7th Annual EQUUS Film Festival NYC Moves to Kentucky

Here’s a look at the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest in Lexington, KY will offer.

Poster by Keron Psillas Oliveira

EQUUS Film Festival NYC (now the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest) will deliver “all things equine” at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky in the Wrigley Media Group Theaters on December 5 – 8 2019. Artists and authors will meet attendees at the Pop-Up Gallery in the International Museum Of The Horse. I have had a blast at EFF NYC in the past, but this year at the Kentucky Horse Park will offer more — for a lot less for hotel and food – and will be in the heart of horse country.


Besides a bountiful variety of films, the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest will host over 15 international equine authors and eleven international equine artists. Literary works (fiction and non-fiction) and evocative artwork will be on display and for sale. Many artists will participate in moderated discussion panels. The panels are created to explore a breadth of equine related topics. Those who attend will mix with artists, filmmakers, authors, trainers, rescuers, equine-related therapists, equine related business people and immerse in a personalized, all-horse weekend.

Photo courtesy of the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest

Respected equine artist and author John Hockensmith will host a reception for EQUUS filmmakers, artist, authors and guests at his gallery, Hockensmith’s Fine Art Editions Gallery, 146 East Main Street in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Artist Keron Psillas Oliveira is the Official 2019 EQUUS Film & Arts Fest Poster Artist. Ms. Oliveira is a photographer, writer, instructor and mentor, with an extensive background in the print and publishing industry.

Photo courtesy of the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest


The EQUUS Film Festival has been a leading showcase for domestic and international equestrian content including feature films, short films, documentaries, music videos, commercials, training, educational materials, art and literature. For the past six years, EFF has created a fun and educational environment for those who live and love horses to learn, share ideas and make friends.

I met my Irish “horse sister” at the film festival. I’ve stayed at her horse farm in County Down Northern Ireland and she’s coming to spend pre-Christmas with me!

Photo courtesy of the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest

The EQUUS Film and Arts Fest was founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen (President/Director). Lisa is an avid equestrian who has spent her life in the company of horses. Lisa’s mission is to show the world how horses can bring everyone together regardless of race, age, gender, abilities or disabilities. She raises, trains and loves Lusitano horses at her home in Maple Park, Illinois.

Ms. Diersen shares: “The EQUUS Film Festival was created to highlight and reward the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse.” The seventh year in Kentucky shows every indication of being a topper.

Photo courtesy of the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest


  • Check out the FAST FACTS page. Tickets on sale now.
  • The VIP Party with Special Film Screening Event will be on Dec. 5 (6pm – 9:30pm).
  • The host hotel is the new Glo Lexington (Best Western) – request the EFAF rate.

The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest is available on-demand. Their website is www.equusfilmfestival.net. It will also be on HORSE NETWORK. Gary Holt with Equestrian Legacy Radio and Wayne Williams from Speaking Of Horses will be conduct on site interviews for their shows.

To quote Lisa — Pony On. See you in Lexington.

Photo courtesy of the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest