Presented by Syracuse International Film Festival

30 Films. 9 world premieres. 6 regional, 5 NYS and 2 CNY premieres!  This is your opportunity to view some of the best independent films from around NYS. Meet the film makers and crew. Enjoy a weekend of great films and fun. VIEW  Full Schedule. 

$10 Single Showcase, $20 ALL Day Pass, $65 Weekend Pass for 2


Festivities for Spring Fest begin on Friday April 21st with a Founder’s Gala and Samite & the Queen. Tickets $50,

The winner of the $15,000.00 Panavision Showcase award goes to Julie Cohen for her film AMERICAN VETERAN. This film will be screened on Saturday, 4/22 at 7:00PM.

AMERICAN VETERAN by Julie Cohen (2016) –  75 minutes, documentary

America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new population of American veterans: service members so severely disabled they would have died in previous wars, but who now survive because of advanced medical technology. We've figured out how to keep them alive and bring them back home, but what then? AMERICAN VETERAN is a feature length documentary portrait of one such soldier, Army Sergeant Nick Mendes. Nick was paralyzed from the neck down by a massive improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011. Despite severe physical injuries and PTSD, Nick's mind is clear and his spirit and sense of humor are very much intact.

We look forward to having you join us.