Centre Film Festival will return to the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg, PA and The State Theatre in State College, PA, from October 31, 2022 to November 6, 2022.

As part of our film festival, we will also be hosting our second University and High School Shorts Competition. Students can submit their short films here for consideration.

Awards and Prizes for Shorts and Features include:
Best Feature Documentary
Best Fiction Feature
Gratitude Awards for Features and Shorts
Best Short Documentary
Best Fiction Short
Best Acting
Best Director, Short Film
Best Director, Feature Film
Best Student Short
Best High School Student Short

We will present Youth Jury awards for High School films:


$250 toward the production of your next film

Please submit all films through FilmFreeway.

All films must be submitted as either an online screener or Vimeo link for consideration. If links are password-protected, passwords must be valid through November 1, 2022 or the submission will be considered INVALID and will be DISQUALIFIED with no refund.

After submitting, please check your FilmFreeway account to make sure that your submission meets our requirements and has been accepted for consideration. It is your responsibility to make sure all requirements are met and necessary information is given.

Films selected for the third annual Centre Film Festival will be announced no later than Monday, September 12, 2022.

Productions made after January 1, 2021 may be submitted, with exceptions made by the artistic director upon consideration.

Feature Films:
All films above 45 minutes are considered feature films.

Short Films:
All films under 45 minutes are considered short films.

Student Short Films:
All films made as a university undergraduate or graduate student as of August 2020 will be considered.

High School Shorts:
All films made by a currently enrolled high school student will be considered.

Entries previously screened in Centre county or aired on television in Pennsylvania or are publicly available on the web (ie Youtube, Vimeo) prior to the Festival will not be considered. Exceptions may be made by the artistic director upon consideration.

Do not submit works in progress. Do not submit industrial or instructional works.

All feature films submitted must be available for exhibition in one of the following formats: DCP (preferably unencrypted) or as an approved ProRes digital file, BLU-RAY or DVD.

All short films submitted must be available for exhibition as an approved ProRes digital file. Short films will be transferred temporarily onto our secure and private hard drive system for presentation in one or more of our compiled short programs. BLU-RAY AND DVD WILL NOT BE SCREENED FOR EXHIBITION.

Filmmakers are responsible for the shipment of the exhibition copy to Centre Film Festival by the requested deadline. Centre Film Festival will cover outbound shipping only.

Centre Film Festival reserves the right to use images from the films selected for marketing purposes (web, print media, and television).

Overall Rating
  • Hsuan-Wei Wu

    I want to represent my entire crew, cast, and family members to give our biggest thanks to all the Centre Film Festival Juries and team. Thank you for having my film and giving me this wonderful opportunity to present my work at Centre Film Festival and I’m glad that you like the film.

    Although I wasn't able to attend the festival in person, the festival was able to hold a live Q&A panel with us student/international filmmakers.

    As an alumni, a student filmmaker, who’s fairly new in this game, this is a memorable and meaningful stepping stone in my career, and hopefully, in the near future, I will have the opportunity to present more of my work here.

    Thank you Centre Film Festival!

    December 2021
  • Lili Bordan

    Submit and go! The films are selected with such care and consideration, and those who attend are treated incredibly well. I met some amazing filmmakers whose films had screened at the best festivals around the world. The Rowland Theater is epic!

    November 2021
  • This was a fantastic festival and I'm definitely going to visit again. Multiple locations with energetic and enthusiastic filmmakers from a place I've lived my entire life. Had so much fun and even got to meet actor Patrick Fabian. Fantastic projects as well! Highly recommended.

    November 2021
  • Rose Steller Burke

    Thank you to the planning and jury at Centre Film Festival. It was an incredible honor to bring our film, Home From School: The Children of Carlisle, to your engaged audiences. I thought the virtual and in person opportunities were high value. Great organization and communication.

    November 2021
  • Very nice festival - thank you for having our short LO2SS. The Q&A was mell done and I liked the way the festival was presented.

    November 2021