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Williamsport’s only international film festival to screen student films

Williamsport’s only international film festival to screen student films

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Lycoming College today announced its lineup for the 14th annual Onscreen Film and Video Festival. Admission is free and open to the public, and attendees should RSVP at The Sept. 30 screening begins promptly at 7 p.m. at the AMC Classic 11 in Williamsport, Pa.

Since its start in 2008 as a local screening, the OnScreen Film and Video Festival (formerly known as the Pennsylvania College Student Film and Video Festival) has grown to include film submissions the world over. This year logged a record 1,194 submissions from 77 countries. Official selections comprise 22 films from the United States, United Kingdom, Hungary, India, Spain, China, Slovenia, Italy, France, Israel, and Argentina.

Leah Bedrosian Peterson, festival director and professor of film and video arts at Lycoming College is excited about this year’s festival jury members including Tom Woodruff, Jr. (Tom Woodruff Jr. Grant Jury Award for Lycoming College films), Academy Award-winning actor and special effects artist who has worked on every Alien and Alien vs. Predator film since Aliens; Levi Woodward (Narrative), managing partner at preeminent international film and tv studio Rocket Science. Recent films include Sean Penn’s Flag Day, The Trial of the Chicago Seven, and May December; Danielle Bernstein (Documentary), founder of Clear Films, the full service, story driven production company that uses media to amplify social and environmental struggles affecting the global community; Christina Moliterno (Animation), Lead Motion Designer at Rockstar Games in New York City; and Stephen St. Francis Decky (Experimental Films and Music Videos), visiting assistant professor of film and video art at Lycoming College and multi-media artist and writer. More information on the jury can be found at

“It was thrilling to see that our festival attracted almost 1200 filmmakers to submit films that they poured their hearts and souls into. The quality of films submitted this year was impressive and provided Onscreen Film and Video Festival the opportunity to screen a number of exciting, touching, and thought-provoking films that help to shine a light on promising young filmmakers,” said Bedrosian Peterson. "Locally, Lycoming College is proud to contribute to the arts culture of Williamsport with the city’s only international film festival.”

Winning entries from each category will be screened at the live event held at the AMC. In addition, both Lycoming College student films nominated for the Tom Woodruff Jr. Grand Jury Prize Award will screen at the AMC. All Official selections will screen online from October 1st- October 15th.  A link to online screening will be available

Winners are listed below.

Narrative WINNER

Otava directed by Lana Bregar

SLOVENIA (Academy of Theatre, Radio, and Film)

An adolescent girl tries to dream about memories of her mother while having to be physically present on the family farm with her grandmother.


Documentary WINNER

Kerala Hip Hop: Into the Roots directed by Akshay kp

INDIA (NEO Film School)

A documentary about the dynamic hip hop culture in Kerala, India.


Animation WINNER

How to Make Electronic Music directed by Rob Thompson

UNITED STATES (Maryland Institute College of Art)

A wandering musician shows you how he makes electronic music in the wild.


Experimental WINNER

The Wounds of My Home directed by Claudia Estrada

SPAIN (Valencia Polytechnic University)

A house with cracks, like a damaged body, say goodbye. Time to heal the wounds, someday evils will bloom.


Tom Woodruff Jr. Grand Jury Prize WINNER

McClenty directed by Jessee Bermudez

UNITED STATES (Lycoming College)

McClenty explores the separation between life as a Grammy nominated musician and life as a music teacher at KIPP Academy.


Narrative Official Selections

The Bag directed by Elsa Cahen, Elton Mendes; FRANCE (École des Beaux-Arts, France and University of Paris)

Ring directed by Zhang Haoyu; CHINA Bejing Institute of Fashion Technology

Yoddha directed by Farhaan Colabawalla; UNITED STATES (New York Film Academy)

Quella oche Resta directed by Matteo Ferrari; ITALY (Rome University of Fine Arts)

Listen To Me directed by Francois Hoskovec; FRANCE (3iS Film and TV)


Documentary Official Selections 

McClenty directed by Jessee Bermudez; UNITED STATES (Lycoming College)

The Instrument Man directed by Ezequiel Prusak; ARGENTINA (University of Buenos Aires)

Holding Onto Water directed by Kiubon Kokko; UNITED STATES (Claremount McKenna College)

Lost in the Daze of Candy directed by Casey Funke, Claudia Peralta Torres, Brennen Marin; UNITED STATES (Virginia Commonwealth University)


Animation Official Selections

Papa Sun directed by Noah Gallagher; UNITED STATES (Rhode Island School of Design)

Incognito directed by Julia Lantos; HUNGARY (Budapest Metropolitan University)

The Quest For Freedom and the Longing for Belonging directed by Noam Paul; ISRAEL (Bezazel Academy of Art and Design)

Walls directed by Saskia Hanssen; UNITED KINGDOM (University for the Creative Arts, Farnham)

Swings and Roundabouts directed by Sam Slater; UNITED KINGDOM (Leeds Beckett University)

Casual Friday directed by Jacob Tummino; UNITED STATES (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)


Experimental Official Selections

A Dinner with My Man directed by Anita Luz Berman, Matteo Giunchi, and Claudio Pauri; ITALY (Holden School)


Tom Woodruff Jr. Grand Jury Prize Official Selection

Doug in the Wild directed by M. Mitchell Wheary UNITED STATES (Lycoming College)


The film and video arts department at Lycoming College balances digital film production and postproduction with film theory as students study and create films that represent humanity, culture, and society. More information is available at support academics at Lycoming College, please visit to make a gift to the Lycoming Fund.

More information on the OnScreen Film and Video Festival is available at

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