Monday, September 4, 2023

Recipients Selected for Lake Placid Film Festival Student Summit Scholarship


Lake Placid, NY – Adirondack Film is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Lake Placid Film Festival Student Summit Scholarship. College students and recent graduates from across the United States and Canada applied for entry to the 2023 Inaugural program.

As part of the scholarship, recipients will attend the 2023 Lake Placid Film Festival (October 26-29) in a highly specialized program of educational panels and exclusive film screenings. Recipients will also receive complimentary room, board, and festival passes courtesy of Adirondack Film and its sponsors.

“Since its inception, Adirondack Film has been committed to furthering film education in the Adirondack and Upstate New York regions. The Student Summit Scholarship program is part of a new and expanded effort to make the Lake Placid Film Festival the film education hub of the Northeast,” says Adirondack Film Outreach & Education Coordinator, Noah Ramer.

These education outreach initiatives include a discounted festival pass for college students, and the continued celebration of student filmmakers through “Your Shorts Are Showing” programming during the Festival. Submissions for all short films, including student shorts, are being accepted on FilmFreeway through September 1st.

“I am beyond grateful to have been accepted for the Student Summit,” says Summit Scholarship recipient, Kyle Broner. “Film has such a unique ability to bring people together, and having the opportunity to celebrate this connection at the Lake Placid Film Festival is nothing short of an honor and a thrill. October can’t come soon enough!”

This year’s Lake Placid Film Festival Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Kyle Broner, Marist College
  • Connor Censak, SUNY Oswego
  • Grace Chen, American University
  • Juliana Flores-Ortiz, CUNY Brooklyn College
  • Paulina Jaskiewicz, SUNY Westchester Community College
  • Joseph Morrison, Clarkson University
  • Mac Pettit, University of British Columbia
  • Zagham Shah, Binghamton University
  • Dante Simonetta, Villa Maria College

To purchase festival passes and stay up-to-date on all the latest news regarding the Lake Placid Film Festival and film events in the Adirondacks, please visit or follow Adirondack Film on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (@AdirondackFilm).

For more information or questions regarding the Lake Placid Film Festival, please contact

The 2023 Lake Placid Film Festival Student Summit Scholarship recipients, (from left to right, top to bottom): Kyle Broner, Connor Censak, Grace Chen, Juliana Flores-Ortiz, Paulina Jaskiewicz, Mac Pettit, Joseph Morrison, Zagham Shah, Dante Simonetta (Credit: Adirondack Film)

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