WVIA Partners with NEPA Film Festival and Hosts Guest Speaker

WVIA in partnership with the Waverly Community House proudly presents the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival.

April 12-14, 2024.

Friday night guest speaker is award winning producer Doug Claybourne, producer of The Mask of Zorro and Executive Producer on The Fast and the Furious.

All films presented at the Waverly Community House

115 N. Abington Road, Waverly, PA 18411

Get your tickets to the festival here.

Friday Night Opening Reception

An evening with acclaimed director DOUG CLAYBOURNE. Featuring a screening of Doug’s latest film: “The Rainbow Prince”.

  • Waverly Community House Auditorium
  • Friday April 12th, 2024
  • Cocktail Reception 6 PM-7PM
  • Program 7PM- 8:30PM
  • Doug Claybourne Screening of Rainbow Prince (35 min)
  • Q&A to Follow, moderated by Julie Sidoni, WVIA
  • Cocktails courtesy of Maiolatesi Wine Cellars
  • Light Fare by Caravia and Epicurean

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click HERE or visit nepafilmfestival.com

WVIA to Celebrate Area Filmmakers as 2024 NEPA Film Festival Media Partner

WVIA, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s PBS and NPR station, is proud to announce its return as the official media partner for the 2024 NEPA Film Festival, taking place April 12th-14th at the Waverly Community House. 

WVIA is committed to fostering a thriving film culture in NEPA, and its continued partnership with the festival reflects that dedication. WVIA will ignite imaginations and empower aspiring filmmakers with a series of informative workshops led by its award-winning production team and host a personal and informative Q&A session with the event’s keynote speaker. 

“WVIA is committed to fostering creativity and storytelling in our region,” said WVIA’s Chief Content Officer, Ben Payavis II. “The NEPA Film Festival is a fantastic platform to connect with passionate filmmakers, and our workshops provide valuable insights and practical tools to help them elevate their craft.”

Engaging with the Masters: Opening Reception Q&A Hosted by WVIA’s Julie Sidoni

The festival’s keynote speaker, Doug Claybourne, producer of films such as The Fast and the Furious, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Mighty Ducks 2 will engage in a Q&A session moderated by WVIA’s very own Julie Sidoni. This promises to be an insightful exchange, offering the audience a chance to delve deeper into the speaker’s experiences and gain valuable industry knowledge, and view his latest short film, The Rainbow Prince.

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Filmmakers: The WVIA Student Showcase

Aspiring young directors take center stage with the WVIA Student Showcase. High school and college students from across the region submitted their short films, and the winners will have their work screened on the festival’s big screen in front of a captivated audience, including fellow filmmakers and industry professionals. 

WVIA Educational Workshops: Unleashing Your Inner Filmmaker

WVIA’s engaging workshops cater to both budding and experienced filmmakers. Attendees can learn from some of the best in the industry:

  • “Create Films, Not Content” with Alexander Monelli: Dive into the art of crafting compelling narratives on a shoestring budget.
  • “Storytelling Unleashed: Creating Films with the Camera in Your Pocket” presented by Tim Novotney: Discover the power of smartphone filmmaking and unleash the potential in your pocket.
  • “How Much ‘Bio’ Goes Into a Biopic? / Licensing, Releases, & Fair Use” with Kris Hendrickson & Ben Payavis II: Explore the legalities of bringing true stories to life and navigate the world of licensing and fair use.
  • “Promotional Best Practices: How to Show Them What You Got” with Kara Washington: Learn how to craft a captivating message and effectively promote your films to the right audience.

Event Tickets

Workshop admission is included with a NEPA Film Festival day pass, allowing attendees to gain practical knowledge while enjoying a weekend immersed in cinema. For more information about WVIA’s workshops at the NEPA Film Festival, visit the NEPA Film Festival website here.