The Best of the Fest – Past – Tours Delco Libraries

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Media Film Festival we are offering free screenings of a hand selected group of our favorite short films from years past.  This 80 minute program is free of charge and includes films from a number of genres including drama, comedy, animation and documentary.  The film “Painkiller”, produced by local teens that learned filmmaking as part of the Media Youth Film Initiative (MyFi) will start the program.

  • Best of the Fest Past will have six free showings at Delco Public Libraries:
  • Media / Upper Providence – Sunday, March 5th, 2:30pm
  • Middletown Free Library – Monday, March 6th, 2:00pm  
  • Middletown Free Library – Thursday, March 9th, 6:30pm
  • Lansdowne Public Library – Friday, March 10th, 12:00pm
  • Marple Library – Sunday, March 12th, 1:30pm  
  • Haverford Township Free Library – Sunday, March 19th, 2:00pm
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Purchase Tickets to the 2017 Media Film Festival

You can purchase tickets at the door April 7th and 8th — or purchase advance tickets online.

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2017 Media Film Fest — Official Selections

After a careful, months long process the Jury has made its decisions and our list of official selections for our 10th Anniversary edition of the Media Film Festival has been released.  This year’s films represent a diverse group of emerging independent filmmakers.  There are a number of outstanding local selections alongside films from Germany, France, Ireland and beyond.  The Media Film Festival screens April 7th and 8th at the historic Media Theatre.

Our 2017 selections:

(Currently listed in alphabetical order; the final schedule will be announced later in March.)

  • The Astronomer
  • The Audition
  • The Blow Job
  • Bombing
  • Chasseur
  • Deloras
  • The Discovery of Alan Hindley
  • A Funny Man
  • Gift Horses
  • Happy Birthday, Kevin
  • Happy Earth Co.
  • Karl Manhair Postal Inspector
  • Killed in Action
  • The Life of Marie
  • Limbo
  • Mayfield
  • Mints
  • Need Change
  • Not Yet
  • Rekindled
  • Remote Controlled
  • Selkie
  • Solitary
  • Somna
  • Stay Here
  • Two Dollar Bill
  • Unleavened Bread (Caramel mou)
  • The Usual Silence
  • Virgin Territory
  • Whiskey Sour
  • Wifey Redux
  •  You Look Beautiful

And in the Friday Night Horror Festival, 10:30pm April 7th:

  • An Ambitious Man
  • Brainsick, The Hammer Killer
  • He’s Mine
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Only for the Good
  • Postpartum
  • Save
  • Studded Nightmare (Cauchemar capitonné)
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The Jury is Out…

The submission deadline has passed and the last of the entries for the 10th Annual Media Film Festival are in now in the hands of the jurors. Our panel will be screening, scoring and tabulating the results and will announce the Official Selections in late February. There were a record number of films in the 2017 competition including narrative, documentaries, animation and experimental films with horror films in a category of their own. Thanks to all of the artists whose hard work makes this Festival possible. Stay tuned for the results. The Media Film Festival will take place Friday, April 7th and Saturday April 8th, 2017 at the Historic Media Theatre in downtown Media.

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Festival Submissions Close Monday, Januray 16th

There are only a few days left to submit your film to the 2017 Media Film Festival.  The last day for submissions is Monday January 16th.  Final selections will be announced in early March, and the fest will be held on April 7th and 8th, 2017.

Click “Submit Your Film” on the menu above for full details, or simply click one of the logos below to submit through the festival submission service of your choice.

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Press Release: Media Film Festival Announces 2017 Dates and Call for Entries

May 23, 2016 (MEDIA, PA) – The Media Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 10th Anniversary year. The Festival will take place April 7 – 8, 2017 at its official Host Venue, the historic Media Theatre in downtown Media, PA The early deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2016. For more information on official deadlines as well as entry guidelines and links visit

Now in its 10th year, the Media Film Festival offers access to the creative voices of independent filmmakers from across the Philadelphia region and around the world. According to Festival Chair David Scheivert, “Our Festival supports a diverse community of artists who have unique stories to tell.” Categories include narrative, documentary, animation, experimental and horror. Entries are under 40 minutes.

The 10 th Anniversary of the Media Film Festival will include special events throughout the year, including free public screenings of a “Best of Fest” retrospective. “The Media Film Festival is more than just a presentation of great film art,” says Scheivert, “It’s a community happening with the excitement and glamour of the red carpet and the opportunity to celebrate these films together. In our 10 th year we want to acknowledge and thank our filmmakers, festival-goers and sponsors.”

The Media Film Festival is a volunteer-run event produced by the Media Arts Council and presented by the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. Volunteers and Festival jurors are needed. For more information call (484) 431-6626.

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Call for Entries for the 10th Annual Media Film Festival

The call for entries for the 10th annual Media Film Festival is now open, for the fest that will be held on April 7th and 8th, 2017.

Click “Submit Your Film” on the menu above for full details, or simply click one of the logos below to submit through the festival submission service of your choice.


The early deadline (September 1st 2016) is discounted, so send your film in now to save on submission fees.

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2016 Media Film Festival Jury Awards and Audience Awards

2016 Jury Awards

Jury Award winners for the 2016 Media Film Festival were announced Saturday night, April 2nd at the close of the festival.  Films are judged by a jury for each genre.

  • Best Drama: The Dolphin Skin City
  • Best Comedy: Donald’s Mom
  • Best Documentary: One is No One
  • Best Animation: The Song of Wandering Aengus
  • Best Horror Film: Chateau Sauvignon: terroir
  • Best Local Film: Sara and Dennis
  • Golden Trolley Award for outstanding achievement: Monkeys

2016 Audience Awards 

The Media Film Festival is pleased to announce the 2016 Audience Awards. These awards are voted on by the audience after each screening.

Friday Evening Awards
1st (tie): “Oh Crappy Day” & “Welcome Home
2nd (tie): “Disco Zal” and “Put Down
3rd “Animation Hotline

Late Night Horror Awards
1st: “How Olin Lost HIs Eye
2nd: “The Hitch Hiker
3rd: “Chateau Sauvignon; Terroir

Saturday Matinee Awards
1st: “I’ve Just Had a Dream
2nd: “Got This
3rd: “Hopscotch

Saturday Evening Awards
1st: “Oh, Lucy
2nd: “One is No One
3rd (tie): “Monkeys” & “Baits and Hooks

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The 2016 Media Film Festival Celebrates Success

Our largest, most enthusiastic audiences ever, a superb lineup of films and a glittering after-party made the 9th Annual Media Film Festival a big hit. Held at the Media Theatre, April 1st and 2nd, the event lived up to its promise of “bringing a world of film to Everybody’s Hometown” by showcasing a program of 42 outstanding short films from around the world, including a significant number of excellent selections produced right here in our area.

We’d like to thank our sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor, the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, our event volunteers, staff and the filmmakers and actors whose great art made this year’s Fest possible. Many of the artists were in attendance, having traveled from as far away as Paris and Hollywood to be part of the fun. There were photos on the red carpet, the opportunity to network with each other and chat with film goers not to mention cocktails at the big Saturday night Festival party in the Theatre’s Crystal Room.

Preparations are already underway for the 10th Annual Media Film Festival which will include a series of special events and some exciting surprises – so stay tuned. And we hope you will consider getting involved. A big arts event doesn’t happen without broad community support. Become a volunteer, a juror or a donor. For more information go to or call (484) 431-6626.

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Press Release: Local Films to Highlight Media Film Fest April 1-2

 March 22, 2015 (MEDIA, PA) –  Several outstanding local films will be among the 42 carefully curated selections for this year’s Media Film Festival  to be held April 1st and 2nd, 2016 ​ at the historic Media Theatre.  This year, festival goers can look forward to 15 short films from Delco and the greater Delaware Valley chosen from an unprecedented number of entries representing more than 20 countries.

“This area has such a wealth of talent,” says Festival Chair David Scheivert.  “It is exciting to be able to showcase some of the best short films our region has to offer and celebrate our homegrown professional filmmakers.  When you add to that some very strong offerings produced by the Media Youth Film Initiative, our class for high school filmmakers, you have a film festival not only for the community, but also by the community. ”

Among the highlights with local ties: Monkeys, an acclaimed drama co-produced by and starring Media native Jessica Graham, honored at a number of festivals across the country, it will have its East Coast premiere in Media at the Saturday 7pm showing; One is No One, a moving documentary created by a student-run production company at Villanova University which looks at one family’s struggle to transcend  poverty in Costa Rica;  Disco Zal, director Sean McKnight’s comedy starring Delco actor and MFF favorite, Gary Gustin;  Gumball, shot on location at the DK Diner in West Chester, directed  by Kris Theorin and Kurtis Theorin; and Moths, an award winning drama produced by Philadelphia’s Madeleine Shapiro, a story of the magic that occurs when a little girl befriends the town’s outcast.

Four films, the work of area high school students enrolled in the Media Youth Film Initiative, MyFi, will have their world premieres at the 9th annual Media Film Festival.  Under the mentorship of professional filmmaker, Hezekiah Lewis, Delco teens are taught all aspects of film craft, from conceiving and writing a script, to acting, directing, cinematography, editing and sound mixing.  Welcome Home  and Dream Big will open the Friday evening showing.  A Sublime Screenplay and Tommy will open Saturday’s 7pm program.

The Media Film Festival is produced by the Media Arts Council.  Presenting sponsors include the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.  A l, sponsors include the Borough of Media, The Media Theatre and Michael R. Rhile Carpentry.  Tickets are $12 for one day or $20 for the All-Festival pass.  To view the trailer or buy tickets online visit                      

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