About Silents Roar! Film Festival

Silents Roar! is the 2nd annual silent film competition for middle and high school students of the Southern Tier, happening this Spring 2018. This is an exciting opportunity young filmmakers to write, direct and produce their own short silent film to be seen by the community.

Presented by Wharton Studio Museum (WSM), a local nonprofit committed to preserving and celebrating Ithaca’s role in early American filmmaking, the competition will require entrants to produce and submit a silent film, three minutes in length and in a genre of their choosing.  The films will be screened for the public at Cinemapolis on May 20th, 2017 at 2:00PM and prizes will be awarded by a jury panel at that time.
All entrants will receive a Silents Roar! t-shirt. Winners will receive a gift card, trophy, and have the chance to get their films screened at the Sence Film Festival. There will be a prize for honorable mentions as well.

Conceived of by Ithaca High School Senior Fiona Okumu, a filmmaker with plans to attend film school, Silents Roar! gives local youth a forum in which they can explore their interest in film as an art form or career, and create works that explore themes relevant to them. WSM is proud to be part of this arts and education initiative that is inspired by the Whartons’ creative and entrepreneurial spirit.

No prior filmmaking experience is required!