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Snowtown Film Festival, a winter celebration of film, is held annually in historic downtown Watertown, NY. Now entering its fifth year, STFF has grown from a humble film-lover’s weekend to a community-wide celebration of filmmaking. Home of the flannel casual red carpet reception, the festival features films that emphasize winter and the “North Country spirit”.  Official selections, a juried short film competition, filmmaker panel discussions and an awards ceremony mark the two-day schedule, culminating in a unique, culturally-enriching event in the depth of lake effect snow season. 


Best Western Watertown-Fort Drum is the official hotel of Snowtown Film Festival. Located at 300 Washington Street, directly across from the event venue, Best Western Watertown Fort Drum offers free wireless Internet access, an exercise center and a complimentary full breakfast. Wintertime guests will appreciate enclosed corridors and heated indoor pool. More information is available at:



Snowtown Film Festival is an official Operation Yellow Ribbon event. Active duty military personnel with military photo ID are eligible for a 20 percent discount on passes at Snowtown Film Festival. Online purchases require the promo code DRUM and presentation of military ID at the box office at the time of the event.



The majority of films at Snowtown Film Festival are not rated and intended for an audience over 18 years of age. Presentation of the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the panel conversation with Peter Ostrum is open to all audiences. Weekend and Saturday pass holders will receive a free "Golden Ticket" for a child 12 or under. All children 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult. A short family friendly film, Wishful Whiskers, will precede Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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