Parties, Pop-Ups, & Networking Events

Opening Night Party

Friday, April 26 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
$30 online or at the door
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N. High Street, West Chester, PA 19380

Purchase Tickets to April 26 5:30 pm Opening Night Party

OPEN to the PUBLIC. Celebrate the kick off of the 2024 West Chester Film Festival at Uptown! Enjoy a great evening of cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, camaraderie and of course….  FILM! Not sure which films to watch? Come to the Opening Night Party to get a sneak peek of all the films screening throughout the weekend!


Meet filmmakers, directors, actors and sponsors and pick your preview!  Open to the public with
tickets available online or at the door. Space is limited so get your tickets early! 

Pop-Up – Horror Film Collection

Friday, April 26 at 9:30 pm
$10 online or at the door
Mayday Coffee Shop
123 North High Street, West Chester, PA 19380 

Purchase Tickets to the Horror Pop-Up

Join us for this popular late-night screening that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Was that a slight breeze on your shoulder…. Or evidence of a presence far more sinister?  Come find out!

Food and drinks will be available during this collection of some of the best horror films of the 2024 season.  (Some of these films may not be suitable for children.)

You Can’t Fix Everything in Post: Nailing Down Your Script Before the Camera Rolls
A Filmmakers Breakfast Workshop

Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 am
$5 online or at the door
Hotel Warner
120 North High Street, West Chester, PA 19380 

Purchase Tickets to the Saturday Workshop

Sponsored & Present by Something’s Awry Productions
Moderated by Executive Producer Amy Theorin
Food provided by Mayday Coffee Shop 

Pop-Up – Pennsylvania Stories

Saturday, April 27 at 3:30 pm
$10 online or at the door
Chester County History Center
225 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380

Purchase Tickets to Pennsylvania Stories Pop-Up 

Pennsylvania Stories at Chester County History Center: Tales of Triumph Over Tragedy
This film collection includes an inspiring set of films that show the strength of our community. 

After the Festivals: Preparing for Success
A Filmmakers Breakfast Workshop

Sunday, April 28 at 9:30 am
$5 online or at the door
Side Bar & Restaurant
10 E Gay St, West Chester, PA 19380

Purchase Tickets to the Saturday Workshop

Sponsored & Present by Something’s Awry Productions & West Chester Film Festival
Moderated by Executive Producer Amy Theorin
Food provided by 
Rose’s Little Donuts 

Pop-Up – Coffee & Cartoons Film Collection

Sunday, April 28 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm
$10 online or at the door
Bierhaul Townhouse
15 N Walnut St, West Chester, PA 19380

Purchase Tickets to Coffee & Cartoons Pop-Up 

Rise and shine for the return of our ever-popular collection of animated films while brunching at one of West Chester’s finest brunch spots. Coffee, tea, or mimosas will beautifully complement the creative fare of these animated short films. Brunch and drinks will be available during this collection of some of the best animated films of the 2024 season.  (Some of these films may not be suitable for children.)

Closing Night Awards Party

Sunday, April 28 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
$60 online or at the door
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380

Purchase Tickets to the April 28 6 pm Closing Night Party

OPEN to the PUBLIC Please join us for this fun wrap-up to the Film Festival weekend, and find out if your favorite films of the weekend have won the coveted “Chester”! The West Chester Film Festival’s beloved Award, the “Chester” is a one of a kind blown glass sculpture designed by Brett Walker and hand-crafted by Scott Krenitsky of Reading’s GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. The Best Woman Filmmaker will receive a $500 award presented by the Regional Center for Women in the Arts. Beverages and light nosh will be provided. Following the Awards Presentation, you’ll get to see some of the award-winning films one last time! Tickets may be purchased online or at the door on Sunday evening.

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