Friday, March 13:

The New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany is postponing its inaugural Albany Film Festival as an appropriate precaution related to COVID-19 and coronavirus containment protocol with guidance from UAlbany, county, and state health experts, and government officials. Read more.

Albany Film Festival Kickoff

Friday, March 27, 2020

Sample of 3D Projection Mapping


The kickoff to the inaugural Albany Film Festival will include illuminating the night sky and exterior of the Science Library on the uptown UAlbany campus with a dazzling 3D immersive light show that will be the first of its kind for Albany.

The display will include a narrative of the Capital Region’s cultural legacy and the history of major movies filmed on location in the area.

Students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages are invited to experience this dynamic public art display. It will run multiple times on the Science Library’s west facade for four consecutive nights.


explore the craft of storytelling in cinema

Featured Guests

Rosie Perez

Acclaimed actress
Eric Haze, artist

Kasi Lemmons

Director and
screenwriter of HARRIET

Director of

Author of

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A limited number of Albany Film Festival VIP passes are available for $75 each.

Pass holders will receive:

  • A colorful lanyard and VIP badge that will identify you as a supporter of the Albany Film Festival

  • Advanced, priority seating for all Albany Film Festival events, including workshops, screenings, panel discussions, presentations, and evening award ceremony.

  • Access to a private reception with food and beverage following the evening award ceremony that will allow you to mix and mingle with award recipients, featured filmmakers and special guests.

A Special Thanks

to our Sponsors



Chet & Karen Opalka

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.

UAlbany Speaker Series



June M. DeSorbo
Film Albany, a division of Discover Albany
Times Union 
The Touhey Family Foundation



Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc. (CCCE)
New York State Archives Partnership Trust
SUNY Press


Ellen Jabbur
New World Bistro Bar
O’Connell & Aronowitz /
Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP

The Swyer Family Foundation
University Auxiliary Services


Add a Zero Productions
Skip Casano & Bella Pipas
Brown & Weinraub, PLLC
Pernille Ægidius Dake
Foy Fund
Paul & Mary Grondahl
David & Lauren Hayes
Honest Weight Food Co-op
William & Mary Jean Krackeler
Cecilia Lauenstein & Ronald Nadeau
Betsy Lopez
H. Carl McCall and Dr. Joyce F. Brown
Servico Inc./ Scott Schuster
Herb and Cynthia Shultz
UAlbany William L. Reese Emeritus Center
Hon. Leonard A. Weiss


University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222

Phone: 518 442-5620, e-mail:, website:

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