Festival Info and Frequently Asked Questions

Please join us on September 15 – 17, 2017 for the 5th Annual Beacon Independent Film Festival. We will screen features, shorts, documentaries and more. Panel discussions, food vendors, green space, interactive activities for kids and adults and a kids’ tent make it an event for the whole family.

Come for a single movie, a day or the whole weekend. We can’t wait to see you!

Frequently Asked Questions and Festival Info

How do I get to University Settlement?

University Settlement’s address is:
724 Wolcott Avenue [map]
Beacon, NY 12508


Take 1-84 to Exit 11 / NY 9D
Take 9D towards Beacon
Follow 9D for about 2.9 miles
The entrance will be on your left, after the Clearwater sign


Take the Metro North Hudson line to the Beacon stop
Follow signs towards the Dia and exit towards the large parking lot
Find a waiting taxi. The trip will cost $6.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is ample parking in a nearby field.

Are kids welcome?

Yes! And we’re excited to feature programming by and for kids on Sunday morning. We’ll screen several films by local kids created by the BIFF Young Filmmakers and Spark Media Project.

For the festival, admission is free for children 12 and under. There is plenty of green space around the theater for them to enjoy food, scenery, lawn games and fun. The Wee Play Community Project will host a kids’ tent with Imagination Playground blocks, face painting, and a craft project.

Please note that none of the festival films are rated, so we do not recommend kids attend them.

What happens if it rains?

The theater is indoors, so the screenings will not be affected. We recommend wearing mud-appropriate footwear and clothing as University Settlement is very rural!

Can I buy tickets at the door? Do you accept credit cards?

Absolutely! You can buy a ticket for one film, a day or the whole weekend. We accept cash, debit and charge cards.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Yes, there is handicap parking available, we have a handicap-accessible bathroom and we have handicap seating. We are happy to honor requests for other accommodations. Please contact us for details.

Are there any discounts available for tickets?

Seniors and students get 10% off all tickets – just bring your ID. People with a NYS benefits card can get a festival pass for $10.

How do I submit a film to the festival?

You can submit your film at www.filmfreeway.com. Please click on the submissions tab at the top of the page for more information.