MEDIA— The 2019 Media Film Festival will once again take the stage at the historic Media Theater from April 4 – 6 for a showcase of short films. Continuing a tradition of elevating exceptional storytelling, this year’s 52 film lineup includes the work of emerging talent from as far away as Croatia, New Zealand and Iran alongside that of homegrown filmmakers from Media, Havertown and Philadelphia. The program includes dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation and student films as well as a Friday Late Night Horror Fest.

Now a dozen years old, the Media Film Festival continues to evolve as a regional cultural happening, mirroring the growth and vibrancy of the place it calls home.

“The Arts, in all their variety, are a big part of Media's success story. The success of the Media Film Festival is a great example of that," said Media Borough Council President Brian Hall, Chairman of Media Borough Council it is also a celebration of community. "Borough Council congratulates the Media Arts Council on a 12th year of this signature event.”

Local films of note include “The Mayor of Graterford”, a look at how one man transcended decades on Pennsylvania’s death row; “Little Fig”, a portrait of a Syrian refugee trying to survive in Los Angeles; “Why We Fight”, a Delaware County woman’s passionate expression of concern with the Mariner East Pipeline; “Redcoats”, shot at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in Newtown Square, the story of British soldiers pillaging a family’s home during the Revolutionary War; and “Going Forward,” a documentary following an openly LGBT, African American candidate in the final days of his run for the State House in North Philly.

The next generation of great moviemakers will also be screening their work at the 2019 Media Film Festival as the Media Youth Film Initiative (MyFi) premieres four original shorts. Since 2012 MyFi has been giving Delco teens the opportunity to learn filmmaking by making films. These young storytellers have taken on some thought-provoking topics including gun violence in school with “Closeted”, the experience of Muslim Americans post 9-11 with “Acceptance” and a young man’s battle with mental illness with “Internally You.”

Film enthusiasts will be able to take in a selection of handcrafted independent films. “Everyone loves a good blockbuster, but the MFF also believes that there’s a place for smaller, lesser known films," said Dave Scheivert, Festival Chair.

"The independent short films that comprise our festival offer a unique, more intimate film experience that can be as exciting and moving as anything Hollywood has to offer” 

Over $1,000 in cash prizes will be presented Saturday night after the regular evening program. The Aruffo-Rim jury awards will be followed by the grand prize, the coveted Golden Trolley. Audience award winners will be posted on the fest website.

Evening showings start each night at 7 p.m., the Late Night Horror Fest is on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and an extended Saturday matinee starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a daily pass, the All Fest pass at $30 and $10 for the Viva Video Late Night Horror Fest. Films are screened at the Media Theatre of the Performing Arts, 104 E. State Street, Media, PA. To purchase tickets online and for more information visit www.mediafilmfestival.org

Presenting sponsors of the MFF include the Borough of Media, Michael R. Rhile Construction, Naturescapes and the Aruffo-Rim Agency. The Media Arts Council produces the Media Film Festival. With a Gallery located at the bustling end of State Street, MAC is a not-for-profit 501-C3 organization that provides leadership, advocacy and programming for art in Media. To stay informed and check out the programming, please visit: www.mediaartscouncil.org

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