Beyond the Peaks

Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival is a celebration of student creativity and talent that gives students a chance to win prizes and have their voices heard in their community. 

A Red Carpet Event for NY Youth

“Beyond the Peaks” film festival is a community-based showcase of art made by young filmmakers. The festival was created by AdkAction in partnership with Tupper Lake Central School District. Initially open to Adirondack area students, the Inaugural Festival took place on May 10, 2019 at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Film submissions were accepted from 50 students representing 7 school districts in the greater Adirondack area. In 2020, the festival took place entirely online due to COVID restrictions. Although finalists were unable to walk the red carpet and debut their films on the Wild Center’s theater screen, their work was enjoyed and voted on by 224 viewers in the Adirondack region and beyond. 

In December 2020, Beyond the Peaks held a statewide “Spread the Word, Not the Virus” student PSA contest, with 53 students from 31 schools in all regions of the state represented. The 2021 film festival will also be open to young filmmakers across the state, truly going “beyond the peaks.”  

We want to create and expand opportunities for young people interested in filmmaking or “digital storytelling.”  It’s all about giving our youth a platform for creative expression and empowering their voices.

Sign Up to Receive

  • Film Submission Link & Instructions
  • Alerts and Deadline Reminders
  • Periodic Filmmaking Resources and Tips leading up to the festival
  • Invitation to the Awards Ceremony
  • Notification of Future Festivals

2021 Beyond The Peaks Film Festival

The third annual Beyond the Peaks film festival took place on June 4, 2021. 

Watch the top three films in each category, as well as a recording of  the full awards ceremony, in our Beyond the Peaks Cinema:

Now Accepting Submissions

Students will upload video submissions online through Launchpad, a digital film contest platform donated by Skills21 at EdAdvance, an Educational Nonprofit based in Connecticut. All New York State high school students are eligible to enter. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, April 23, 2021 and participation is free. 

Submission Instructions for Student Films
  1. Sign up to receive email notifications about the festival
  2. Register for the festival on Launchpad at
  3. Review the film categories and requirements in Launchpad
  4. Choose which category you wish to enter
  5. Create your film
  6. Upload your film to Google Drive
  7. Enter your film using the shareable Google Drive Link on Launchpad


Thank you to our leading sponsor

Special thanks to Lake Placid Institute for supporting and building this event to reach even more students this year.

Thank you to our partners

Past Festival Highlights


‘Beyond the Peaks’ goes beyond the Adirondacks

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