Delaware may only encompass 1,982 square miles, but within its borders are a number of talented filmmakers, and the Revival House is planning to showcase their skills at the Small Wonder Short Film Festival on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Milton Theatre.

Submission are now being accepted for local and regional filmmakers for the fifth annual festival (formerly called “Don’t Hassle Me, I’m Local,” a title that was too long for the organizers to remember), which is the largest gathering of local shorts in the area, open to all genres, and is free to enter.

As one of Revival House’s most popular events, the festival is a chance for local filmmakers to impress your family and friends, connect with other area filmmakers, enjoy live music and beverages, and generally feel like a big shot.

“As a filmmakers, shorts festivals like this are such as great opportunity for so many reasons,” said Rob Waters of the Revival House. “There’s such great energy with them, and everyone has the opportunity to network and share their stories with one another and the audience.”

All submissions less than 30 minutes will be considered and there is no charge to enter. Additionally, audiences will be able to participate through voting for their favorite films as well as speak with the filmmakers afterward in an on-stage question-and-answer session.

Filmmakers (or representatives) must be present to participate in the audience favorite competition and discussion. For more information on entering a film for consideration, visit the Revival House website at All films must be submitted by Sunday, April 26, by midnight to be considered for the festival.

The event is open to all ages and all skill levels. Tickets for the event are $10 and available at

4 Awards will be given out with a cash prize with each
• First Place - judged by a selected panel $250 cash prize
• Audience favorite - selected by the audience - $100 cash prize
• Second Place - judged by a selected panel $100 cash prize
• Third Place - judged by a selected panel $50 cash prize

All submission will be considered and there is NO CHARGE to enter, so there is nothing to lose! All films must be submitted by Sunday, April 26, by midnight to be considered for the festival.

Entry requirements:
• Film can be no longer than 30 minutes.
• Film must have been made in or near the Delaware region (this includes Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington DC)
• We are only excepting film made between 2018-2019

Overall Rating
  • William Strang-Moya

    It's a cool d*** festival. Venue is the beautiful historic Milton theatre. Intimate setting, great drink selection, and of course a diverse assortment of films from DE and surrounding regions. Will gladly keep submitting.

    June 2019
  • Doug Cannon

    A charming venue with a great unifying vibe for the first state. Good selection of local films!

    June 2019