March 22-24, 2019

Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival To Announce 2019 Lineup

From Producers to Directors to Authors: The “Stars” will Shine in NEPA March 22-24th

The Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival, presented by the Waverly Community House and supported by the F. Lammot Belin Arts Foundation, will announce its official program selections for this year’s festival on Monday, January 28th. This year’s festival, slated for March 22 through 24, will be hosted in a variety of venues throughout downtown Scranton and the Waverly Community House.

Dedicated to nurturing emerging and independent filmmakers from Northeast Pennsylvania and around the world, the three-day festival correspondingly promotes cultural awareness and appreciation of film as an art form by exposing local audiences to unique and original cinema. Now in its third year, the Festival’s growing reputation is built on a commitment to offer the region access to new and independently produced films by a wide range of emerging and established filmmakers.

The 2019 NEPA Film Festival will screen dozens of films from around the corner and around the globe, including features, short films and documentaries, along with an opening night gala, artist tributes, presentations and panel discussions, student screenings, and the ever-popular Mystery Box Challenge.

Stay tuned!

The Pretender

Scranton man living the ‘Rocky’ dream in Philly and on the big screen

Meet Mike Kunda, a real life Rocky. For the past 40 years, the West Scranton native has dedicated his life to the Rocky film franchise and his fictional hero, Rocky Balboa. Mike is much more than a fan. Rocky is his career and his livelihood. Throughout the City of Brotherly Love, Mike serves as a professional Rocky impersonator and owns and operates the wildly popular Yo, Philly! Rocky Film Tour. The Pretender, an award-winning 2018 documentary film, takes you inside Mike’s life, revealing the origins of Mikes fascination with the Rocky character and how it continues to shape his life.

“Mike’s journey,” says Detroit director Jim Toscano, “is an emotional trip through themes of obsession, passion and inspiration. In the end, he shows us that even the most seemingly unrealistic goals can offer the most rewarding and fulfilling life of all. I want people to see this film and truly be inspired to follow their own dreams, no matter how crazy or intimidating those dreams might be,” Toscano says.

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Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival Venues

Waverly Community House

Film venues Comm

The Waverly Community House has served the public for over 90 years, thanks to dedicated volunteers.

1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly

The Ritz Theater

The historic Ritz Theater is located on Wyoming Avenue, in downtown Scranton.

222 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton

University of Scranton’s PNC Auditorium

The PNC Auditorium is located in the Loyola Science Center, on the Downtown Scranton Campus.

Loyola Science Center, Scranton 

Waverly Community House