*** NEW DATES: APRIL 22-25, 2021 due to COVID-19 Restrictions ***

Dear Filmmakers,

Like all of you, we’ve been struggling with the loathsome COVID-19 pandemic for the past seven months now. And throughout all the lockdowns and cancellations, we’ve tried our best to remain hopeful that by the Fall things may finally start returning to normal. But sadly, we were just informed that our screening venue – the Mauch Chunk Opera House, will remain closed until Spring of 2021. So we now have no choice but to, once again, postpone the 4th JTIFF until next year at our regularly scheduled time, April 22-25, 2021.

This is not a decision we make lightly. We realize that you’ve all been waiting patiently to be notified whether or not your film was selected for this year’s festival. So we thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support.

We look forward to seeing you all at the 4th annual Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival when it resumes next April, 22-25, 2021. In the meantime, stay safe, stay strong and continue making films! Please keep checking our social media pages and go to jimthorpeindiefilmfest.com for the latest updates.


Todd Morris
Founder & Executive Director
Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival

We are thrilled to announce the fourth year of the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) happening November 12th through the 15th, 2020 at the beautiful Mauch Chunk Opera House in historic Jim Thorpe, PA. Our first three years were such a rousing success (see our reviews) that we're expecting to double the turnout and excitement level for our fourth year.

The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival channels the rebellious spirit of the infamous Molly Maguires, welcoming the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention and incite spirited debate. Our credo is “eyes and minds wide open” and we mean it!

We welcome features and shorts of every genre and budget - from gritty underground and experimental films to traditional narratives and documentaries.

Note that on Saturday night, we'll be continuing our wildly popular "GRINDHOUSE” program. So send us your bloodiest, nastiest and most disturbing films that not only push the envelope, but rip it to shreds!

We're also very pleased to continue our STUDENT FILM PROGRAM and as always, we'll be offering deep discounts for young filmmakers with proof of current enrollment.

1 Best Feature
2 Best Short
3 Best Student Film – US
4 Best Student Film – International
5 Best Documentary
6 Best LGBTQ Subject
7 Best Horror / Sci Fi
8 Best Comedy
9 Best Animation
10 Best Experimental
11 Best Grindhouse
12 Best Director – Feature
13 Best Director – Short
14 Best Student Director – US
15 Best Student Director – International
16 Best Screenplay
17 Best Screenplay – Student
18 Best Cinematography
19 Best Cinematography – Student
20 Best Production Design
21 Best Actor – Feature
22 Best Actress – Feature
23 Best Actor – Short
24 Best Actress – Short
25 Local Hero – Pennsylvania Filmmaker Award
26 Lehigh Valley Student Filmmaker Award
27 Special Jury Prize

• All projects must have been completed AFTER January 1, 2018
• All films submitted to JTIFF must NOT be released theatrically in the US, on Blu-ray or VOD, and must NOT be available to watch in its entirety on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other website or streaming service, free or otherwise.
• Entrant warrants that there are NO DISPUTES regarding the ownership of their film/project/screenplay. If there is ANY DISPUTE whatsoever, said film/project/screenplay will be disqualified. 
• Entrant(s) confirm(s) and warrant(s) required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry. 
• Entrant(s) will allow usage of clips from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live Festival events.
• All decisions made by judges, programmers and organizers will be final, and NO REFUND of entry fee will be permitted.
• The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) reserves the right to remove a film from the festival program for any reason or for no reason, and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal. In case the film in question is disqualified, or is unable to screen due to technical, or operational difficulties, or if your film needs to be rescheduled, delayed, or removed from the program for any reason, the filmmaker(s) (cast, crew, or anyone involved with the project in question) are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind. 
By submitting to the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival:
1. You must execute a release agreement wherein you (I) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at JTIFF; (II) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at JTIFF; (III) indemnify and hold harmless JTIFF, Todd Morris, Jocelyn O'Neil, all JTIFF sponsors, including but not limited to the town of Jim Thorpe, PA and any/all city departments, as well as JTIFF's affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, staff, volunteers, and representatives against any claim, including attorney's fees, arising out of exhibition, or non-exhibition of your film at JTIFF, and (IV) you warrant the submission of your original work and warrant that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission in question. 
2. If selected, you must deliver to the email address(es) or dropbox designated by the Festival (I) one high res exhibition copy of the invited work. For features screening via Blu-ray, we recommend you ship via FedEx or UPS in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands.
3. All exhibition copies must be delivered at 1080p mp4 format or higher resolution.
4. JTIFF cannot be held liable or responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement. 
5. JTIFF reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, or for no reason. We enforce this policy to ensure a secure, professional and convenient environment for all of our customers.
By submitting: You agree to indemnify, hold harmless from and defend JTIFF, Todd Morris, Jocelyn O'Neil, JTIFF's affiliates, and subsidiaries, and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against all claims, demand losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film or project submitted to the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF), or rejected/removed/disqualified by the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF). 
SUBMIT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! This not only allows more time for consideration, but you will not run the risk of missing the deadline. 
Selected projects will be screened via high-resolution (1080p minimum) mp4, H.264, prores, or Blu-ray discs in NTSC Region 0 or 1.
Works in progress will NOT be considered.
LANGUAGE: All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles.
FINAL DEADLINE: Entries must be received by July 12th, 2020. Submissions received beyond January 24th, 2021 will NOT be considered.
Submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Blu-Ray Screeners will not be returned.
LOSS OR DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted while in the possession of the Festival. However, we cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.

Overall Rating
  • Charnstar Anderson

    Really wish I could have gone, but the communication with the event organisers was really open and easy. And the photos from the event itself look amazing, and just make me more jealous that I couldn't go. Thanks so much for having my film involved!

    May 2019
  • Unfortunately I didn't get to attend JTIFF but Todd, Jocelyn, and the crew are amazing! They really care about their filmmakers and love films. Even though we weren't there they made us feel a part of the festival. This is my 2nd film there and hoping that the 3rd time will be a charm and I'll be able to attend.

    May 2019
  • Augustus Thornton

    We recently screened at this festival and it was one of the best experiences we had. The organizers are very well organized and put on an impressive and fun festival, professional and entertaining from front to back. We hope to be able to return in the future!

    May 2019
  • Chris Heady

    Arguably one of the most professional film festivals I have ever had the pleasure of attending. To have your film screened at the Historical Mauch Chunk Opera House is to watch it with the best technical specs and sound system that you could possibly hope for.

    The Director's Corner that was put together at Muggle's Mug (a local coffee shop) was incredibly thoughtful with its pastries, teas, and coffees. Made you feel like royalty.

    Great Price, Great People, and to BE in Jim Thorpe is itself a treat. Worth every penny.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Chris! We look forward to seeing your next film!

  • Gabriel Duran

    Amazing group of people running this festival! This is the real deal!

    May 2019