When is the film festival?
November 9-11, 2017

Do film submissions need to be about Pottstown?
Entries do not need to be about Pottstown; however, we do have a special award for the most well-executed entry that places Pottstown at the center of the story or subject matter and an award for the entry that uses Pottstown as a setting and filming location. Read more about using Pottstown as your palette.

How much does it cost to submit a film?
There is a fee of $30 per entry for all entries received by August 31, 2017. Entries received after August 31, 2017, up to the final September 29, 2017 deadline are assessed a fee of $40. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit multiple entries provided they are entered into different judging categories. Additional entries are just $15 each.

What do the best films win?
Top Prizes
First Place Science Fiction - $250
Second Place Science Fiction - $100
First Place Fiction - $250
Second Place Fiction - $100
First Place Comedy/Satire - $250
Second Place Comedy/Satire - $100
First Place Documentary - $250
Second Place Documentary - $100
First Place Music Video or Spoken Word- $250
Second Place Music Video - $100

Special Awards
Best Picture - $500
Best Entry from a Filmmaker 18 years of Age and Under - $250
Pottstown On Location Award - $250
A Love Letter to Pottstown - $500

How is the festival judged?
A curation committee has established the rules and criteria for the Pottstown In Focus Short Film Festival and has developed diverse judging panels for each category. Each category will be judged on theme and content, technical excellence and narrative elements.

A good entry may be described by the following

  • Communicates a clear concept or theme communicated to the viewer
  • Develops or explores a concept over the course of the film

  • Evidence of planning narrative elements

  • Evidence of planning cinematography

  • Quality sound and staging planned and executed skillfully

What are the special awards?
A Love Letter to Pottstown Award will be presented to the best entry which places Pottstown at the center of subject matter or setting. This entry engages the Greater Pottstown Region in a way that dwells upon its struggles, triumphs, passions, heartbreaks, and beauty. Entries for this award will be submitted to one of the existing 5 genre judging categories and designated for consideration of this special award on the entry form.

The Pottstown On Location Award will be presented to the best entry which films on location in The Borough of Pottstown or the Greater Pottstown Region. The Greater Pottstown regions includes West Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, Lower Pottsgrove, North Coventry, and Douglass Township Montgomery.

I'm a filmmaker but don't know anything about Pottstown, Pennsylvania?
The criteria for including Pottstown is broad. Also, there are local people who have expressed an interest in collaborating. Writers and actors are waiting to link up with filmmakers. The best way to connect with one another is through our Facebook or Twitter account.

How old is the Pottstown In Focus Short Film Festival?
This is the second year for the competition and the festival. Pottstown has a lot of great annual traditions and many of them have been around a long time. We are hopeful that the Pottstown In Focus Short Film Festival will generate new excitement with a larger group of people while actively involving multiple stakeholders in the area.

Where will the festival be held?
The festival will be held at a number of venues all around Pottstown. Each screening will feature food, drink and entertainment. The final night will showcase the festival winners during a special event and awards ceremony.

Is there anything going on this Summer?
Yes. We will be hosting some events this Summer leading up to our November screening events for new material. The best entries of 2016 will be making some screening appearances around town coupled with fantastic food and fun. Stay tuned for more details. Sign up for updates right to your inbox, check back here and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.


I have a business in town, how can I get involved?
There are opportunities to sponsor awards, to volunteer or to show films at your location. We are hopeful that every business will embrace the Pottstown In Focus Short Film Festival by promoting the event and participating in the spirit of the festival! A film festival can be a great event for Pottstown and the more people and businesses that get involved the better it will be!

Questions about Pottstown In Focus Short Film Festival? Email us at or call 610-970-6515.

Thank you to our generous 2017 sponsors!





Pottstown IN FOCUS Short Film Festival
November 9-11, 2017

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