2020 Festival Schedule

Welcome to The 2020 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival

Friday, March 27th

Opening Night Filmmaker Reception

6pm Waverly Community House Auditorium


  • 6:00PM: Cocktails , Hors d’ouevres
  • 7:00PM: Program Hosted by Paola Giangiacomo with guests Scranton Mayor Paige G. Cognetti
  • Executive Producer Chris Bongirne and Producer/ Director
  • Nick Stagliano , screening a teaser from modern day noir thriller “The Virtuoso” and showing “Marshall” the story of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman
  • Tickets:  $65 in advance/$70 at the door

Saturday, March 28th, Events

At Madam Jenny’s at The Bittenbender
126 Franklin Ave, Scranton, PA


  • 4:00 – 5:00PM: A Conversation with Stephen Karam, Tony Award winning playwright of The Humans
  • 3:00-3:45PM: VIP Reception Meet and Greet the Author
  • Tickets: $50.00, VIP Tickets: $65.00

Saturday Film Schedule

At The Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center
222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA

11:30-12:45 Comedy Feature:
APE CANYON (1:13:14)
By Joshua Land & Victor Fink
Cal Piker and his sister Samantha head out on a Bigfoot-hunting adventure and encounter many obstacles.

1-3:30 Documentary Block:
Post-War Docs:
MADE IN AMERICA (00:57:00)
Directed by Kevin Bryce
Made in America explores and compares the effect of trauma on the veteran community and the Urban Black community.

MARK JURY (00:12:00)
Directed by John Mikulak, Q&A after (10 min)
This documentary follows the journey of Mark Jury, acclaimed Vietnam veteran, photo journalist and filmmaker as he battles PTSD, enters treatment, and discovers a way to move on from his past.

2:30 PM
Directed by Thomas Novotney, Jr.
This documentary features the entertainment, food, rides, boating and camping that was once Hanson’s Amusement Park, located in Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania.

3:45 – 5:30 Drama Feature:
Directed by Jenn Page
The day before a life-changing competition, a young concert pianist is lured away from the security of his practice space under the spell of a free-spirited young woman and learns that life, like his music, is all about taking risks.

5:45 – 7:15 Shorts – 90 minutes
THE GEAR (02:00)
Directed by Omid Seifi
The theme of this animation is about creativity and innovation to drive an industry…

THE BOY HERO (20:19)
Directed by Kyle Thompson
This film raises awareness of childhood cancer through an unlikely friendship that forms over an art project.

THE CATCH (05:50)
Directed by Sam Avery
Sometimes, it really is just a fish story…

Directed by Noel Poyner
A grieving woman discovers an app that offers an unconventional method for alleviating her pain.

ONTARIO (10:02)
Directed by Eliza Good
Parents announce their impending divorce on route to a family beach vacation.

Directed by Stacey Larkins
An emotionally fractured woman examines her past in search of answers for her present entanglement.

…SO IT GOES… (02:05)
Directed by Jim Hall
A dictator with an orange for a face becomes the new symbol of fascism as the color orange morphs into the ultimate hue of hate and destruction.

Directed byJoel Crumbley
The classic struggle of hero vs. villain.

Directed by Lucas Moreira
A boy chases inspiration until he finds the need to have something more: an original idea.

7:30-9:00 Drama Feature:
Directed by Sergi Arnau (Mature Content)
Lone Wolves is a film about corruption, a prison drama with a noir aesthetic.


Sunday Film Schedule

At The Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center
222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA

12:30-2:15 International Feature

OMAR AND US (1:45)
By Mehmet Bahadir er and Maryna er Gorbach
A recently retired Turkish soldier struggles to adjust to civilian life while facing his prejudices.

2:30-3:15 International Shorts

THE QUIET (10:00)
By Radheya Jegatheva
When an astronaut ponders on the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realization.

By Nancy Kamal
This film highlights the suffering of an impoverished middle-class Egyptian child bride.

IRONY (07:53)
By Radheda Jegatheva
A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.

By Natalie MAcMahon
The Funeral Dancer is an acerbic statement about our soulless smartphone culture.

MANUEL (08:23)
By Cortometraje Manuel
Manuel lives far from his family, immersed in a routine from which he can´t escape.

3:30-4:30 Local NEPA Films

THE BACK BREAKERS – (00:06:00)
By Alexander Monelli
A portrait of a small independent wrestling promotion in Archbald, Pennsylvania and the unique people involved.

By Jeff Boam
This R-rated comedy laughably based on real events finds two unemployed mechanics trying to blackmail Charlie Chaplin’s family for the return of his stolen remains.

SING TO ME (00:21:00)
By Luz Cabrales
A short film about the beautiful and intimate experience of two friends that use the power of love and friendship to help cope with loss and grief.

FILMMAKER Meet and Greet after

The Contestant
Team Cinema Vertigogo
Directed by: Ron Williams

The Restaurant
Directed by: Tony Susi

The Moovie
Directed by: Anthony Cutro

The Art Heist
Team Somber Lotus Films
Directed by: Michael Solomon

Night Errors
Team Obsidia Studios
Directed by: Brian David

Mattress Economics
Directed by: Jeff Fowler


Waverly Community House

Film venues CommThe Waverly Community House has served the public for over 100 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

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