About the Festival

Our 2017 Festival

The 13th Annual West Chester Film Festival will be held Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30.  Our festival presents short films that are 30 minutes or less from around the world.  During the weekend, we will show over 60 films during our West Chester Film Festival, our West Chester Family Film Festival, and our West Chester Young Filmmaker Film Festival.

Our festival launches with our Opening Night Party, held at The Social.  Films will be shown at Boxcar Brewpub, Chester County Historical Society, and Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.  West Chester Film Festival will hold two informative and free workshops on Saturday, April 29 at Sprout Music Collective.  Sprout will also host our Film Maker Meet & Greet.  We will end our festival with our Closing Night Party held at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.

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 hosting an annual International Short Film Festival. Our short term goal is to present a self-sustaining annual film festival. Our dream and long-term goal is to permanently house the Festival in a Performing Arts Center or Theater in the Borough of West Chester, presenting independent film and giving a voice to up and coming artists. The West Chester Film Festival is a 501c3 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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