The Forwardian Film Festival seeks to promote and encourage the creative endeavors of filmmakers by showcasing their work in an annual festival environment. The Festival includes a film themed art exhibition, short (up to 15 minutes in duration) and feature length (90 to 120 minutes in duration) films. 

The 2019 Forwardian Film Festival

What: The 2019 Forwardian Film Festival will present original films that varies in length to film lovers who wish to see them. There will also be an art exhibition of work titled, “The Art That Dreams Are Made of III”

Admission: Free

When: Anytime between September 21 st and October 12th.

Where: To be determined.

Publicity: Radio, television, and print media interviews, articles, news reports, etc. Social Media.

For Films:

Guidelines: Films may be of any length, style, or topic. Films that are considered Pornographic or promoting hate will not be considered.

Submission Dates: January 3 rd to June 1st.

Notification date: July 20 th.

From: Film makers who originates from the local area and from around the world.

Submission Fee: $10.00

Selection of Films: To be done by a number of volunteers to view films on line as they are received to determine what films will be shown at the festival.

Judges: A panel of Judges will select films shown during the festival that will receive awards.

Audience: Members of the Audience will select films shown during the festival that will receive awards.

Categories: Best Short Film. Best Feature Length Film. Best Film of the Festival.

Awards: A Certificate of Recognition, subsequent screenings during The Forwardian Film Bestival Tour, Cash Prize (amount to be determined).

For Art and Photography:

Guidelines: Images relating to the art of film are encouraged but not mandatory. The physical requirements will be determined by the Gallery’s Curator.

From: Local Artists and Photographers

Drop Off Dates: To be determined.

Hang em High and Low (Hanging) Date: To be determined.

Artists’ Reception: To be determined.

Pick Up Date: To be determined.

Submission Fee: $5.00

Judges: A panel of Judges will select images that will receive awards prior to the Artists’ Reception.

Categories: 1 st Place, 2nd Place, and Best of Show.

Awards: A Certificate of Recognition and a Cash Prize (amount to be determined).

Note: Works can be donated to The Art Silent (but Deadly) Auction and The Grand Forwardian Cinematic Raffle. No submission fee.

Submission forms for Artists, Photographer, and Film Makers will be distributed to interested parties.


The 1st Forwardian Film Festival

The first festival was held on Friday April 15th, 2011 at a coffeehouse in Stroudsburg, PA called, “The Cheeky Monkey.”

The 2nd Forwardian Film Festival

The SOHO in the BURG Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA and The Forwardian Arts Society presented The 2nd Forwardian Film Festival on May 2nd and 3rd.

The 3rd Forwardian Film Festival

The 2016 Forwardian Film Festival was held at The Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA on May 14th and 15th.