Looking for an opportunity to be challenged and inspired? Want to create something? Then you’ve come to the right place! Take a look at what you can be a part of-

Our Festival

This will be our Second Annual Tree City Film Festival. The 2014 festival will take place April 24th – April 27th, and will include viewings and related events. The finished submissions to the “shorties” shorter short film challenge will be shown on Thursday April 24th,  and the entries for the 50 hour short shoot challenge will be premiering on Saturday April 26th, 2014. This year we are proud to announce the addition of a showcase of the Oscar Nominated Shorts, which is scheduled for Friday April 25th. Please stay tuned to our site for scheduling updates as this is the tentative calendar.

Our Challenges

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 will be held March 21st-March 23rd. The showing of submitted short films will take place on Saturday, April 26th, at the train barn in Sylvania’s Historic Village.

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!  Entries are due by April 16th. Approved entries will be shown on the “big screen” during the festival weekend and students will get to walk the red carpet as they attend the premier.

How to See the Movies

The 2014 Tree City Film Festival runs Thursday April 24th through Saturday April 26th. Tickets for all events can be purchased at the door, though tickets for the Saturday 8:00 show are expected to sell out. The schedule of event dates, times and locations can be found below.

Thursday April 24th, the “shorties” entries will be shown in the Performing Arts Center at Northview HS at 6:00 PM, tickets are $3 a person. The red carpet will open at 5:30, and the shorties will begin screening at 6:00 PM with the K-8 entries. The high school entries will be screened after the K-8 screenings, awards and intermission (approximately at 8:00 PM). The shorties ticket does get you in to the entire evening.
Friday April 25th, all of the 2013 Oscar Nominated short films will be shown at Northview High School. Tickets are $8 a person, and get you into both shows- the animated shorts start at 6:00, the live action shorts start at 8:00.
Saturday April 26th the entries from the TCFF 50 hour film challenge will be shown. The showtimes are at 3:00 and 8:00 pm, and will take place in the train barn at the Sylvania Historical Village. Tickets are $8 a person. The matinée show will offer a student and senior citizen discount ticket for $5.00. The matinée show will also have a movie and dinner package available for $50 which will include 2 tickets to the matinée, and dinner for 2 at Treo from a special Movie Menu. The dinner package must be purchased in advance at Treo in Sylvania.
Advance ticket orders can be placed beginning Wednesday April 16th through the form found on the film page, or by buying them at Treo. All advanced tickets will be held at each screening at the door, and must be purchased by Wednesday April 23rd. If there is an advance “sell-out” of tickets, we will note on this site.
Please call (419)517-0118 with any questions, or email director@sylvaniaarts.org.

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

How to Participate

Want to enter the 50-hour film challenge? Then get some friends or co-workers (they can be friends to) together and sign up by filling out the entry form. Student teams (high school/college/university) entry fee is $25, non-student teams (the rest of us) entry fee is $35.  Forms and payment must be postmarked by March 15th. Checks are made payable to the Sylvania Community Arts Commission (SCAC).

Want to submit a short for the “shorties”, then please have a parent or guardian send us an email of “intent” saying that you will be sending in a signed copy of the application below. Once they send the email, start making magic! The “shorties” contest is free to enter, and open to any student grades K – 12. When your movie is ready, upload it to YouTube as public and send us (director@sylvaniaarts.org) the link, or mail us a copy on disk. The deadline to submit your movie is April 12th, and by then we must also have a signed release form (below) from every person involved in your movie, and a signed and completed entry form.

Contact Info

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