Tree City Film Festival

The 4th Annual Tree City Film Festival will take place at the Sylvania Historical Train Barn on April 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2016. Continue reading below to learn more about the Tree City Film Festival’s different events.

  • Fri, Apr 22nd – The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films | 07:00 P.M.
  • Sat, Apr 23rd – The High School Shorties| 01:00 P.M.
  • Sat, Apr 23rd – The TCFF’s Official Selections & Happy Hour | 05:00 P.M.
  • Sat, Apr 23rd – The TCFF’s 50-Hour Challenge | 07:00 P.M.
  • Sun, Apr 24th  – The Shorties: A Shorter Short Film Challenge | 1:00 P.M.
  • Sun, Apr 24th –  The Shorties: A Shorter Short Film Challenge | 4:00 P.M.


TCFF 2016 Official Selections  

This is a new event! Beginning in 2016, the Tree City Film Festival will welcome films from across the country. By including a broad range of short independent films, the Tree City Film Festival hopes to continue it’s mission of celebrating the art of filmmaking.

The Oscar Nominated Shorts

For the fourth 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 2016.

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 are premiered at the Sylvania Historical Train Barn followed by an awards ceremony each year.

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.

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 taking place in the Performing Arts Center at Northview High School. The Shorties U workshop will be held on four Saturdays – February 21st and 28th, and March 7th and 14th. 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.

Contact Info

Jennifer Archer, Executive Director, SCAC – – (419) 517-0118
Joshua Lightle, Chair of the Tree City Film Festival – (419) 450-5999
Committee Members: Laura Jakes, Amy Buckey, and Dani Fuller