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GLVFF 10th Annual_2021

Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival

March 31-April 3, 2021

ArtsQuest will be hosting the 10th annual Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival (GLVFF) with a notable change of pace. Rather than holding a live, in-person event, the plan this year is to transition the festival to an exclusively digital format to ensure that the tradition moves forward in the safest manner possible.

While we will not be accepting new submissions this year, the festival will be offering an array of filmmaker panels and special projects, including a nostalgic retrospective on some of the festival’s most memorable winners.

The virtual festival will take place over the course of four days from Mar. 31 through Apr. 3 and will feature the following:

  • Reel Winners: A two-part series of compilation reels featuring GLVFF winning projects from the last decade, followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers
  • A few panel/webinar discussions spotlighting acclaimed filmmakers and their experiences within the business
  • Reel Memories: A fun, interactive discussion all about our love of the moviegoing experience

There are currently no events scheduled. Please view the full calendar for all upcoming events!

Past Winners

2020

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The 2020 GLVFF showcased twenty selections from nearly forty submissions.

The 2020 jury included: Jeremy Ballin, Creative Director at LOL Productions; Catherine Ford, Cinema Committee member; Ann Knerr, ArtsQuest Cinema Committee Chair; Michael Kramp, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University; Zeke Zelker, CEO & President of IDreamMachine; Katina Sossiadis, Co-Writer and Co-Director of Epiphany; Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Co-Writer and Co-Director of Epiphany.

Best in Show: Vernard James (Allentown) for Five Stars

Best Director: Vernard James (Allentown) for Five Stars

Best Performance: Chad Eric Smith for Fatherless

Best Animated Film: Elaine Donmoyer (Schnecksville) for Coal

Audience Award: Elaine Donmoyer (Schnecksville) for Coal

2019

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The 2019 GLVFF showcased twenty selections culled from 30+ submissions.

The 2019 jury included: Jeremy Ballin, Creative Director at LOL Productions; Adrianna Gober, Writer & Editor for Cinepunx; Catherine Ford, Cinema Committee member; Ann Knerr, ArtsQuest Cinema Committee Chair; Michael Kramp, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University; Liam O’ Donnell, Editor in Chief of Cinepunx; Zeke Zelker, CEO & President of IDreamMachine; Katina Sossiadis, Writer and Director of Epiphany

Best Documentary: Wine in Moderation, directed by Adam Pivirotto (DeSales University)

Best Narrative: The Last Fishing Trip, directed by Christopher Fox (Peekskill, NY), starring Diane Bakos (Bethlehem)

Audience Award: Absolution Green, directed by Lois Silver (Scotrun), written by Paul Kodiak (Bethlehem)

Best in Show: The Story of the Sectaurs, directed by Cliff Reese (East Earl)

2018

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The 2018 GLVFF showcased twenty selections culled from 40+ submissions.

The 2018 jury included: Jeremy Ballin, Creative Director at LOL Productions; Adrianna Gober, Writer & Editor for Cinepunx; Catherine Ford, Cinema Committee member; Ann Knerr, ArtsQuest Cinema Committee Chair; Michael Kramp, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University; Kelsey Snelling, Director; Amy Unger, Executive Producer at WFMZ and previous GLVFF Best Documentary winner; Zeke Zelker, CEO & President of IDreamMachine

Best Documentary: La Otra Manera (The Other Way), Joshua Marks (Cinematographer & Editor: Delaney McCaffrey of Lehigh University)

Best Narrative: Para Todo Mal…Para Todo Bien, Stephanie Gardner (Emmaus)

Audience Award: The Wisdom, Callie Harlan & Lindsay Penn (Bethlehem)

Best in Show: Big Money Agenda, Vincent Mondillo (Easton)

2017

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The 2017 GLVFF showcased fourteen selections culled from 30+ submissions.

The 2017 jury included: Daniel Roebuck, actor/director; Stephanie Gardner, filmmaker/2015 GLVFF Best in Show winner; Ann Knerr, ArtsQuest Cinema Committee chair; Dan Maher, actor/director/3-time GLVFF award winner; Lauren McAloon, ArtsQuest Cinema Committee member; Jason Overdorf, filmmaker/owner, Jay & Brian’s Excellent Video Store; Lauren Tocci, ArtsQuest Cinema Committee member.

Best Documentary: Big Pharma: Market Failure, Vincent Mondillo (Easton)

Best Narrative: The Greatest Movie of All Time, CJ Bambert & Tate Q. Steinberg (DeSales University)

Audience Award: Stage 7, Jen Suwak & Steve Abruzzese (Easton)

Best In Show: Stage 7, Jen Suwak & Steve Abruzzese (Easton)

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2015

Best Documentary: Letters to Frieda, Amy Unger (Allentown)

Best Web Series: Transform my Transformer, Dan Maher (Bethlehem)

Best Short <15min: In This Day and Age, Christine Shaman (Easton)

Best Short <50min: Temporary Shelter, Ellen Galperin, Toby Schwartz, Katie Weeks (Easton)

Audience Award: Letters to Frieda, Amy Unger (Allentown)

Best In Show: If I Had a Piano (I’d Play You the Blues), Stephanie Gardner (Emmaus)

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2014

Best Feature: Living with the Tiger, Mike Thomas and Roberta Morris Purdee (Easton)

Best Documentary: Aftershocks, Jaccii Farris (Allentown)

Best Web Series: Shark Week, Marie Guglielmo (Allentown)

Best Commercial/PR Video: El Sistema, Phil Osborne (Allentown)

Best Short < 10min: Plugged In, Ryan Spence (Allentown)

Best Short 10-40mi: S.T.E.M. Education and Technology: A Philly Snapshot, Sumitha Ramesh (Colmar)

Audience Award: The White Faced Man, Luke Ramer (Macungue)

Honorable Mention: Just Like We Used To, Suzanne Doran (Allentown)

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2013

Best Feature and Best Documentary: The Backyard Philly Project, Amanda Danziger (Allentown)

Best Short 15-50 Minutes: The First Four, Meghan Barwick, Laura Casale, Liana Prodorutti & Nadia Sasso (Bethlehem)

Best Short < 15min: Painted Love, John General (Hackettstown)

Best Web Series: The Flighty Ducks, Dan Maher (Bethlehem)

Audience Award: April Grace, Andrew Hutcheson (Washington)

Honorable Mention: Pulling Teeth, Jennifer Suwak & Steve Abruzzese (Bangor)

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2012

Best Feature: Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment, Richard Morris (Bethlehem)

Best Short 15-50 Mintues: Doorman, Collin Kornfeind (Slatington)

Best Short < 15 Minutes: Please Kill Me Again, Spencer Snygg (Allentown)

Best Web Series: The Flighty Ducks, Dan Maher (Bethlehem)

Audience Award: The Super List, Adam Winston (Macungie)

Honorable Mention: A Cure, Matthew Herbertz (Center Valley)

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2011

Best Documentary: Animating Autism, Sean Feely & John Gross (Lehigh Valley)

Best Feature: The Obsession, Spencer Snygg (Allentown)

Best Short Film: One Way Out, Eric Leadbetter (Bethlehem)

Best Young Filmmaker: A Rough Draft, Anthony Delluva (Lehigh Valley)

Special Technical Achievement: Here, Courtney Eady (Allentown)