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WVIA to present first ever Student Showcase at the 2023 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival

PITTSTON, Pa. – WVIA will present the winners of the first WVIA Education Student Showcase at the 2023 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival. The 2023 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival (NEPAFF) hosted by the Waverly Community House in partnership with WVIA will take place at the Waverly Community House the weekend of April 14th-16th.

About the WVIA Education Student Showcase

WVIA Education is proud to announce the first Student Showcase. This film competition allows students from 40 area school districts to submit their short film for the grand prize of having their piece screened at the 2023 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival.

Entries are FREE to any student in a school district enrolled in WVIA’s Enhanced Scholar Program.

  • Short film under five minutes
  • Can be fiction, documentary, animated, experimental
  • Can be any genre

Submission Deadlines:

Submissions Open: Monday, January 23, 2023

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 10th, 2023

Official Selections Announced: Friday, March 17th, 2023

Winners Screening Date: Sunday, April 16th


One winner will be selected out of the following three grade-based categories:

4th-6th Grade Students

7th-9th Grade Students

10th-12th Grade Students

Judging Criteria:

Videos will be judged on the following criteria:


The uniqueness and originality of the premise or story


The effective use of imagination as evidenced in the entry

Technical Proficiency

The quality of the cinematography, audio, and editing

Length: Videos must not be longer than five minutes. Videos longer than the regulated time will be automatically disqualified.

Content: Any video with offensive content or showcasing illegal activity will be automatically disqualified. The piece must have original music or music you have permission from the artist to use. The piece must be an original video (video you shot yourself) or have permission to use. Any piece using illegally placed footage or music will be disqualified.

How To Enter:

To enter your film into the WVIA Student Showcase you must upload your video to either YouTube or Vimeo. Once uploaded you must email the link to teresasabecky@wvia.org with the subject line WVIA STUDENT SHOWCASE SUBMISSION and the following information:

  • Title of the Video
  • Name(s) of submitting filmmaker
  • Primary contact name, phone number, and email address
  • Grade level of primary contact
  • The name of the school and district you attend

More information on the WVIA Education Student Showcase can be found at wvia.org/studentshowcase

Details and free reservations are available at nepafilmfestival.com

About the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival:

Established in 2016 by the Waverly Community House, The Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival is supported by the F. Lammot Belin Arts Foundation and its mission to “build community through the arts.” 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. For more information or to purchase tickets for events scheduled April 14 through 16, 2023, visit nepafilmfestival.com. Also, follow Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

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