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We are immensely grateful for the support from the community that allows us to bring back the Centre Film Festival to our historic theatres this fall from October 30 – November 5, 2023. 

It is clear that central Pennsylvania appreciates bringing independent film to our region. In the process of planning and hosting our first four years of the festival, it has been inspiring getting to know the people, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations who are committed to central Pennsylvania, our heritage, our community, and the arts. The coming year provides even more opportunities to fulfill our mission of being a partner in the county with a full week of educational programming and film festival experiences. 

We are celebrating our fifth anniversary in 2023

Thank you for your support.


Supporting community arts, like The Centre Film Festival, is not only a rewarding experience for individuals but also crucial for the growth and enrichment of society as a whole. Here’s why it’s good to support community arts:

Cultural Enrichment:

Community arts provide a platform for diverse stories and perspectives, fostering cultural enrichment by bringing people together to experience and appreciate different art forms.

Stimulating Dialogue:

Film festivals like ours stimulate meaningful dialogues. They offer a space for discussions that might otherwise be overlooked in mainstream media.

Nurturing Creativity:

By supporting the festival’s workshops and masterclasses, you’re directly contributing to the nurturing of creative talents in young students. These opportunities can inspire the next generation of locally grown filmmakers and artists.

Preserving History:

Historic venues like the Rowland Theatre hold cultural significance and contribute to preserving the history of the community. Your support helps maintain these landmarks and ensures they remain accessible.

Economic Impact:

Community arts events attract visitors, which in turn benefits local businesses. Your support has a positive economic impact on the community by boosting tourism and revenue.

Accessible Entertainment:

Virtual screenings make the festival accessible to a wider audience, including those who might not be able to attend in person. This inclusivity enhances the reach and impact of the festival.

Local Talent Promotion:

By showcasing local talent and stories, the festival helps put central Pennsylvania on the map as a hub for creative expression. This recognition can attract more opportunities and investment to the region.

Inspiration and Escape:

Art offers a means of inspiration and escape from the challenges of everyday life. Film festivals provide a space to immerse oneself in captivating narratives, encouraging a broader perspective.

Community Bonding:

Engaging with community arts creates a sense of belonging and shared experience. It strengthens community bonds and encourages a supportive and collaborative environment.

Continued Resilience:

The resilience shown by the festival, sponsors, and supporters during difficult times demonstrates the power of coming together for a shared cause. By supporting the festival, you contribute to its continued success and ability to overcome challenges.