Thank you Oscar Party Attendees

Thank you to all the patrons and friends who attended our Oscar Party on Oscar Night. It was a successful event for us – reconnecting with patrons and friends, and providing some financial boost to assist with innovative programming in 2016.

Join us on Feb. 28th to Celebrate 23 Years of Distinctive Film, Conversation and Community

Join us on Feb. 28th to Celebrate 23 Years of Distinctive Film, Conversation & Community.

In 1993, a group of friends and neighbors dreamed of creating a local film organization. From the beginning, they sought not just to create a movie house; they wanted to present films that fostered intelligent discussion and education as well as entertainment. Since then, we’ve had a few names, and numerous locations. Despite many changes, in the film business and our city, we’re still dedicated to presenting high quality, distinctive films for entertainment, education and discussion.

Our path has always differed from the for-profit theater model: affordable concessions and tickets and we’re run almost entirely by volunteers. Unlike many local non-profits, we have not focused a lot on fundraising. With the changing film business, that will have to change.

The business is consolidating around blockbusters and non-theatrical Indie screenings.  (The two big buyers at Sundance this year were Netflix and Amazon…) That is a clear signal that we must change our business model.  That said, we won’t let go of our commitment to great film, great discussion, and community.

So…we truly hope you will join us for the Oscar Night fundraising event two weeks from today (Sunday, Feb. 28th, 7 pm at Longfellow’s Restaurant, 500 Union Ave.)  Come as you are…or dress to reflect a favorite movie, character, or genre; we’re movie lovers!  We realize that not everyone is Hollywood-obsessed.  But…the party will be more fun if your attire reflects your film sensibilities.  Movie star? OK. Or reflect your love of a film, a genre, or a character. We will also create a photo-essay that reflects your film interests and passions…

Tickets are $60 ($50 for members). Upgrade your ticket: $10 for a day pass to Oscar-nominated shorts (6 hours of film) on Saturday, 2/27 (1 – 7 pm).

Purchase your tickets on our website:

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The Oscars Are Over…What’s Next?

If you subscribe to our Twitter feed, you received up-to-the-minute Oscar results on Sunday night. There were a few surprises, non?

We always show the Oscar-nominated shorts on Oscar weekend.  There are three categories: Animated, Live Action and Documentary. They are always provocative and a really refreshing change of pace from long-form movies. This year, the themes were very somber. So somber that, during our documentary screenings, some patrons actually left! It was one pretty sad movie after another, with a somewhat lighter note at the end.

Should we have held an Oscar party this year? Maybe. The preparations around the purchase and installation of our new digital projector, plus the development work on our new Membership options frankly left us a bit “depleted”. Since the Oscars are only once a year, we are considering some other options.  How about a Cannes Film Festival party, with everything French? C’est bon?

Let us know what you think. What would be your ideal “friend-raiser”?

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Rock the Oscars at The City Tavern!

The popular Film Forum fundraiser has gained an additional venue!

A special Academy Awards celebration open to the public is set for  Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 5 p.m. at The City Tavern on the corner of Caroline Street and Maple Avenue. The Red Carpet fundraiser will benefit the non-profit Saratoga Film Forum, which has been showing independent films and hosting relevant film-related discussions and events in Saratoga Springs for 20 years. Creative, fundraising Oscar parties at various venues have drawn revelers every year, but this is the first time The City Tavern has hosted the event, which will feature the TV coverage on a 100-inch screen. Private homes in Saratoga are also hosting Oscar parties; an Oscars fundraiser at Longfellows Restaurant is sold out.

This Sunday, The City Tavern has offered its entire third floor to this special Oscar event. Pre-Academy Award coverage starts at 5 p.m. The awards  presentations begin at 7 p.m. Admission to this mini-fundraiser is $10; additional donations will be gratefully accepted. Dress is “finest or fun-nest,” according to the organizers.

The tavern will donate 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Film Forum. Members and friends of the Film Forum, as well as passersby and the general public all are welcome to attend.

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SFF’s Oscar Night Gala–Change of Venue

Exciting News!  The Saratoga Film Forum’s Oscar Night Gala Benefit, originally scheduled for the Spring Street Gallery, has a new home! It will now be held at Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue, conveniently located just off Exit 14.

The Gala will take place Sunday, February 24th at 7 p.m. Longfellows proprietor Steve Sullivan has donated the Courtyard at Longfellows for Oscar Night, and the Longfellows chef will cater the event with a three-course gourmet dinner—still just $35 per person. Wine and soft drinks will be available, and the Oscars will be viewable on wide-screen TV.

Space is limited to 32 people only, and we do expect to sell out. Please reserve your seat with a $35 check made out to the Saratoga Film Forum, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, ATTN: Oscar Night at Longfellows. If there is more than one person in your party, please indicate everybody’s name in full. For more information, please call 518-584-3456 (FILM). (Note: please do not make reservations by commenting to this post.)

This will be an elegant evening at an intimate and lovely venue. Please join us and support the Film Forum at this cozy fundraiser–or click here for information on the Oscar Comes Home mini-fundraiser benefit dinners many Saratogians are hosting in their homes.

And thanks for your support!

Carol Joyce
Saratoga Film Forum Board of Directors
Oscar Benefit Gala Chair

UPDATE (02/13/13): The Oscar Night Gala at Longfellows is now SOLD OUT! 

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“Oscar Comes Home” Feb. 22-24!

Coming up February 22–24…“Oscar Comes Home!”—The Sequel…

For a second year, the Saratoga Film Forum is producing its popular annual fundraiser, Oscar Comes Home, a series of dinner parties all over Saratoga Springs hosted by our friends and fans to raise operating funds for Saratoga’s only not-for-profit independent movie house. From Friday to Sunday on Oscar weekend, our supporters will be hosting dinners, brunches, high teas, cocktail hours—you name it!—and asking guests to contribute $35 per person to the not-for-profit Film Forum.

Would you like to be an Oscar Comes Home party host? Or perhaps you would prefer to be a guest at our mini-gala dinner at the Spring Street Gallery (110 Spring Street) on Oscar Night, February 24 (by reservation only, and limited to the first 30 who sign up)! For more information, please call 584-FILM and leave your name and phone number; we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for your support!

UPDATE: The Film Forum’s “mini-gala” has been moved from the Spring Street Gallery to Longfellows Restaurant. See here for more details.

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