About the West Chester Film Festival


Our 2020-21 Festival

The 16th Annual West Chester Film Festival will be held Friday, April 23 – Sunday, April 25, 2021.  Our festival presents short films that are 30 minutes or less from around the world.  During the weekend we will show over 60 films at our West Chester Film Festival,  Family Film Festival, and Young Filmmaker Film Festival.

Our festival launches Friday, April 23 with our Opening Night Party.  Our main venue is Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.  Our Pop Up Films will be shown at location around the borough of West Chester.  The West Chester Film Festival holds informative and free filmmaker workshops on Saturday, April 24, followed by our Filmmaker Meet & Greet.  We end our festival on Sunday with more screenings and our not-to-be-missed Closing Night Party where we award top films in each genre with the coveted “Chester“!

Preview last year’s West Chester Film Festival Program.  Our 2021 Program will be released in the new year.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the West Chester Film Festival is to Entertain, Enlighten and Educate the public through the presentation of global independent and innovative short film and interactive workshops by presenting an annual international short film festival.  Our goal is to present a self-sustaining annual film festival giving a voice to up-and-coming artists.  The West Chester Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Join us for a weekend every April* for the annual West Chester Film Festival.  We will screen short films, up to 30 minutes in length, submitted by independent filmmakers from around the world. Submissions are juried by a panel of industry professionals and winners chosen according to content, innovation and technical execution.  We anticipate attendance of 3,000 film lovers this year.

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The Festival Team

West Chester Film Festival is made possible by the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Thank you for your support.

2020-21 West Chester Film Festival Executive Board

Carol Jean Quigley, President
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Vice President & Filmmaker Liaison
Sarah Beck, Secretary
David Hoopes, Treasurer
Gregg Voltz, Technical Director
Anne Skillman, Volunteer Coordinator
Renee McGusty, Young Filmmaker Coordinator
Victoria Flickinger, Sponsorship Coordinator
Armin Jahromi, Director of Technology & Community Outreach

2020-21 Film Review Committee

Sarah Beck
Michael Dimenna
Daryl Durnell
Tori Flickinger
Armin Jahromi
Alaina McNaughton
Manny Otero
Renee Otero
Anne Skillman
Ed Williams

Webmasters

Sarah Beck, Greg Koorhan, & Armin Jahromi

2020-21 West Chester Film Festival Volunteers

(Please forgive us for inadvertently omitting any names that should also be on this list.)

Laura Barton
Carol Beck
Fran Beck
Jack Butler
Heather Cicalese
Michael Civita
Ed Claypoole
Jack Craig
Gretchen DelRossi
Megan DelRossi
Michael DiMenna
Kevin Dowling
Maggie Dowling
Caius Fitzpatrick
Judy Fitzpatrick
Kaley Fitzpatrick
Rory Fitzpatrick
Tim Fitzpatrick
Matt Flickinger
Leo Flickinger
Penny Flickinger

Janet Gallagher
Victoria Helmke
Gianna Klein
Jodi Knapp
Jane Ludin
Jim McGusty
Mel Megee
Diane Moran
Renee Otero
Manny Otero
Catherine Renon
Nicolas Renon
Sean Reynolds
Marc Skillman
Kora Stahl
Tilo Stahl
Erin Tatum
Kelli-Ann Tatum
Pam Tatum
Valetta
Brett Anderson Walker
Michael Weber

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors