Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our website.

Silents Roar! Film Festival was created to encourage young filmmakers — and those with no prior filmmaking experience who have not yet made a film but want to —  to explore the rich film history that took place in Ithaca and the region.

Did you know that 100 years ago, filmmaking brothers Theodore and Leopold Wharton built the bustling Wharton Studio in Stewart Park and produced and directed hundreds of reels of films and serials right here in Ithaca?!

When I learned about this history, I immediately wanted to learn more so I reached out to Mayor Myrick. He suggested that I contact the Wharton Studio Museum, a nonprofit that is preserving and celebrating Ithaca’s silent movie history through film screenings, exhibits, and presentations. Check out this short documentary to learn more — it’s silent!

WSM is partnering with me to create this film extravaganza and I am so excited to get the reel rolling and can’t wait to see all your amazing silent film submissions. The Festival will consist of a competition entry period, followed by a public screening and awards ceremony.

Good luck and make sure to have fun,

Fiona Okumu
Silents Roar! Creator and Coordinator

Check  out the “Submissions” page for Rules & Regulations and to enter as a contestant.

Check out the “Resources” page for info on silent films and filmmaking.

Questions, comments, want to sponsor? Head to the “Contact Us” page.



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