2021 Media Film Festival Kicks off April 9–18

March 24, 2021 (MEDIA, PA) — For those of you who cannot get enough thrills and chills, the 2021 Media Fright Fest promises a variety of carefully curated horror films as part of the Media Film Festival, April 9–18. This is the 14th year for the MFF, a program of the Media Arts Council.

Karen Chiarini, Fright Fest Co-Chair, is among those who enjoys the horror genre and the growing audience. “Some people love the sheer escapism horror films offer,” says Chiarini. “Some research even shows horror films may be a way to work through anxiety and grief. Whatever your motivation may be, we can guarantee that it will be fun.”

As arts events have been compelled to think outside the box during this time of distancing, the 2021 Media Fright Fest will be completely virtual and feature 27 short horror films with over 4 hours of content. Co-Chair, Lisa Pietras says “Our volunteers have risen to the challenge of providing a platform for these incredible, independent films.” The films being shown are from all over the United States and from other countries. Program Director, Tamme McClelland, “Loves the fact that the Media Fright Fest has selections from Australia, Belarus, Canada, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.”

Dave Schievert, Chair, says “Short horror films represent the cutting edge of the genre and are often the work of up and coming filmmakers.” Among the local filmmakers represented are Zach Rineer, of Horsham, Co-Director of The Wrong Door and Kayla Bowman, Director of Friday Night, from Bethlehem and a freshman film major at Temple University.

“This virtual festival gives everyone in the states and other countries the chance to enjoy our secret gem!” says Chiarini. “I enjoy talking with people who are surprised when I say how well-scripted and compelling these films are and they may only be five minutes or less.”

Sponsors of the Media Film Festival include the Borough of Media, Michael R. Rhile Carpentry, PNC Arts Alive, Naturescapes, the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and West End Flats. For Media Fright Fest tickets and more information visit

Films from the Archives


September 1944. Two Canadian soldiers find a boy washed up on the Dutch beach. Where did he come from and can he be trusted? drama (8:56, Netherlands) director: Niels Bourgonje

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Baby Grief

A couple are facing the loss of a baby and are forced to reconcile with each other as they find different ways of coping with their grief. drama (3:52, USA)

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Four storylines set in the hours before a black hole swallows earth, play out with varying congruence. drama (18:08, USA) director: Holly Pilcavage producer: Samuel J. O’Connell, Holly Pilcavage, Alex

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