Past Festivals

An archive of past festivals and film lineups. From documentaries to dramas, local films to internationals, short films to features, BEFF presents a cinematic story for all curiosities.


Banana Zachary

Zack Kron, Loring MurthaShort | 6:25 | US | 2021 Zakary, a professional dancing banana, has had a VERY rough day. DIRECTOR Loring Murtha PRODUCER

Cane River

FILM INTRODUCED BY DOMINQUE JENKINS, DAUGHTER OF DIRECTOR HORACE B. JENKINS Written, produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning documentarian Horace B. Jenkins, and crafted

Cinematic Strings

Join us at the Bethel Woods Terrace Stage for this magical concert of classical music used in cinema over the past century.

Film and Me

Celebrated local authors —Thomas Cambridge, William Fellenberg, Heidi Mollenhauer, and Greg Triggs — explore the surprising ways that cinema shaped their identity.

Hitchcock’s Rebecca

Joan Fontaine stars in Hitchcock’s 1940 thriller as a young bride terrorized by the memories of her husband’s glamorous first wife. Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson and George Sanders also star.

Indie Film Soundtrack Favorites with DJ Tougaw

An exciting evening of outdoor music from favorite indie film soundtracks. DJ Jason Tougaw will take over the audio waves inside the open air eatery in celebration of the BEFF’s 10th anniversary.

No Ordinary Man

For decades, the life of American Jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in

Shorts: Fine Art on Film

FINE ART ON FILM These shorts films created by local artists meet at the intersection of visual art, music, performance, and cinema. Dream Weave

Shorts: International Stories

ALL WORLD PREMIERES Travel from Germany to Israel to Russia in this collection of three world premiere short films exploring the ways that individual

Shorts: Rural Shorts

ALL PREMIERES Big Eddy Film Festival is proud to present the premieres of seven short films showcasing local filmmakers at work. From documentaries to

Shorts: Upstate Downstate

UPSTATE DOWNSTATE A modern collection of urban shorts, through the eyes of filmmakers who live in New York City or Sullivan County, NY (or

Summer of Soul

In the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. This new documentary marks the directorial debut of Questlove, and won the 2021 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Pre-screening farm-to-table dinner available.

Swan Song

Udo Kier stars as a hairdresser who rediscovers himself (and looks gorgeous while doing so) in the third and final film in Stephen’s Ohio Trilogy (EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, GYPSY 83).

The First Step

NEW YORK IN-PERSON PREMIERE Van Jones, a Black progressive activist known for calling Donald Trump’s election “a whitelash” live on primetime TV, controversially crossing

The Outside Story

Frank Hall Green, Brian Newman, Joseph StephansFEATURE | 85 min | US | 2020 Brian Tyree Henry stars as an video editor trying to recover from