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Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival

February 29, 2020

The 2020 Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival will take place on February 29, 2020!

During the GLVFF, the ArtsQuest Cinema Committee will present one winner with the Best in Show Award and a $500 cash prize. The award will be determined by a jurying panel of committee members and regional film professionals. A celebration for filmmakers and cinephiles alike, the evening includes screenings of all the top submissions in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas.

STUDENT SHOWCASE (Running Time TBD) 11:00 AM

This is a FREE screening. A ticket will still be required. Please reserve tickets by calling 610-332-3378 or in person at the ArtsQuest Center Box Office.

Please join us for a student showcase celebrating the works of middle school and high school students.

Collaborative Media Expressions – Seven imaginative, genre-defying student films produced by Collaborative Media Expressions, Community Bike Works, The Parris J Lane Memorial Foundation, and The Cultural Coalition of Allentown. Student-directors from the Allentown School District moved from dreams to completed films during an immersive 10-week filmmaking workshop supported by funding from Upside Allentown and the CCA’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts – By their senior year, Literary Arts Majors at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts have taken Screenwriting I and Advanced Film Theory and Practice as part of their curriculum. The students in these courses recently engaged with two projects, the “Photo Roman,” and the “Flash Film.” Both projects were designed to be shot on cell phones using “no budget/high concept” expectations. The Literary Arts faculty chose a sample of the most effective works for the “Student Showcase” at the GLVFF.

GREATER LEHIGH VALLEY FILMMAKER FESTIVAL

Each block: $5
Festival pass for all for all four blocks: $16 *Only 60 festival passes available*

Block 1: (66min) 1:15 PM

931 Miles Away (9min) dir. Jenn Marinello (DeSales University)

After the Quiet (3min) dir. Evan Werner (DeSales University)

Boxes (6min) by Michael Sheridan (Easton)

The Bus Trip (2min) dir Spencer Snygg (Allentown)

The Christmas Cabin (2min) dir. Brad Madden (Lower Macungie) & Dino Perelli (Bangor)

Fatherless (30min) dir. William Crouch (Producer Chad Eric Smith of Philadelphia/Credits by Keith Ulrich of Bethlehem)

On Body & Sole (14min) dir. Drew Swedberg *OUT OF COMPETITION*

Block 2: (73min) 3:15 PM

A Change in Time (5min) dir. Miranda Shollenberger (Kutztown University) *OUT OF COMPETITION*

One Night Stand (10min) dir. Colin Coder (DeSales University)

Secrets Past (6min) dir. Matthew Lucas (Editor/Actor Brian Muth of Bethlehem)

Simple as That (22min) dir. Brandon C. Lay (Bethlehem) *OUT OF COMPETITION*

Sing, Sweet Birdie (25min) dir. Margaret Mustion (Muhlenberg College)

Tragedy or Triumph (5min) by Jen Marinello (DeSales University)

Block 3: (74min) 5:15 PM

Bitten (7min) dir. Nick Carrodo (DeSales University) 7min *OUT OF COMPETITION*

Burn (5min) dir. Sophie Goad (DeSales Univeristy)

Coal (5min) dir. Elaine Donmoyer (Schnecksville)

Good Grief: A Comedy About Loss and Being Bad at It (30min) dir. Glen Tickle (Phillipsburg) *OUT OF COMPETITION*

Oh, the Horror! (7min) dir. Jacob Boyer (Kutztown)

Rearview (6min) dir. Jaccii Farris (Allentown)

She Carries a Pearl (14min) dir. Sean Regan (Montrose)

Block 4: (67min) 7:15 PM

5 Stars (18min) dir. Vernard James (Allentown)

The Audition (3min) dir. Vicent Mondillo (Easton)

Complicated (6min) dir. Evan Werner (DeSales University)

Ellie’s Perk (12min) dir. Kevin Guzewich (Writer/Producer/Lead Actress Elissa Piszel of Bethlehem)

My Misdiagnosed Life (6min) by Mary Endy (Kutztown University)

Podcast Genesis (12min) dir. Tom Peeler (Conshohocken) 12min *OUT OF COMPETITION*

The Witching Hour (10min) dir. Graham Burrell (Muhlenberg College) *OUT OF COMPETITION*

After the fourth block, a special awards ceremony will take place to announce the winners in various categories including Best in Show and an Audience Award based solely on audience voting. The Best in Show award includes a $500 cash prize.

Past Winners

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

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

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)