New York State Homes & Community Renewal and the city of Glens Falls announced funding awards to two nonprofit organizations at the opening of the third annual Adirondack Film Festival at the Wood Theater in downtown Glens Falls.
The Adirondack Film Commission received $39,158, with a 25 percent local match. Funding will assist with website creation and social media, promotion, and familiarization tours through Glens Falls and Warren County.
Accepting the check for the Film Commission was film commissioner Andrew Meader.
The Adirondack Film Festival received $39,158 with 25 percent local match. Funding will assist with marketing, promotion of the festival, licensing, and expanding venues within the downtown area.
Accepting the check was film festival director Chad Rabinowitz.
Glens Falls Mayor Daniel L. Hall, former co-chairman of the Glens Falls DRI Committee, along with co-chairman Omar Usmani, thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for developing urban policies that directly benefit cities like Glens Falls.
“This award is another in a series of Glens Falls DRI Downtown Revitalization awards that are forthcoming,” said Hall.
Recently, Glens Falls DRI funding was announced for SUNY Adirondack Culinary School in downtown Glens Falls.
“We in Glens Falls gratefully acknowledge the continued advocacy by Gov. Cuomo in supporting upstate New York communities like Glens Falls. Our appreciation also extends to Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, state Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec for their support,” said Ed Bartholomew, president and CEO, EDC Warren County.
EDC Warren County is the administrator of the Glens Falls DRI Program.
“These two projects, the film commission and film festival, will bring economic benefits and opportunities not only for Glens Falls but throughout Warren County,” said Hall.
The Film Commission, which is operated by the Adirondack Film Society, promotes film, TV and video production in the North Country and assists filmmakers and videographers when they are in the area.
The group is developing a resource guide to help filmmakers and production companies find the services they need from local businesses. Such services range widely from camera operators and sound mixers to electricians and caterers.
The Commission has been receiving an increasing number of inquiries from filmmakers and production companies interested in shooting in the area.
The 2018 festival took place in October.