Held once a quarter, Independent Film Nights at the Newtown Theatre feature a series of independent short films at the oldest operating movie house in the United States. Our next event will feature DOCUMENTARIES ONLY on Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 PM.

Our next Independent Film Night will be held on Sunday, July 14, at 7:30 PM. All films will be documentaries only.

Independent Film Night is open to everyone, from students to seasoned professionals. Our first priority is the quality of the films we show.

We look for a creative, compelling narrative and high production value. Special consideration is given to filmmakers in the Philadelphia region, but filmmakers can live anywhere in the United States.

Maximum running time is 20 minutes and the minimum running time is 5 minutes. Films must be in English or include easily-readable English subtitles.

Profanity and adult themes are acceptable if used purposefully; graphic violence, sexual assault or torture will not be considered.

We look forward to seeing your best work! Please submit only one film per Independent Film Night. Filmmakers who submit more than one will not be considered.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, don't hesitate to ask! We're open to considering a film that may fall outside one of these parameters if you contact us to discuss. You can get in touch with us at manager@thenewtowntheatre.com.

Overall Rating
  • Jon Rehr

    Having our film play in this historical theater was quite an honor. The kind crew running the event let us say a few words before our film played which was much appreciated. Great mix of films and genres selected, and one of the biggest crowds of any film festival we've been a part of.

    November 2018
  • Karl Erikson

    Beautiful old theater with great quality projection and audio. Our film looked and sounded awesome. Friendly host and staff.
    Unfortunately, there was no Q&A , and I think if there was this event would have been perfect.
    Other than the lack of a Q&A, I believe Independent film nights like these can be much more rewarding than most film festivals.
    I would definitely recommend my fellow filmmakers to submit and attend the Independent Film Night at the Newtown Theater.

    June 2017
  • Annalyn Bautista

    It was a great small location in a cute little town. It wasn't too far to have family and friends drive to attend. I loved that we were asked to speak before the film was showed.

    January 2017
  • Amy Vasquez

    A great night and well run event.

    December 2016
  • Andy Louis

    Best Festival I've gone to so far. They have a great team, beautiful space, and great turn out. They've given me such a great opportunity and I can't thank them enough!

    September 2016