Snowtown Film Festival, a winter celebration of film, is held the last weekend in January in historic downtown Watertown, NY. Now in it's eighth 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 from throughout the world that emphasize winter and the “North Country spirit”.  Feature length official selections, a juried short film competition, filmmaker panel discussions and an awards ceremony have marked the two-day schedule, culminating in a unique, culturally-enriching event in the depth of lake effect snow season. 



On March 1, 2021, Snowtown Film Festival will begin accepting short film submissions for our eighth annual festival. All submissions must be made online through

Snowtown Film Festival will screen a number of full-length films (60 minutes or more) throughout the festival weekend. If you’re interested in submitting a film for consideration please contact us at before August 30, 2021. The selection committee is particularly interested in films with winter themes or connections to the greater Northern NY region, but may consider other films as well.
Snowtown Film Festival provides laurels to all short film finalists and official selections screened at the festival. All short film finalists are in consideration for the festival’s GRAND PRIZE AWARD, which is presented in an award ceremony at the conclusion of the festival. In addition to the GRAND PRIZE, STFF bestows a number of other awards on select films at the ceremony such as the NORTH COUNTRY FILMMAKER’S AWARD and the WINTER THROUGH FILM AWARD.