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The Johnstown Film Festival, which is in its tenth anniversary year, is produced by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. It will be held September 10-12, 2015.

Call for Entries
The call for entries for the 2015 Johnstown Film Festival is EXTENDED to July 14, 2015!. The film festival dates are Sept. 10-12, 2015.

E-mail festival organizers if you have questions or feedback.

JAHA thanks festival sponsors The Tax Lady, LLC; Richland Cinemas; and The Tribune-Democrat! 



Each film you submit should be accompanied by a separate application. Click here for a downloadable application in PDF format. The application also includes the entry guidelines and technical submission requirements listed below. 


Entry guidelines
  • The competitive section of the Johnstown Film Festival is open to short films under 30 minutes.

  • Work submitted must be an original work of the individual(s) submitting.

  • There is a $10 submission fee for each film you submit. This fee is non-refundable. You may pay by personal check or money order; please make the check out to the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, and include payment with your film(s).

  • There is a special submission category for filmmakers age 18 and younger.

  • All entries must be submitted on VHS or digital format for prescreening selection; see below for technical submission requirements. Do NOT send film reels or original materials. Submission tapes will not be returned unless requested with an enclosed self-addressed, stamped envelope with the proper amount of postage.

  • The festival is not responsible if the film or video is damaged during shipping.

  • A number of works will be selected to be shown as part of the shorts program of the festival; the number and location of screenings is at the festival's discretion.

  • Of those selected for inclusion in the festival, cash awards will be given for first, second and third place. Judging will be done by a festival jury.

  • If available, please submit a JPG still from your film to mtisinger@jaha.org for possible use on this website, the festival program and other marketing and public relations purposes.

  • If you have a website, please provide us with the URL; if your film is accepted, we will link to your site.

  • The Johnstown Film Festival will publish on this website a list of the films to be screened at the festival on or around August 10, 2015. Award-winning film directors will be notified directly.

  • The festival reserves the right to use submitted materials for promotional items for the festival.

  • The act of submitting a work constitutes acceptance of the guidelines of the festival.

Technical submission requirements

A film project is as much a technical process as it is a creative endeavor. Clear picture and legible sound are critical in presenting your message to the viewer. Please read the following technical standards as they apply to the film(s) you wish to submit to the festival.  


  • The title of the work and name of the entrant must be on the mailing containers, mailing labels, and tape or DVD containers.

  • Your film should be submitted on DVD with a running time of no longer than 30 minutes. Please make sure your DVD is region 1 compatible and will play in a stand-alone table-top player, not just in a computer.

  • Please include each submission on a separate DVD. If multiple films are submitted on a single DVD, only the first film will be considered for submission.

  • Please ensure that your DVD is clearly, properly identified and labeled to avoid confusion. Do not apply paper labels or stickers directly to DVD submissions.

  • Because the films are assembled en masse for presentation at the Festival, please include at least 5 seconds of black at the head and tail of each submission.

  • Please submit only completed films. Missing visual or sound elements will be taken into consideration during the submission process. Do not assume that the Festival will be able to "fix" your sound or image quality.

  • Only works not previously submitted to or screened by the festival prior to this year will be accepted.

  • As producer/director of your film, you are responsible for all copyrighted material appearing in your film. Unlicensed usage of protected images or music can be subject to fines and legal prosecution.

  • Entries must be postmarked by May 29, 2015, with no exceptions.

  • Your film must not have been shown to a ticketed commercial audience prior to being submitted. Other film festivals, private screenings, or free showings for cast & crew are acceptable.

  • Please address all questions or concerns for Festival to the following email address: info@jaha.org.