Media Rolls Out the Red Carpet at 12th Annual Film Festival
The 2019 Media Film Festival will once again take the stage at the historic Media Theatre on April 4-6 for a three day showcase of short films. The Aruffo-Rim jury awards will be presented on Saturday night, along with over $1,000 in cash prizes. The ceremony culminates in the presentation of the grand prize, the coveted Golden Trolley.
This year’s 52 film lineup includes the work of emerging talent from as far away as Croatia, New Zealand and Iran, alongside homegrown filmmakers from Media, Havertown and Philadelphia. The program includes dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, and student films, as well as a Friday Late Night Horror Fest.
Local films to be shown include Going Forward a documentary following an openly LGBT, African American candidate in the final days of his run for the State House in North Philly, and Why We Fight, a Delaware County woman’s passionate expression of concern with the Mariner East Pipeline. Young storytellers tackle thought-provoking topics including gun violence in school with Closeted, and a young man’s battle with mental illness with Internally You.
With evening showings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the Late Night Horror Fest on Friday, and an extended Saturday matinee, film enthusiasts will be able to take in a selection of handcrafted independent films. “Everyone loves a good blockbuster, but the MFF also believes that there’s a place for smaller, lesser known films,” said festival chairman Dave Scheivert. “The independent short films that comprise our festival offer a unique, more intimate film experience that can be as exciting and moving as anything Hollywood has to offer.”
Tickets are $15 for a daily pass, $3$ for the All Fest pass and $10 for the Viva Video Late Night Horror Fest. Films are screened at the Media Theatre of the Performing Arts, 109 E. State Street, Media, Pa.
To purchase tickets online and for more information visit mediafilmfestival.org.