like hiking in the High Peaks. I've had the opportunity to travel to some beautiful places both outside and around the USA, including the Canadian Rockies, Iceland, New Zealand, and the Virgin Islands, but I have to say the Adirondack Park rivals many places as a top destination in terms of its unique natural setting.

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