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The award winning films from the 2014 Tree City Film Festival were: First Place- “Maddie” , Second Place (tie) “Making Our Mark” and “Stalled”, Audience Choice “Stalled” and The Spirit of Sylvania Award went to “Collective Soul”. All of the films can be seen at:

Our Mission

The Tree City Film Festival supports local, regional and national filmmakers in the pursuit of their art, and seeks to develop a committed, cultivated film audience in our community through education, entertainment and participation.

Our Festival

The Second Annual Tree City Film Festival took place April 24th – April 27th, and included viewings and related events. The submissions to the “shorties” shorter short film challenge and entries for the 50 hour short shoot challenge premiered during the festival weekend. This year we included the addition of a showcase of the Oscar Nominated Shorts. Please stay tuned to our site for scheduling updates for 2015.

Our Challenges

The “shorties” shorter short film challenge invites any student, grades kindergarten through 12th, to create and submit a 3 – 5 minute short film using the digital devices they currently use.  Students are encouraged to work with friends and family to create art in the form of film- whether it be a script that they produce or a video of a performance, we are simply challenging them to create!  Approved entries are shown on the “big screen” during the festival weekend and students will get to walk the red carpet as they attend the premier.

In an effort to support the “shorties” artists this year, we added a “shorties-U” to the advance line-up. Students in 4th-8th grade were invited to sign-up for this 4 week workshop, which was held on Saturday mornings (beginning February 22) from 9 am – noon, in the Performing Arts Center of Northview High School. These workshops took students through the steps of how to create their own short film- starting with how to come up with a script idea, all the way to editing and credits. The workshops were led by area experts. Registration was $50 a student, and included all materials and a t-shirt.

The 50 hour film project is a fun and crazy weekend that allows a team to make a short movie; that is to write, shoot, score, and edit their film and to submit it in a timely fashion to qualify for judging. Each team receives “particulars” that must be incorporated into their film to meet eligibility for judging. Once the films are accepted, they will be viewed by a panel of distinct judges. The 50 hour filming weekend was held March 21st-March 23rd. The showing of submitted short films will took place on Saturday, April 26th, at the train barn in Sylvania’s Historic Village.

How to Participate

Stay tuned for information regarding the 2015 Tree City Film Festival.

2014 Shorties Registration Form

2014 Media Release Shorties

How to see the movies… Coming soon, in 2015


Please call (419)517-0118 with any questions, or email

We look forward to seeing you at the Tree City Film Festival!

Contact Info

Jennifer Archer, Executive Director, SCAC (419)517-0118
Josh Lightle, Chair of Tree City Film Festival
Nate Schank, Co-Chair of Tree City Film Festival
Committee Members: Laura Jakes, Rosie Lightle, Amy Buckey, Jeremy Baumhower, Dani Fuller and Jamie Squibb