April 25, 2018 | by Carol Quigley
West Chester, PA — On Friday evening the West Chester Film Festival kicks off its fourteenth annual festival with its Opening Night Party at The Social in the Borough of West Chester. Following the party, 16 two-hour blocks of film will screen all weekend long and conclude with the Closing Night Awards Party at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.
Like the last 13 years, the Festival will present short film from around the world to its regional audience. Featured films in the 2018 Festival include five Oscar nominated films from and a few films from Chester County natives.
Oscar nominated films featured in the festival include Watu Wote (All of Us) from Germany’s Katja Benrath, The Eleven O’Clock from Australia’s Derin Seale, DeKalb Elementary from California’s Reed Van Dyk, Traffic Stop from New York’s Kate Davis, and Garden Party from France’s Theophile Dufresne. Also included in this year’s lineup are several other Oscar-shortlisted films.
West Chester native Melissa Saddic wrote the music for the short film That Smell, filmed almost entirely in the beloved Baldwin’s Book Barn on Route 52 in West Chester and starring local actor (and hockey coach) Derek Chandler.
Other films from local filmmakers include Mindfulness Matters from West Chester’s Koi-Fly Productions and Mary and Marsha in the Manor of Madness by Something’s Awry Productions in Westtown. (West Chester filmmakers’ matching alliterations were unintentional.) Coatesville resident Luke Brubaker directs the student comedy Character Study, and Sound is Half the Picture is directed by Philadelphia’s Dede Maitre.
In addition to the main Festival screenings presented by Exelon Corporation, there is a Saturday morning Family Film Festival, free for children under 10, sponsored by West Chester Friends School. The Youth Film Festival, sponsored by the Children’s Beach House and Plein Air Brandywine Valley, features films made by and for middle- and high-school students; a creative way to connect with your ‘tweeners’!
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The West Chester Film Festival is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization which relies on the financial support of dedicated local sponsors as well as the time and labor of volunteers to make the Festival an annual success. To see the full line-up of events, film descriptions and to purchase tickets, please visit West Chester Film Festival.