The Knickerbocker Film Festival (KFF) was concieved by Joseph A. Alindato in early 2009. Having access to the Madison Theater and a launchpad of LarkFEST 2009, Alindato along with Joe Bonilla and Rich Fazio, led the charge of bringing a film festival to the Pine Hills neighborhood of Albany.
The first festival ran from February 26th through March 4, 2010 – screening seven films selected out of over thirty-five submitted from mainly the Capital Region, but from also as far as North Carolina. At the end of the week-long festival, the Knickerbocker Film Awards + Party (featuring the acclaimed MIRK) descended upon Elda’s on Lark.
It only made sense to continue the festival – but to bring a larger scope of “bringing the Capital City to life.” In 2011, the festival grew to two venues: the venerable Spectrum 8 theaters and the Madison Theater – with the awards show taking place at Pearl Street Pub.
2013 brought back the Spectrum 8, a encore presentation at The Linda, and an awards show at DeJohn’s on Lark that tied in the first ever Capital Region ’30 Under 30′. 2014 introduced the first time the festival expanded out of Albany into Troy.
For three years, the festival did not take place. That changes in 2017, with new submissions now being solicited for a spring 2018 festival.