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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
 
To promote western Pennsylvania digital filmmaking and filmmakers.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The first annual Venango Digital Film Festival took place in November of 2007 and attracted 12 films of excellent quality which showcased the region and the region's filmmakers.

The 2008 Venango Digital Film Festival was held in three beautiful restored historic theaters: the Crawford Center in Emlenton, PA (Friday, September 12), the Latonia Theater in Oil City, PA (Saturday, September 13), and the Barrow-Civic Theater in Franklin, PA (Sunday, September 14). People's Choice awards were selected each evening, and the top three films received cash prizes:

FIRST PLACE:  THE EMLENTON MILL BY THE PAUL NEWBURY FAMILY
SECOND PLACE:  IRON FURNACES OF VENANGO COUNTY BY MATTHEW HOVIS
THIRD PLACE:  ALONG THE ALLEGHENY BY JIM JEFFRIES
HONORABLE MENTION:  THE BEETLE SHOP BY  MATTHEW HOVIS


In addition, we sponsored a 10-15 minute screenplay competition with the theme of Oil Boom Days in Venango County, in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Oil. The two winning screenplays will be produced and screened over the two year period of the Oil 150 Celebration.*

MICHAEL MOON FOR THE LOVE OF A SON
AMY DITTMAN FOR A WARNING TO YOUNG LADIES

This is a change from the previously announced Run and Gun-style filming over the festival weekend.  Due to the withdrawal of committed technical support two weeks before the Film Festival, production of the winning screenplays will take place at a later date.  Inclusion in the Great Lakes Film Festival for 2008 will therefore not be possible because of the timing.  We apologize to all scriptwriters who submitted their screenplays with that expectation and congratulate winning scriptwriters Michael Moon and Amy Dittman.