June 13-20, 2016
CONCEPT: Our festival is designed to develop a vertical film community
within the Philadelphia region by showcasing original films from high school, university, fellow nonprofit media creation programs and Philly-based independent filmmakers under the age of 25. Social gatherings, live performances, hands-on workshops and panel discussions led by industry personalities will compliment screenings at venues throughout the city.
SUBMISSIONS: “Official Selections” will be made for multiple film categories including Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Action/Adventure, Documentary, Music Video, Animation, Experimental and “Transformative.” Writers can also submit original scripts for works yet to enter production. Winners will be incorporated into live festival events and eligible for awards.
AWARDS: The week will culminate with a spectacular Awards Gala at Suzanne Roberts Theater in the heart of Philadelphia. Live performances by School of Rock’s famous House Band, Philly Youth Poetry Movement’s 3-Time International Champion Slam Team and Philly Young Playwrights’ award-winning Alumni will compliment a celebration of amazing Philly filmmakers.
PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS: A true movement is forming around this community development concept with a diverse array of partners throughout Philly. Philadelphia Film Society, Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Philadelphia Independent Film/Video Association, Philadelphia Women in Film and Television, Philly Youth Media Collaborative, Fresh Artists, The Franklin Institute and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
SPECIAL SPONSORS: Specific categories and special awards are being sponsored by wonderful friends at the Media Education Lab, the Pulitzer Center, Scriptd.com, Youtube Space L.A, Videosmith and more are joining us daily. Our panel of industry judges ensures that submitted work is being considered by those that live and breath the craft.
MISSION: Rough Cut Productions, a nonprofit with the Culture Trust of Greater Philadelphia, is dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia youth through access to media creation tools and hands-on instruction. Your support of this annual Festival helps finance an expansion of existing programming and provide free after school and summer classes.