Now Accepting Film Submissions


Filmmakers are encouraged to submit all types of film genres to the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival, slated to run March 22 through 24 at venues throughout Lackawanna County including the Waverly Community House, The Ritz Theater and the University of Scranton’s PNC Theater. Deadline for regular film submissions is Oct. 15 and can be made here. Categories for submission include narrative shorts, narrative features, documentary shorts, documentary features, female directors/screenwriters, children’s animation, children’s short and student films. All submissions will be screened prior to public viewing for artistic and technical merit.



Area Filmmakers Invited to Take The Mystery Box Challenge

Established filmmakers and wannabe filmmakers alike are invited to sign up for The Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival’s Mystery Box Challenge. The launch party will be held Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Tomato Bar and Bistro, Pittston.

Participating teams will receive a cardboard box filled with objects that must be incorporated into a short film. Each Mystery Box will contain an assortment of plot devices, including character names, a line of dialogue, a prop, a type of location, a plot element or a wardrobe item. In addition, filmmakers will be asked to include a specific shot type or a product placement item from Pennsylvania.

Advance registration for the Sept. 27 Mystery Box kickoff event must be made by Sept. 10 by filling out the online form at Each team will then have until January 31st to complete and submit their films. Entrees for The Mystery Box Film Challenge will be screened during the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival in March, 2019.  

To sign up for the Mystery Box Challenge, click here.