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Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival

2023

Information on the 2023 Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival will be announced this fall.

Past Winners

2022

The 2022 GLVFF showcased over twenty selections from nearly fifty submissions.

Winners:

  • Best in Show: Lawrence Kennelly (Center Valley) for Purple Heart
  • Best Director: Juan Pablo Chaves (DeSales University) for Alice Forgiven
  • Best Performance: Sarah Cugini (Center Valley) for Cueball
  • Audience Award: Lawrence Kennelly (Center Valley) for Purple Heart

The 2022 jury included:

  • Jeremy Ballin, Creative Director at LOL Productions
  • Catherine Ford, Cinema Committee member and Co-Curator of the LGBTQ+ Film Series
  • Lou Fromm, Performing Arts Board and Cinema Committee Member
  • Joanne Garcia, ArtsQuest Education Coordinator
  • Adrianna Gober, Cinema Commitee Member, Co-Curator of the LGBTQ+ Film Series and the First Saturday Horror Series
  • Ann Knerr, ArtsQuest Cinema Committee Chair, Co-Curator of the Fem in Film Series
  • Parinda Patel, Performing Arts Board and Cinema Committee Member and Co-Curator of the Fem in Film Series
  • Katina Sossiadis, Co-Writer and Co-Director of Epiphany
  • Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Co-Writer and Co-Director of Epiphany

2020

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The 2020 GLVFF showcased twenty selections from nearly forty submissions.

Winners:

  • 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

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.

2019

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

Winners:

  • 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)

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

2018

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

Winners:

  • 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)

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

2017

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

Winners:

  • 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)

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.
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2015

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

Winners:

  • 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

Winners:

  • 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

Winners:

  • 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

Winners:

  • 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

Winners:

  • 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)