Media Film Festival Is Back With Drive-in & Digital Screenings

14th Annual Fest Includes 90+ Films from 20 Countries April 9-18

March 1, 2021 (MEDIA, PA) – The Media Arts Council has announced the return of the Media Film Festival April 9th to 18th. After being forced to postpone last year’s edition in the early days of the pandemic, the upcoming 14th installment will be a combination of both 2020 and 2021 selections shown at drive-in events and on a virtual platform.

“We see this as an opportunity to come back strong and engage the community during this time of continued physical distancing,” says David Scheivert of Media, Chair of the committee of volunteers that organizes the MFF, “With two years worth of films we are offering two ways to enjoy them; a pair of drive-ins plus virtual access. It means a lot to us that our audience is willing to hang in there with these new ways of experiencing the Fest.”

The 10-day event welcomes the work of storytellers worldwide, showcasing more than 90 official selections from 20 countries including Belarus, Iran, Belgium, Hong Kong, Turkey, France and the Netherlands. In addition many local filmmakers will have their work in the lineup. “Sankofa,” created by undergraduates at Villanova University, explores the complexities of mental slavery, the loss of identity and its impact on black males, “The Tides That Bind,” is about one man’s search for the stories behind his collection of messages in bottles that washed up along the Jersey Shore and elsewhere. And “Royal Flush” is a comedy shot in Glen Mills.

Starting off each block of programming will be short films made by local teens that are part of The Media Youth Film Initiative. “MyFi,” is a joint project of the Media Arts Council and the Media Youth Center, offering area high school students the chance to receive hands-on experience with producing, writing, directing and acting in their own films under the guidance of professional instructors.

The drive-in screenings will take place on back-to-back Saturday nights, April 10th and 17th, on the grounds of Arasapha Farms, 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, PA. Gates open at 7:00 pm with the program starting at 8:00 pm. There will be no intermission. Tickets are $25 a car and must be purchased in advance at www.mediafilmfestival.org.

Virtual screenings include 14 blocks of films plus an Opening Night Watch Party, the Fright Fest and the Presentation of Awards. “The Media Fright Fest will include two blocks of international horror, each with about 100 minutes of content,” according to Fright Fest Co-Chair Karen Chiarini, “You can enjoy classic slasher films, zombie and vampire themes, psychological horror, even animation and do it on your schedule and in the comfort of home.” Virtual passes start at $15 and the All Virtual Pass is $30. For tickets visit www.mediafilmfestival.org.

Presenting sponsors of the MFF include the Borough of Media, Michael R. Rhile Carpentry, PNC Arts Alive, Naturescapes and the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and West End Flats. The Media Film Festival is a program of the Media Arts Council. With an art gallery located at the West End of State Street, MAC is a not-for-profit 501-c3 organization that provides leadership and programming for art in Media. To find out more visit www.mediaartscouncil.org.

Films from the Archives

Icons

Five hundred years of world art in five minutes. animation (5:10, USA) art/music: Ronnie Cramer

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Ways to Look at the Moon

Sensing their relationship is drifting apart, an artist attempts to reconnect with an astronomer but gets lost in a universe of her own making. sci-fi drama (17:09, USA) director/writer: Katherine

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The Goatman of Kananaskis

A group of campers share scary stories about the legendary Goatman of Kananaskis. horror (8:20, Canada) director/producer/writer: Tristin Deveau co-producer: Maria Colonescu

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