4th annual INTERNATIONAL film festival

November 1-5, 2017

Strand Center Theatre, 25 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh, NY

$10 all-access tickets (purchase at box office). Students FREE with ID.

Program Schedule

72-Hour Cell Phone Film Contest


past events



Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Doors open at 6pm)

Strand Center Theater, 25 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh, NY

Showcasing last year's best short films & Q&A with winner of 2016's Golden Honeycomb Award, Director Ljiljana Novakovic. Evening includes live performance by Izland Tonik and music films. Come see the MicroFest, listen to a MicroSet and enjoy MicroBrews (and food trucks) on site.

$5 general. Students free.

Tickets will be available at 5:00pm at the Theatre the night of the showing on April 22nd.


Local Filmmaker's Showcase

Friday, May 6, 2016 (Doors open at 6:30pm)

The Lake Champlain International Film Festival to Host Film Screening

A taste of what’s in store for the November 2016 Film Festival

Following the smashing success of last November’s film festival, The Lake Champlain International Film Festival will host a screening of locally produced films for the community on Friday, May 6th, 2016, 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre in downtown Plattsburgh, NY.  With a selection of six short films all directed by local filmmakers, the night will give moviegoers a small taste of what’s in store for the next film festival—slated for November 16th-20th, 2016.

The Friday screening shall feature films dealing with issues pertinent to our area (such as agriculture) and shot in our area with local actors.  Film lovers will see gems such as:

A Presentation of Upcoming Documentaries: King Corn director Aaron Woolf will present an excerpt from To Be A Miss revealing the dark side of Venezuela's beauty industry; followed by a short clip from festival favorite Ben Stechschulte’s latest documentary film-in-progress, featuring the Essex County demolition derby.

Son of a Man: SUNY Plattsburgh student made film, a young boy communes with nature.

Student Films: A montage of clips from several SUNY Plattsburgh student films in progress focusing on the theme of sustainability.

Dirt: A music film featuring local rock favorites Lucid.  A man, born from the earth, goes on a journey of discovery.

Wild Vision: A short documentary telling the story of a lifelong Adirondack photographer.

Burgh:  Linking Plattsburgh to the grand tradition of city films like Manhatta— rediscover the poetry of a place, and the place of poetry in our lives.

Grass Farm Chicken: Experience the people of Reber Rock Farm, on a surprisingly peaceful meat processing day, and witness how new farmers bring life to an old place.

Headliner: A seasoned stand-up comic loses his edge, forcing him to choose between his two passions.

 Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be available.  The evening will last until around 8:30 p.m.

“Plattsburgh is in the midst of rebirth—the Strand Theatre, the Tibetan festival, and the bustling downtown are just some examples of that. So is the Lake Champlain International Film Festival. It gives us films that connect us to the world—and, ultimately, to each in other in a new and profound way.” Michael Devine, Assistant Professor of English, SUNY Plattsburgh


A Night of International Film at the Strand

Friday, March 4, 2016, 7 p.m.

Download the Press Release.



The International Film Night features six films produced from around the world. These films each exemplify the characters of their homelands - situated solidly in their sense of place - while being universally relatable. Though foreign, something about these films remain familiar.

Autumn Leaves directed by Saman Hosseinpuor, weaves a delightful episode of young Iranian girl's playful walk to school and the mischief she inspires. Then, it's off to Japan for SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus Ian Thomas Ash's short documentary Even the Birds Need to be Loved, a tender portrait of an elderly couple still much in love.

But before things get too heartwarming, director Andy Rhodes' Unlucky in Love brings us a slice of cold dark comedy. An Australian millionaire recounts his difficulties in keeping a wife, a live wife anyways...and not for lack of trying. An American Piano is a Japanese production directed by Paul Leeming and based on the extraordinary true story about a young girl who plays piano for American POWs. The final moments of the film are some of the finest the LCIFF has ever had the pleasure to screen.

Javier Navarro's I've Just Had a Dream tells in elliptical fashion the troubling dream of a child: seven eerie minutes that play an interesting counterpoint to the joy of Autumn Leaves and the pathos of An American Piano.

Our evening concludes with the Swiss co-production MOUSSE written and directed by John Hellberg. A French gunman holds up a Swedish off-track betting establishment and a stand-off with the local police ensues. But what sounds like the set-up for an intense thriller is actually the stage for a quirky and hilarious tale, filled with memorable characters and absurd flourishes. Even though MOUSSE is only a third the length of a feature film, it satisfies like a full-length movie. You don't want to miss this one.