About the West Chester Film Festival

Our 2024 Festival

The 18th Annual West Chester Film Festival will be held from Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2024.  Our festival presents short films that are 30 minutes or less from around the world.  During the weekend we will show over 50 films at our West Chester Film Festival, from 2 minute comedies to 30 minute dramas and everything in between.


Our festival launches on a Friday, April 26, 2024 with our Opening Night Party.  Our main venue is the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.  We will also be presenting Pop-Up Films Blocks that will be shown at locations around the borough of West Chester.  Every year we hold informative and free filmmaker workshops and a Filmmaker Meet & Greet on Saturday afternoon of the Festival weekend.  The Festival ends on Sunday with more screenings and our not-to-be-missed Closing Night Party where we award the top films in each genre with the coveted “Chester“!


Preview the 2024 West Chester Film Festival Program.

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 the last 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.

2024 West Chester Film Festival Executive Board

Sarah Beck, President
Renee McGusty, Vice President & Young Filmmaker Coordinator
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Treasurer
Armin Jahromi, Secretary & Director of Technology
Victoria Rose, Director of Sponsorship
Victoria Helmke, Director of Volunteers
Scott Derby, Director of Graphic Design
Melissa Bullitt, Judging Coordinator and Director of Community Outreach
Wes Weisser, Director of Photographer
Dani Reed, Director of Project Management
Amy Theorin, Director of Social Media and Filmmaker Liaison

2024 Film Review Committee

Sarah Beck
Megan Bertinetti
Tim Homan
Armin Jahromi
Victoria Rose 

Anne Skillman
Andrew Snyder
Michael Werner
Rose Werner 


Sarah Beck & Greg Koorhan

2023 West Chester Film Festival Volunteers

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

Aurora Fitzpatrick
Caius Fitzpatrick
Kaley Fitzpatrick
Leo Flickinger
Nel Flickinger
Elizabeth Heckle Reed
Meg Helmke
Tim Homan
Evan Kriebel 

Melanie Kuchma
Jim McGusty
June Mento
Kevin Mitchell
Asher Munson
Diana Munson
Russell Munson
Sean Reynolds 

Anne Skillman
Marc Skillman
George Strawbridge
Pam Tatum
Kelli-Ann Tatum
Craig Theorin
Nik Theorin
Grayson Vicinanza 


Many Thanks to Our Sponsors