Instituted in 2014, the Kehillah of Chester County's Summer Shorts Film Festival is proud to be celebrating its seventh year in 2020. Originally held in a meeting room at The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville that accommodated 35 audience members, the festival has grown considerably and now occupies a 174-seat state-of-the-art screening room in The Colonial's new expansion - Bank on The Arts wing. As an eight-session screening and discussion series, we feature a fantastic collection of outstanding vintage, contemporary, international, and award-winning Jewish short films of all genres. Our festival celebrates the richness, complexity, and diversity of all types of Jewish experiences through short films and media. Summer Shorts is intended to engage, to educate, and to inspire the community, as we explore the full spectrum of Jewish life, values, and culture.

Patrons are asked for a suggested donation of $10 to attend the program. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

The Kehillah of Chester County, is a Jewish community collaboration, in partnership with and partially funded by a "Neighbor Initiatives Grant" from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Films submitted for consideration to the Kehillah of Chester County's Summer Shorts Film Festival may be narrative, documentary, contemporary media, and/or animated film with content that has an essence of Jewishness as represented by theme, history or culture. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

Entrants may submit more than one film. Each entry requires a separate entry form and fee. The following info must accompany all submissions:

Filmmaker's name, address, phone, e-mail, and website link (if applicable)
Film synopsis (50 word maximum)
Country of origin, release year, running time, language(s) spoken in film
Type of film (narrative, documentary or animation)
Publicity materials: press reviews, awards and nominations, screening and broadcast history, and other relevant materials
Filmmaker’s biography (100 word maximum)
Personal statement (100 word maximum)