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The inaugural Albany Film Festival: Rescheduled, reimagined, re-energized

April 24 - May 3

Join us for a dynamic hybrid event with many options for anyone who loves movies, the stories they tell and the creative artists who make them:


  •  A free movie night at the Malta Drive-In with juried shorts, a documentary premiere and feature films.

  •  A dazzling immersive projection mapping light show, “Passages,” celebrating the Capital Region’s rich literary and filmmaking history.

  • Online workshops for aspiring filmmakers and engrossing virtual conversations with film legends who will receive the Ironweed Award for Exemplary Achievement in Film.

  • Free and open to the public. First 100 attendees (or cars) at the movie night and "Passages" will receive a limited edition Albany Film Festival tote bag. 

The  Albany Film Festival Projection Mapping Event will include illuminating the night sky and exterior of the Science Library on the uptown UAlbany campus with a dazzling 3D immersive light show. 


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.

Register for 30 minute time slots for each night. Each ticket is good for a party of up to 4 people. 
Click for registration   |  
Details & parking map


Sample of 3D Projection Mapping


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Schedule of Events

April 24th: Screenwriting Workshop, 1pm-2pm. Details 


April 25th: Young Filmmakers Workshop, 7pm-8pm. Details 


April 29th: 
Malta Drive-In Theatre starting at 8pm, 2 screens

Download the program (PDF)


April 30th:

  • Kickoff to Projection Mapping (8:30pm start time) Details

  • Short film videos available on YouTube Details


May 1st

  • Career in Film Workshop, 2pm Details

  • Premiering Pre-recorded YouTube events featuring Ironweed Award Winners. Details

  • Short films are available to watch on YouTube Details

  • Feature film - KAREN OR BUST world premiere, 7pm

  • Second Night of Projection mapping 


May 2nd

  • Short films are available to watch on YouTube. Details

  • Third Night of Projection mapping

May 3rd FINAL Night of Projection mapping 

Poster Design by Mehr Sharma, UAlbany student

Free Movie Night

Come join us for a free movie night at the
Malta Drive-In Theatre

Starts 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29

Rain or shine

Click here for Directions

ironweed award winners

Premiere of pre-recorded conversations with the Ironweed Award winners.

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors



Chet & Karen Opalka

The Towne Law Firm, 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 /

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 & Dr. Joyce F. Brown

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP
Servico Inc./ Scott Schuster
Herb & Cynthia Shultz
UAlbany William L. Reese Emeritus Center
Hon. Leonard A. Weiss

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