Student Film Festival

2018 Student Film Festival - October 28th at 2:00 pm at the Emmaus Theater. 

Once again the 14th Annual Student Film Festival was a success. This year we had over 25 films submitted. The finalist were shown in the Emmaus theater. Here are the winning teams: 

Title: Social Media Bandits
Team Leader: Carter Henninger
All Team Members: Ryan Merlo, Brian Merk, Jackson Merk, Danny Merk, Taylor Henninger, Carter Henninger


HIGH SCHOOL 3RD PLACE - Quakertown High School
Title: Abandon House
Team Leader:Summer Thompson


2nd PLACE - Henry Hudson
Title: Corn Field/Fowl Play
Team Leader: Jack Sanders
All Team Members: Jack Sanders, Liam Hagan


1st PLACE- Liberty High School
Team Leader: Kayla Bowman


BEST ACTING, EDITING AND Creativity - Title: Lost and Found  - Northwestern Lehigh High School  - Team Leader: Emma Fogal All Team Members: Emma Fogal, Harrison Bernhard, Bailey DeJesus, Katerina Almedia, Isaiah Braskie


BEST USE OF BLOOD AND CAMERA WORK - Title: Game Night – Emmaus High School - Team Leader: Sarah Snyder
All Team Members: Sarah Snyder, Cherilyn Danner, Katie Weikel, DJBrooks, Cornelius Achiem, Jacoub Loux


BEST USE OF MATERIAL AND PIZZA – Title: RIP Rest in Pepperoni - Emmaus High School - Team Leader: Zack Zegalia
All Team Members: Cameron Carter, Andrew Cho


2018 Student Film Festival - October 28th at 2:00 pm at the Emmaus Theater. 

Come and see the fantastic work created by students in high school and middle school from the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The awards ceremony begins following the premiere. The cost is $4.00 

Now that your film is complete, please follow the instructions below! 

  1. Download this document !Film Festival Sign-up Form Please follow the instructions in the Word document. We have modified the process a bit.
  2. Please upload your film to your own YouTube Channel, then send us the link at  If you do not have a YouTube Channel you may upload the video to a DropBox or Google Drive. 

Deadline: October 9th at 6:00 pm


Judging: October 19 or 22nd
Viewing: October 28th at 2:00 pm

The 2018 Student Film Festival begins October 4th at 6:00 pm!

Open to all high school and middle school students. The contest requires your team to complete a less than 6 minute film in 120 hours. Those who complete the process and the judging compete for cash and prizes. 

Required Material

Here is how it works: 

  • Students report to the kickoff meeting on October 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Emmaus High School cafeteria, 800 Pine St, Emmaus, PA 18049, please use the side entrance (THIS  IS NOT MANDATORY) (If you cannot attend the kickoff you must notify us by email that you want to participate in the film festival. Please include your name and school.)
  • The cost to participate is $10 per team( non-refundable). (A team may consist of as many members as you like)
  • The October 4th kickoff includes film tips and tricks, and contest rules.
  • Genre - Scary/Suspenseful/Funny/Documentary/Drama. This is open to your interpretation of the theme. Be creative! 
  • RULES! At the kickoff, each team selects 2 themes of which you pick 1, that your film MUST be developed around. For example you choose “Witches” then your film must be based on witches. Those unable to attend the kickoff, will be given a theme and it will be emailed to the team leader. You then receive a copy of the festival outline. If you are unable to attend the kick-off on October 4th ,these rules will be posted that evening on October 4th! We will assign YOU a theme.
  • You then have 120 hours to create, shoot and edit a final film. Final films are due, uploaded to a server by October 9th at 6:00 pm. 
  • Participation is that simple!
  • Can't attend the kickoff meeting? No problem, contact us and we will send you the outline and a theme for you to use in your film. Please make sure you provide us with your name and school! 
  • Uploading - you will have instructions on how to upload your film however NOTE - you must use Chrome or Firefox, Safari had some issues last year. If you have a Dropbox or YouTube account you may use that and share it with us.

Due Dates

  • Films are due October 9, 2018
  • Judging will be the week of Oct. 19th
  • Final films will be shown on October 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Emmaus Theater, followed by an award ceremony. 

Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2017 Annual Student Film Festival.

The 2017 Student Film Festival was once again a resounding success. The festival had a record number of submissions this year from over 12 different schools. The judging was close this year with several films in the hunt for 1st place. The viewing also had a record attendance filling up the Emmaus Theater.

We would like to thank our sponsors Clark Media, PenTeleData, Service Electric, Lehigh Valley Press and donations from Weis Markets, Just Born, and Joe’s Pizza.


1st place – Parkland High School – Film: Wandering
2nd place – Northwestern Lehigh – Film: Family Curse
3rd place – Northwestern Lehigh – Film: Obsession


1st place – Lower Macungie Middle School – Film: Watch Your Step A Gangster Movie
2nd place – Eyer Middle School - Death by Video
3rd place – St. Joes – Mr. Marbles 



Thank you to all of the teams who submitted a film for the Emmaus Arts Commission’s 2017 Student Film Festival! We had an overwhelming response this year with 29 films. Winning films and those with the highest scores will be shown in their entirety. Although ALL of the films have been judged, unfortunately, we had several films which were disqualified from awards because of violence and use of copyrighted material. Those entries among the lower scored films will be included in an overall movie montage during the screening.

High School Finalist 

Listed by team leader. 

  1. Summer Thompson, Quakertown HS
  2. Mary Dalton, Parkland HS
  3. Zack Zagalia, Emmaus High School
  4. Dan Digiacomo, Allentown Central Catholic 
  5. Derik Rahm, Allentown Central Catholic 
  6. Sarah Snyder, Emmaus High School
  7. Angelina Buysse, Emmaus High School 
  8. Jack Kubinec, Salisbury High School
  9. Jackson Bernhard, Northwestern Lehigh HS
  10. David Heiser, Emmaus High School
  11. Branden Bilheimer, Catasauque High School 
  12. Matthew Ninesling, Emmaus High School
  13. Michael Judge, Salisbury High School 
  14. Rachel Scott, Home Schooled 
  15. Emma Fogel, Northwestern Lehigh 
  16. Samantha McNemar, Parkland High School 

MIddle School Finalists

  1. Gwen Simons, Eyer MS
  2. Kaitlyn Macauley, Salisbury MS
  3. Riley Stuckey, Eyer MS
  4. Maeve Yanes/Danny Merk, Lower Macungie MS
  5. Mackenzie Cichocki, Lower Macungie MS
  6. Sarah Smith, Saint Joes 
  7. Joe Williams, Lower Macungie MS



Rules and Regulations  | Registration Sheet  | Required Lines/Rules and Upload Information! 

The 2016 Student Film Festival/Contest Results

Congratulations to all the students who qualified for the finals!


  • First Place:  Team Leader: Graham Burrell, School: Parkland High School; Film Title: Bubbles the Clown
  • Second Place: Team Leader: Harley Bender; Team: Austin Boyko, Anthony Christiano, Hannah Flaven, Katherine Hartzell, Lane Markovics, Sally Wallace, School: Northampton Area High School; Film Title: It started on any given day


  • First Place:  Tessa Fritz; Team: Josh Fritz, Sydnie Howard, School: Lower Macungie Middle School; Film Title: Forgotten
  • Second Place:  Maeve Yanes; Team: Brian Merk, Danny Merk, Jackson Merk, Ryan Merlo, Ciara Esteves; School:  Lower Macungie Middle School; Film Title: Watch your step

Best Of Awards:

  • Best Editing, film direction and acting:  Team Leader: Jackson Bernhard Team: Daniel VanParys, Gavin Boone, Harrison Bernhard, Jason Woolley,Isaac Bredbenner School:  Northwestern Lehigh High School; Film Title:  Heaven's Gate
  • Creativity and Originality:  Kate Manning, Kerry Harper School:  Henry Hudson Regional School; Film Title:  Coexhisting
  • Best Story Telling:  Mary Dalton, Lynsey Reynard, Maggie Gareca School:  Parkland High School; Film Title:  Homecoming/What Are Friends for!

Special Awards:

  • Best improvisation of a product:  Maya Schlesinger - Team: Johanna Dam Matt Ninesling; School:  Emmaus High School; Film Title:  Raman Noodles/Noodle Experiment
  • The Rick Baker Award for best creature creation:  Kenzie Cichocki - Team: Kayla Cichocki; School:  Lower Macungie Middle School; Film Title:  Carnivores plants/Man eating Monster Plant



Rules and Regulations  | Registration Sheet  | Required Lines/Rules and Upload Information! 



Listed below are some websites that offer royalty free music and SFXs for download. Most of the websites ask for a mention in the credits, so the students should review the terms of the license agreement on the websites they use.



Music and SFX






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