The Ballston Spa Film Festival?

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Cannes, Sundance, Ballston Spa

It may not be mentioned in the same breath as Sundance or Cannes, but this weekend the village of Ballston Spa is hosting a film festival. Dozens of short films from all over the United States, England and Canada will be screened throughout the village on Friday night and Saturday. And yes, there's a bunch of other fun stuff that goes along with a film festival.

Experts will hold film making workshops and discussions, there'll be premier and after-parties and a judging. Most of the judges are industry pros with ties to the area.

The films are free. Check the festival website for a complete schedule of screenings and events. Entrance to tonight's premier premier party at Manna's Restaurant (complete with Hollywood makeovers) will run you $10--unless you dress like a movie star. Then it's only $5.

FYI, Ballston Spa does have some Hollywood credits. Scenes for a blockbuster 1970's romance were filmed in the village. Anybody know which one?

(Thanks Jess!)


The Way We Were with Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand

We have a winner! Emma, for the bonus question, what location did they use in Troy?

The Capital District is just bursting with Festival Talent!
We're really looking forward to this weekend in Ballston Spa.

Don't forget about The Edwood FilmFest 2008,
this December at the Spectrum in Albany!

The 11th Edwood FilmFest is the New York Capital Region's best-known hands-on independent short film festival. With innovative shows dating back to its early years designing one of the world's first 72-hour film festivals, to last year's introduction of the locally-assembled, Hollywood-produced Microsodes, moviemakers submit their films from all over the planet and film buffs travel from all about the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires and Southern Vermont to come to Albany to view the latest inventions by local and international short film producers.

Since its inception, the festival has grown steadily, graduating from back rooms at local taverns, to sold-out shows at WAMC's Linda Norris Theatre, to 2007's wildly successful festival week of galas, award shows and world-premiere movies at the Spectrum8 Theatre, renown as one of the nation's foremost independently-owned theaters showcasing a wide range of world cinema.

Committed to bringing amateur and professional together to experience all of the creative levels of filmmaking, and with the enthusiastic support from local and national business, the Edwood FilmFest promises to demonstrate yet again in 2008 that the booming short film movement is delivering a landslide of creative community return!

Important dates for this year's Edwood FilmFest '08, Your Short Film Party!

Showing for one festive week only this December 5-12, 2008 at the Spectrum 8 Theatre!

All Film Submission Deadlines: October 10, 2008

Accepting for Submission:

  • Short film (15 minutes or less)

  • Music video (10 minutes or less)

  • Movie trailer (2:30 minutes or less)

  • Feature-length (70 minutes or more)

  • 96-Hour Quickie (7 minutes or less)


Hmmm...well I know part of the movie was filmed at Union College but that's in Schenectady. I'm stumped....

Ooops. We were thinking Schenectady but it came out Troy. And Emma got it even with the wrong clue.

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