2nd Annual

Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival

October 20, 2017 to October 22, 2017

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1115 North Abington Road
P.O. Box 142
Waverly PA 18471
Phone: 570 586 8191
Fax: 570 586 0185

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Narrative Short
Under 60 minutes
Narrative Feature
Over 60 minutes
Documentary Feature
Documentary over 60 minutes.
Documentary Short
Documentary under 60
Lackawanna Underground
The category of “Lackawanna Underground” will hopefully encourage students and aspiring filmmakers to look no further than their home for rich history (Underground Railroad, Coal Mining,) compelling stories and stunning images. Films should be short form, under 60.
Lackawanna/Luzerne Spotlight
Filmmakers who were wither born in or currently living in the Lackawanna and Luzerne regions will receive a special discount!
Female Directors/Screenwriters
To be eligible at least three of the following key creative roles must have been filled by women: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer (one woman may serve in more than one role). Films must reflect these credits in their submitted material.


The Waverly Community House is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization charged with the mission of offering cultural, educational and recreational opportunities to individuals and families in the region. Founded by the Belin family on a tradition of responsible citizenship and civic philanthropy, the Waverly Community House has served the community for almost a century and remains robust and relevant. Its commitment to the arts was marked in 1964 by Captain Peter Belin who established an arts scholarship in memory of his father, F. Lammot Belin, patron of the arts and United States diplomat. The Memorial Fund, as it was called, was established to provide financial assistance to worthy candidates with regional roots and to establish the Waverly Community House as a center for arts education and outreach. The Memorial Fund is now turning toward the next 50 years with the goal of expanding its reach to “build community through the arts” and will operate under the umbrella of the F. Lammot Belin Arts Foundation.


The second annual Northeast Pennsylvania Festival is designed to allow emerging and independent filmmakers to show their movies to a live audience allow for critical review and allow the public unique access to new independently produced films.

Briefly stated, the goal of the festival is to offer the region access to new and independently produced films by a wide range of emerging filmmakers and to offer a platform to the filmmakers to show their work in furtherance of the mission to “build community through the arts.” The theme of the festival is “Heritage and Inheritance.” All submissions will be screened prior to public viewing for artistic and technical merit.

The FLB Arts Film Festival will be an event open to the public for viewing multiple films in multiple venues. Members of the public will have the unique opportunity to screen a variety of unique, original films written, produced and directed by independent and emerging filmmakers from around the world as well as this corner of Northeast Pennsylvania. Members of the public will also have unique access to a variety of related workshops and panel discussions that will be in session over the weekend, including workshops in screenwriting and editing.

The Film Festival will be anchored at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Waverly, Pa with screenings at The Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton and the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, Pa.


Alexandra MacNamara (Festival Registrar); Alexandra MacNamara (Festival Registrar); Alexandra MacNamara (Festival Registrar); Maria Wilson; Maria Wilson; Maria Wilson; Marisa Giovagnoli (Producer)


Filmmakers are responsible for submitting DVD or Blu-ray disks that have been pre-tested for imperfections. If a disk freezes or doesn't launch in judges' machines, the Festival reserves the right to reject the submission on such grounds alone. Disks handed to event managers at the venue will not be screened.

The Festival does not offer fee waivers, discounts, invitations to become an Official Selection, or any other form of preferential treatment that Festival directors feel would be out of step with the Festival's mission of providing a level playing field for all filmmakers. Filmmakers seeking a waiver because the required fee is beyond their current budget are advised to wait until the next Early Submissions period, find a sponsor and/or earn the fee through an additional source of income. The Festival's organizers do not respond to pitches for individual projects, and filmmakers writing the Festival with requests or demands for other forms of preferential treatment will typically not receive a response. Submission fees are non-refundable. Advance ticket purchases for all Festival events are subject to the following Event Refund and Cancellation Policy:

The Festival reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel any event due to storm, power outage, flood, war, civil unrest, fire, earthquake or any other circumstance deemed beyond the Festival's control. If an event is cancelled and the Festival is unable to re-schedule it, advance tickets are refunded. If the event can be re-scheduled, the Festival will offer replacement tickets to that event and, if the advance ticket holder is unable to attend at the new date and time, a refund of the face value of the ticket will be given.

Our policy is to suspend all movie screenings during severe storms and power outages until electrical power is stable and restored in order to protect projection and audio equipment from potentially permanent damage. If an event is suspended during a show, the Festival will, at its sole discretion, resume the show after a delay, cancel the event, or re-schedule it. If the show resumes after a delay, no refunds are given. If the event is re-scheduled, replacement tickets will be offered to the audience and, if a ticket holder is unable to attend the replacement event, a refund will be given electronically or by check. If the event is cancelled entirely, each audience member is entitled to a refund. In the event of a cash ticket purchase at the door, the ticket holder must have left his or her name with a Festival organizer at the event as proof of purchase.



By clicking on Agree, below, the undersigned (“Filmmaker”) hereby irrevocably offers to Belin Film Festival (“Festival”) the right to screen the film, TV pilot, music video or webisode submitted herewith (“Film”) at the Festival at times to be determined by the Festival in its sole discretion. Filmmaker understands and agrees that once Festival accepts Filmmaker’s offer by selecting the Film for the Festival, Filmmaker shall have no right to remove the Film from the Festival, but Filmmaker shall not be barred from submitting or screening the Film at any other film festival or event outside a 10 mile radius of Waverly, Pennsylvania. If Festival selects the Film for the Festival, Festival shall have the irrevocable right, but not the obligation, to screen the film at the 2016 Belin Film Festival, in Festival’s sole discretion.

If the Film is revised or re-edited between the date of submission and the date of screening, Festival shall have the right to choose which version of the Film to screen, in Festival’s sole discretion.

Festival reserves the right to revoke selection of the Film for screening if Festival determines, in its sole discretion, it has good cause to do so; one example of good cause as used herein is unprofessional behavior by Filmmaker or Filmmaker’s representative(s). Even if Festival revokes selection of the Film for cause, the terms of this Agreement shall remain binding and in force.

Filmmaker irrevocably grants Festival the right to use, for promotional purposes, an excerpt from the Film if it is selected for screening at the Festival.

The undersigned individual or corporation submitting the Film (referred to as “Filmmaker” herein) hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and to accept the terms of this Submission Agreement as Filmmaker or Filmmaker’s authorized representative; that it understands and accepts the terms of this Submission Agreement; and that all information it has provided on the WithoutABox® submission form is accurate and may be used by Festival for promotional purposes.

Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold BelinFilm Festival harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim in connection with the Film involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and/or loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Film.

If the Film is selected as an official film of the Festival and is not removed from the Festival for cause, Filmmaker shall have the right to promote the Film as an Official Selection of the Belin Film Festival in perpetuity. Any award and nomination granted to Filmmaker may be promoted in perpetuity. Festival will pay Filmmaker no additional compensation nor be liable to Filmmaker under any circumstances.