Tree City Film Festival

The 5th Annual Tree City Film Festival will take place at Olander Park’s Nederhouser Community Hall. on March 25th and 26th, 2017. Please note that The Shorties will be held on a different weekend than the rest of the film festival – stay tuned for updates. Continue reading below to learn more about the Tree City Film Festival’s different events.

  • Sat, Mar 25th – The TCFF Happy Hour | 05:30 P.M.
  • Sat, Mar 25th – The TCFF’s 50-Hour Challenge Screening & Awards | 07:00 P.M.
  • Sun, Mar 26th – The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films | 05:30 P.M.
  • TBD – The Shorties | TBD


The Oscar Nominated Shorts

For the Fifth year in a row, the Tree City Film Festival is proud to include screenings of the Oscar nominated shorts films – both animated and live action. Stay tuned for updates about the films as they are nominated in 2017.

50-Hour Challenge

The TCFF’s 50-hour Challenge is an exciting and intense weekend that invites teams of filmmakers to write, shoot, edit, and publish their own short films in just 50 hours. At the beginning of the event, each team receives a series of elements that must be incorporated into their film – things like a particular genre, prop, line of dialogue, character name, and shooting location. After the allotted 50 hours are over and the films are accepted, they are juried by a guest panel of judges that are currently working in the film industry today. The winning films will be premiered at Olander Park’s Nederhouser Community Hall. followed by an awards ceremony.

Shorties: A Shorter Short Film Challenge

The Shorties invites any student, grades kindergarten through 12th, to create and submit a 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 an selected entries are shown on the “big screen” during the festival weekend and students will get to walk the red carpet as they attend the premiere. Stay tuned for more details about how to sign up and when to see the 2017 Shorties.

Shorties U

To support the Shorties filmmakers, Shorties U is back again this year! Students in 5th through 8th grade are invited to sign-up for this 4 day workshop. Led by area experts, this experience takes students through the steps of how to create their own short films – including how to develop an idea, writing a script, shooting on a budget, and the fundamentals of editing. Classes will take place on February 25th, March 4th, 11th, and 18th. Likewise, this year, the first three Saturdays will be held at the Northview High School Performing Arts Center while the fourth Saturday will be held Olander Park’s Nederhouser Community Hall.

Contact Info

Jennifer Archer, Executive Director, SCAC – – (419) 517-0118
Joshua Lightle, Chair of the Tree City Film Festival – (419) 450-5999