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Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015

The 48 Hour Cell Phone Film Challenge

Student filmmakers from throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley are invited to showcase their creativity on their smart phones by taking part in ArtsQuest's inaugural 48 Hour Cell Phone Film Challenge this fall.  The challenge will begin Nov. 6, 5 p.m., and the videos will be shown Nov. 8 (time to be announced) at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, as part of the Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival, set for Nov. 6-8.

Students may participate in groups of any size.  Participants will be presented with both a prop and a line of dialogue at the start of the competition.  The content of the films must be related to the dialogue, and the prop must be visible in at least one scene and specifically referenced by one of the characters.  Films will be judged on overall artistic merit, as well as on creative use of the dialogue. 

Students must register using the form below by Oct. 24 to participate. All footage must be captured using a cell phone camera; use of full-size video cameras is prohibited.  The competition is open to students in grades 8-12 and college. Students must be 13 or older as of Sept. 1, 2014 to participate. 

The 4th Annual Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival will be held November 6-8 at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas. The festival will present several awards to participating filmmakers including Best Feature, Best Short (15 - 50 min.), Best Short (less than 15 min.), Best Commercial-Viral Video, Best TV Pilot-Web Series, Best Documentary and Audience Award.

"The GLVFF is a yearly reminder that there is filmmaking talent of all ages here in the Lehigh Valley. We were honored to be able to showcase these films and all of the talented people who made them," said Ryan Hill, ArtsQuest Programming Manager in charge of Cinema and Comedy at the end of GLVFF 2013.

A film schedule will be announced by October 13 including which blocks the selected films will be in for juried judging. The winners will be announced November 8.


2013 Winners

Best Feature: The Backyard Philly Project

Amanda Danziger (Allentown)

Best Documentary: The Backyard Philly Project 

Amanda Danziger (Allentown)

Best Short (15-50min): The First Four 

Meghan Barwick, Laura Casale, Liana Prodorutti & Nadia Sasso (Bethlehem/Lehigh University)

Best Short (Under 15min): Painted Love 

John General (Hackettstown) 

Best Web Series: The Flighty Ducks

Dan Maher (Bethlehem)

Honorable Mention, Documentary: Pulling Teeth 

Jennifer Suwak & Steve Abruzzese (Bangor)

Audience Award: April Grace 

Andrew Hutcheson (Washington)


2012 Winners

Best Feature: Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment

Richard Morris (Bethlehem)

Best Short (15-50min): Doorman 

Collin Kornfeind (Slatington)

Best Short (Under 15min): Please Kill Me Again 

Spencer Snygg (Allentown) 

Best Web Series: The Flighty Ducks

Dan Maher (Bethlehem)

Honorable Mention (by the Jury): A Cure

Matthew Herbertz (Center Valley)

Audience Award: The Super List

Adam Winston (Macungie)



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