West Chester Film Festival 2023

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West Chester Film Festival 2023

WEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL Join us for the SEVENTEENTH International Short Film Festival in the heart of one of the BEST SMALL TOWNS in PA!

By West Chester Film Festival

When and where

Date and time

April 28 · 5:30pm - April 30 · 10pm EDT


West Chester 226 North High Street West Chester, PA 19382

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About this event

  • 2 days 4 hours
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Join us for the SEVENTEENTH Annual International Short Film Festival in the heart of one of the BEST SMALL TOWNS in America!  See the best short film from around the globe, meet the filmmakers, learn about filmmaking at our workshops or just enjoy the time between film blocks dining or imbibing at one of the dozens of fine eating and drinking establishments all just a stone's throw away! STAY FOR THE WEEKEND and experience all that the Festival and West Chester have to offer!

For lodging and dining options throughout the weekend, visit downtownwestchester.com

TICKETS TO ALL EVENTS available through the tickets tab on the right!!!

Want to be EVERYWHERE??  Select the ALL FESTIVAL PASS ($140) for entrance to all film blocks, parties, workshops and networking events!

Want to see ALL the Film Blocks?  Select the ALL FILM BLOCK ($75) for entrance to film blocks all weekend long!

West Chester Film Festival Screenings, April 28-30

Film Blocks and Pop Up Film Blocks will be screened from Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30 at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center and other venues around town.  All film blocks are approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes long and screen between 7 and 9 different short films of all genres. (Adult: $13, Student/Senior w/ ID: $10)

For our SEVENTEENTH annual Festival Weekend, we will also be offering special POP UP FILM COLLECTIONS around town throughout the weekend: 


Pop Up Horror Collection: Friday, April 28, 9:00 PM Venue TBD, $7

Pop Up Pride Collection: Saturday, April 29, 3:00 PM Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 East Gay Street (2nd Floor)Grab a seat and a beverage and snack and enjoy the show! $7

Pop Up Coffee & Cartoons Collection: Sunday, April 30, 10:30 AM Split Rail, 15 North Walnut Street (2nd Floor), Enjoy animated films with Coffee, Brunch or Lunch! $7


Opening Night Party: Friday, April 28, 5:30-8 PM Church Street Market House, 120 North Church Street (1st Floor)Ticket incudes food, bar, and a preview of the weekend films! $35

Main Festival Film Screenings:

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (Knauer)226 North High Street, West Chester, PA 19380

BE SURE TO CONFIRM TICKET SELECTION WITH TIME AND VENUE!!!(See website for full list of films and film descriptions.)

Film Screening times and locations: Saturday, 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM at Uptown! Knauer (A. Roy Smith Bravo Main Stage Theatre); Sunday, 1:15 PM, 3:30 PM at Uptown! Knauer (A. Roy Smith Bravo Main Stage Theatre)

Workshops Sunday, April 30, DETAILS COMING SOON!(Free, but reserve your place!)

Meet & Greet Saturday, April 29, 4:45 - 5:45 PM, Chester County History Center! (Free, but reserve your place!)

Closing Night Awards Party Sunday, April 30, 6:00 -10 PM Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 North High Street $45

OPEN to the PUBLIC Please join us for THE best deal in Chester County! A fun wrap-up to the Film Festival weekend. “The Chester,” the West Chester Film Festival beloved Award, is a one of a kind blown glass sculpture designed by Brett Walker and hand-crafted by artisans at the Reading Goggleworks glass-blowing studio. The Chester will be awarded to the Best Animation, Art/Experimental, Drama, Documentary, Comedy, Student, PA Filmmaker and to the H. Paul Fitzpatrick’s People’s Choice film. The Best Woman Filmmaker receives a $500 award presented by the Regional Center for Women in the Arts. Beverages and light nosh will be provided. Following the Awards Presentation, you’ll get to see some of the award-winning films one last time! Tickets may be purchased online or at the door on Sunday night.

About the organizer

Join us in the historic Borough of West Chester the last weekend of April for the annual West Chester Film Festival!  See screenings of short films, up to 30 minutes in length of all genre all weekend long, submitted by independent filmmakers from around the world. Submissions are juried by a panel of industry professionals and winners chosen according to content, innovation and technical execution.

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