Centre Film Festival 2020

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2020 Centre Film Festival AWARDS

Congratulations to our 2020 Award Winners! Our inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Tony Buba by Kevin Hagopian. Special thanks to our Jury for selecting our Award Winners. Check out local artist Matt Serio’s original award plaques and the list of our winners HERE.

How To Fest… Virtually

Here’s how to fest virtually… This year, we are making sure you can stay safe, but still get to enjoy the latest in cinematic storytelling. We suggest you get a pass for the whole festival (we priced it to make sense and cents… it’s only $30 for more than 50 films!), though individual film tickets will be available too. Watch the films anytime from November 12 – November 16, 2020. The schedule is a suggestion, however, PLEASE NOTE: the Q&A’s with filmmakers are LIVE and will follow the Director’s Q&A schedule. Enjoy browsing the site, watching the teasers for all the films, and feel free to ask any questions on our CONTACT button. See you at the movies!

Check out our SIGNATURE DRINKS compliments of Sc’Eric and Ellen

Guest bartenders at the beautiful new Pine Grove Hall, Sc’Eric and Ellen Braun, mix two signature drinks for the Centre Film Festival. Ellen mixes a Monk’s Hat in honor of Thelonious Monk and to accompany Jazz On A Summer’s Day. Sc’Eric mixes a Panacea to help us get through the Pandemic Shorts… L’chaim!

This year, in partnership with TheatricalAtHome, we are offering you the opportunity to choose a Centre County local arts organization to support, in part, with the purchase of your ticket, during these trying times. Just use the dropdown menu when you purchase a festival pass and choose a venue to support. Feel free to purchase more than one pass so you can support as many of the venues as you would like!

Sam Davey, a film student at Penn State University, original art is featured this year for the official poster! As a special edition, and because we are going virtual, he created not just one poster, but a triptych: The Rowland Theatre Seat at Your Front Door, The State Theatre Seat on Your Zoom Screen, and The 3 Dots Downtown Folding Chair at Your Couch.

Made In Pennsylvania 

PENNSYLVANIA” icon and sign up for the Q&A’s after the screening to talk to the filmmakers about their connection to our region. Films include OPENING NIGHT with Sujata Day’s Definition Please set in Greensburg, PA and CLOSING NIGHT with Niav Conty’s Small Time set in Bradford County, PA.

Another way to say safe… and stay chic. Penn State filmmakers — Sam Davey’s original art and Morgan Seiff’s stylings — set you up with many options… masks, shirts, and even a onesie for the little ones who, this year, can join you at the festival. Order as soon as possible to leave time for shipping, and share your selfies in your Centre Film Fest Merch on our social media… Hope to see you there soon!

Check out our special screening of the newly re-released Bert Stern’s 1959 classic, Jazz On A Summer’s Day, while brunching with us… online. We wish we could join you in person, but the closest we could get to doing that is to ask Chef Stacie Chandler, a Philipsburg resident, to conjure up a special Jazz Brunch menu and share her recipes. Watch the video and start planning. See you at brunch… er, the movies!

Meet our Sponsors:

With deep gratitude we would like to recognize the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at the Pennsylvania State University, and The Norman Eberly Professor of Professional Practice, for all of the support and the encouragement. We are grateful to have each of you, supporters, audience, sponsors, viewers, in our community. We hope to see everyone online this year… and back in the theaters in 2021! Stay safe.

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All programs presented at this year’s virtual Centre Film Festival taking place from Friday, November 13, 2020 until Sunday, November 15, 2020 are available to be purchased through TheatricalAtHome. The screening schedule is posted on this website, centrefilm.org. Titles and times are subject to change without notice.


The views and opinions expressed in the films in the Festival are those of the filmmakers and/or their producer(s), cast, and crew. They do not reflect the views and opinions of The Centre Film Festival, its sponsors, volunteers, nor the members of its team or board.  


Festival screenings do not require MPAA ratings. Some films may include strong images, violence and/or language, and may not be suitable for all audiences. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Such language, images, and situations are noted in the schedule with each film’s listing, where applicable, following the film’s description.