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Pelham Picture House Hosts Future Filmmaker's Festival

The Picture House is at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham.
The Picture House is at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Picture House in Pelham will host the Future Filmmaker's Festival on Saturday.

The festival, a partnership between Westchester County, the Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation and The Picture House, is where the "Chester" -- Westchester's answer to the Oscar -- is awarded.

Screenings will start at 11 a.m. and are separated into three programs: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. The Chester awards ceremony starts at 4:15 p.m.

“This event celebrates the hard work and creativity that distinguishes Westchester County as New York’s Intellectual Capital,” County Executive Rob Astorino said in a statement. “I want to thank the Westchester County Future Filmmaker’s Festival, The Picture House and all our teachers and schools for building the foundation and providing support to our future stars in filmmaking.”

The festival draws students from across the county. Festival submission guidelines required that students attend either an accredited Westchester high school or a bona fide county film program and their films cannot exceed 10 minutes. Categories include narrative, documentary, comedy, drama or musical and must be rated PG.

This is the second time the festival is being held at The Picture House. Previously held in 2009, it took a hiatus while the iconic theatre completed its restoration.

“Having the Future Filmmaker’s Festival return to this beautiful new theatre dovetails with our mission to teach film literacy and filmmaking to people of all ages, especially high school students,” said Barbara Bratone, executive director of The Picture House. “The county is poised to make this an annual event, one that will symbolize the creativity of our people. It will become part of the cultural fabric of Westchester.”

Tickets are available on the day of the festival at the Picture House Box Office. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for students and free for children under 5 .

Free parking all day Saturday is available at the Pelham train station, in walking distance to The Picture House.

For more information about the Festival, contact Dale Hisiger at or at 914-220-2482.

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