Professor of Film and Video Arts and Chair of the Department
Leah Bedrosian Peterson is a writer-director whose films examine empathetic characters and the relationships that shape our ideas about self and identity. She's currently in post-production on her short narrative film, BRAVE LITTLE HAWK which was completed in 2023. Her script for the film made it to the quarterfinals in both the ScreenCraft Film Fund and the Outstanding Screenplays Shorts Competition. She was selected as one of three recipients to receive the 2022 University of Film and Video Faculty Research Award Grant sponsored by the University of Film and Video Association to support postproduction work on BRAVE LITTLE HAWK.
Bedrosian Peterson’s stop motion animation, UNDER THE WALNUT TREE was awarded the “Director’s Choice Award” at the Black Maria Film Festival, awarded “Audience Favorite” at the Florida Animation Festival, nominated for the “Women’s Film Critic Choice Award” at the Socially Relevant Film Festival, and nominated for “Best Short Animation” by the Arpa International Film Festival.
She is the founder and director of OnScreen International Film Festival which is committed to screening both undergraduate and graduate student films in central Pennsylvania. The festival was founded in 2007 and receives an average of 950 submissions from 77 countries.
Her photographic work from the project, ERASURE, was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of “Heritage of the World" (Das Eber Welt), Germany, distributed with “National Geographic.” (pgs 108-112). ERASURE was also featured on HungerTV.com, the website for “Hunger Magazine,” published in London, UK and was a finalist for a print feature. Her drawings from the ERASURE series won Best in Show at the Park Art Fair International in Geneva, Switzerland.
Bedrosian Peterson is chair and professor of Film and Video Arts at Lycoming College. She received her MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and her BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.