About the West Chester Film Festival
Our 2020-22 Festival
The 16th Annual West Chester Film Festival will be held from Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24. 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. The West Chester Family Film Festival is presented by the West Chester Friends School.
Our festival launches on a Friday, April 22, 2022 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 a Saturday, April 23, 2022 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 2022 Program will be released in April.
All patrons 12 years and older will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated OR having a negative COVID test within 72 hours of an indoor performance. Learn more about Uptown!’s vaccine and masking policy.
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.
2020-22 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
2020-22 Film Review Committee
Sarah Beck & Greg Koorhan
2020-22 West Chester Film Festival Volunteers
(Please forgive us for inadvertently omitting any names that should also be on this list.)
Brett Anderson Walker