Scorsese guest of honor in Lake Placid

Event will showcase Emerging Filmmaker Competition

NEW YORK — Representing a major coup for one of New York State’s regional festivals, Martin Scorsese will be guest of honor at the 5th Lake Placid Film Festival in June, which for the first time will include a juried feature competition for emerging filmmakers.

“We want the Lake Placid Film Festival to be as collaborative as filmmaking itself, bringing masters like Scorsese together with novices, creating the kind of atmosphere that lets novelists and screenwriters air their differences and discover their similarities,” said author Russell Banks, who founded the fest with Kathleen Carroll.

“Listening to Martin Scorsese present his favorite films or talk about his work is a rare treat,” added Carroll.

The 2004 Lake Placid event will showcase the newly established Emerging Filmmaker Competition, with prizes awarded in feature and documentary categories.

The fest’s traditional agenda of short film and audience awards will continue, as well as intensive three day seminars, running June 2-4, on screenwriting, producing and directing.

Spearheaded by Banks, the faculty for these seminars will include writer Jeremy Pikser (“Reds”), producer Linda Reisman (“Affliction”) and director Raoul Peck (“Lumumba”).

“We are now in a position to expand the program and celebrate more aspects and genres of filmmaking than ever before, including international, animation, experimental, regional, and children’s films, and our decision to change the name reflects this broader outreach,” explained director of programming Alan Hofmanis.

Formerly known as the Lake Placid Film Forum, the event in past editions has attracted such guests as Milos Forman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Mira Nair, Debra Winger, Ray Harryhausen and John Irving.

Fifth edition runs June 2-6. Deadline for submissions is March 1.

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