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 Joseph M. Bonilla Jr. and Richard A. 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 Knickerbocker Ledger's first ever Capital Region '30 Under 30'.

Now in it's fifth year, the Knickerbocker Film Festival continues its tradition of being a citywide film festival in the heart of New York State's Capital City.