"Off The Reel" Film Fest is a film festival powered by The Ripple Effect. We are dedicated to exhibiting short films, music videos, and mini documentaries produced by Independent filmmakers along the east coast of the United States.

The Ripple Effect is a platform that brings light to independent creatives nationwide. Traveling up and down the east coast—The Ripple Effect has made its presence in South Florida, Pennsylvania, and parts of California since being established in 2017. Each event is a fresh approach in our dedication to create a community that invites creatives to recognize that they are not just a PART of the movement, but they ARE the movement.

After successfully curating dozens of music festivals, industry mixers, live performances, and corporate partnerships throughout the east coast—we have finally been able to garner enough support to host a night dedicated to the creatives behind the camera—the filmmakers. After an overwhelming amount of requests we’ve decided to bring it home right here to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Our goal in curating this festival is to cater to those who are often left in the shadows of the social media world. Video content, now more than ever—is the driving force behind every marketing strategy. We want to shine a light on those who curate, strategize, and document the content (not just those in front of the lens). We feel that now is the time more than ever to make this happen—while the community is brewing in recognizing its up and coming artistic influences and cultural impact.

This Film Festival is for the filmmakers, by the filmmakers.

Audience Voting for Each Film Category (6)
‣ Short Film
‣ Animation
‣ Student Film
‣ Documentary
‣ Experimental
‣ Music Video

Each Winner (6) will awarded a certificate and a prize package sent via the address provided on their submission form. Winners will also receive respective social media assets (with laurel).

2022 OTR Submission Guidelines:
*Carefully read the guidelines before submitting your film*


1 – Films are limited to 15 minutes or less.

2 – Multiple submissions are allowed. However, each submission must be accompanied by the USD entry fee, determined by Festival Organizers.

3 – Films must be completed on or after JANUARY 1, 2020. A rough cut may be considered, provided that if selected, a final cut of the film is made available a week before scheduled programming.

4 – Foreign language films must be subtitled and/or captioned in English.

5 – A completed entry form must accompany films. All forms, fees, and films must be received by the submission deadline. Only completed entries will be processed.

6 – Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content within the entry.

7 – Entrant permits usage of video clips and production stills (photos) from the film submission for promotional use online, on television and radio, in print, and at events.


1 – All Submissions will be through FilmFreeway.


1 – All entrants will be notified by email or FilmFreeway when their film has been received.

2 – For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply three high-resolution stills from the film and at least one high-resolution photograph of the film’s director. Publicity and press materials will not be returned and become the property of the film festival. Off The Reel Film Festival has permission to use excerpts from any accepted film for promotional purposes.

3 – If accepted, entrants will be notified by email on or before May 27, 2022. Within 24-48 hours of notification, entrants will need to provide relevant film information and a downloadable .mov or mp4 via Dropbox, Google Drive, FilmFreeway, or Vimeo to screen.

4 – If a film is not accepted, the festival does not offer technical or critical feedback.


1 – The submission Fee for students is $5 (USD) per entry.

2 – The submission Fee for the early bird deadline is $5 (USD) per entry.

3 – The submission Fee for the regular deadline is $10 (USD) per entry.

4 – The submission Fee for the extended deadline is $15 (USD) per entry.

5 – All funds go to festival and production expenses.


1 – Any physical submissions of materials will not be returned.


1 – Off The Reel Film Festival reserves the right and has the discretion to change the submission category for an entry.

2 – The Festival strives to recognize independent creatives and their achievements within this field. There will be no jury based selection process for this event, however there will be an audience favorite selected film at the end of the screenings.


1– Screening Date: June 2nd, 2022

2 – Film Programming Start & Run Times: TBD and subject to change.

3 – Location: Penn Cinema (In-person).

4 – Price: $20 (admission)

5 – Parking: Theatre parking lot.


1 – If you're interested in sponsoring, feel free to send us an email. All sponsors will be verbally thanked prior to screenings and placed in the festival program, as well as on festival posters, postcards, websites, video promos, and social media platforms.


Overall Rating
  • Rebekah Louisa Smith

    This is an AWESOME festival - run by a lovely team who really care about their filmmakers - I will certainly be submitting more of my clients films to this festival and am excited for their future as they will keep on growing

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words Rebekah! We are so happy the amount of care and effort put into running this festival for the filmmakers really came through!!! We want this point to be highlighted every year, your words carry us a long way :)

  • Janthony Roman

    What a great festival! Communication was great from the start. They have an extremely savvy social media team that will make this festival grow. For a first-year festival, they came very correct with how they operate. Cant wait till next time I get to present with them!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Wow, thank you so much Janthony! It's so nice to receive such warm feedback regarding our socials and crew :) This is something we want to continue improving and highlighting as we push forward. Thank you for supporting us this year and submitting your film—we can't wait to reunite with you on the next festival run! Keep up the great work!!!