​​​EQUUS Film Festival 




Lisa Diersen

​Director & Founder


I want to personally invite you to join me November 29 thru December 2, 2018, to enjoy our carefully curated selection of equestrian films. The EQUUS Film Festival is an exciting opportunity to celebrate two of my favorite things by bringing horses and film together. This year we will be showcasing the Mustang horse in all their glory!

Forming partnerships with the Mustang Heritage Foundation and The RIght Horse we hope to bring awareness to the issues facing our horses today.

As an avid horsewoman and movie lover, I’ve seen over and over the power of telling stories through film. Horse movies have a magical ability to inspire, educate, engage and entertain. They lift us up out of our everyday lives and place us upon the backs of these magical animals. They help us see others’ points of view, those who are battling with PTSD, children with Autism, the prisoner learning to feel for others through working with horses. All of these stories help us to build new bridges of empathy and understanding through the power of the horse.

This festival showcases equestrian films selected for their ability to share the wonder of horses through the filmmakers lense. These equine films bring us closer to understanding the influence the horse has had on us throughout history. They show us how horses are playing an important role in healing our hearts today.

And where better to host a film festival than New York City, a central meeting point for equine filmmakers from around the world. This year we have films from 17 different countries and filmmakers joining us from as far away as India.

I'm honored to give equine storytellers from all over the world one more reason to create amazing films, literature and art focused on the horse. And I’m delighted that horse lovers everywhere will have the opportunity to experience some truly extraordinary equine films. And if you can't make it to New York City then join us on our streaming platform and enjoy these wonderful films in the comfort of your own home!

I hope you’ll mark your calendars and join me November 29 thru December 2, 2018 for another awesome and inspiring EQUUS Film Festival.

Carpe Diem,
Lisa Diersen


2018 EQUUS Film Festival VENUE & HOTEL INFO
Event Date – November 29 – December 2, 2018

N 11th St & Brewers Row & Wythe Avenue - Brooklyn, NY 11249 - 718-460-8000 
WYTHE HOTEL CINEMA - 80 Wythe Avenue - Brooklyn, NY 11249

You can call or book your room online – small hotel - rooms will be going fast (no discount rate)

Free on street parking around the hotel (good neighborhood)
Parking garages - $22 - $30 per night within 2 blocks of hotel

The Wythe Hotel Screening Room is a private screening facility located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

The space features an adjacent bar for receptions. The film screenings, panel discussions, presentations and pop-up gallery will al be held at the WYTHE HOTEL.

Thursday Evening 6 pm - 9 pm Welcome Gathering @ The Wild Horses Of Sable Island Gallery

Films 12 pm - 11 pm Friday & Saturday / 12 pm -6 pm Sunday

Panels Saturday 10 am - 3 pm

WINNIE Awards Sunday 6:30 pm - 8 PM
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Pop-Up Gallery Short Film Screening, Panel Discussions, Artist & Authors.

Sunday Clinton Park Stables Tour Hosted in Partnership with the New York State Horse Council 3 - 5 pm

Nearest Stations
L to Bedford, G to Nassau

10 minutes from Manhattan by taxi
6 minutes walk to East River Ferry
7 minutes walk to Bedford L subway stop
9 minutes walk to Nassau G subway stop
15 minutes walk from Marcy JMZ subway stop
15 minutes from LaGuardia Airport by taxi
25 minutes from JFK Airport by taxi

The POD Brooklyn: https://www.thepodhotel.com/pod-brooklyn
promocode : PODBK10
The Pod Hotel BK - 247 Metropolitan Avenue, - Brooklyn,NY 11211 - Tel: 929-337-9825


​​Our festival has been created to highlight and award the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse. The festival empowers storytellers to show the rich history and diverse tapestry of horses in human culture through equestrian content.  We have feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, training educational materials, art and literature. NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 2, 2018
As home to the storytellers of the horse world, the EQUUS Film Festival, is the first event of its kind dedicated to equestrian-themed film, fine art and authors.

The annual EQUUS Film Festival Awards Event showcases the EQUUS Panels, EQUUS Pop-Up artist, filmmaker and literary gallery, tours of carriage horse stables, a VIP Welcome Party, and the WININE Award Ceremony, are all part of the festival event program.
Founded in 2013 by Director Lisa Diersen and adding team member Diana De Rosa as Co-Organizer in 2015, the EQUUS Film Festival has grown into the goto equestrian film industry event. Presenting over 80 films in 2017 and awarding the coveted WINNIE Award to the best in the herd, including Equestrian Art Film, Director, Documentary, Commercial, International, Music Video, People’s Choice and Best of Festival. EQUUS has also has created WINNIE Award categories for Literature and Art, that has rounded out our commitment to being the home to the storytellers of the horse world.