The Eleventh Annual Colony Short Film Festival is a showcase for independent films from all over the country and the globe, with a focus on featuring local and regional talent from the Ohio Valley. The Colony Short Film Festival features selections from emerging and established short filmmakers that have ranged from innovative, to off-the-wall and from quirky to provocative.

The 2017 Colony Short Film Festival will be presented at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre—a grand performance hall and movie house that was built at the height of the vaudeville era in 1919. After being closed since 1985, Marietta celebrated the theatre’s grand re-opening in January of 2016.

As a small festival, located in the beautiful town of Marietta, Ohio, we provide many occasions for filmmakers and the audience to engage with one another whether informally in the VIP Lounge or during audience Q&A sessions. Filmmakers are given the opportunity to speak about their film at the screening. We include quality speakers and workshops covering topics of interest to emerging filmmakers.

In the past we have featured Emmy award winning filmmaker Pam Tanner Boll who produced “Born into Brothels,” Danny Boyd, Director of “Strange Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers” and “Chillers,” Documentary Filmmaker, Jacob Young, renown for the cult classic “Dancing Outlaw”, Brad Kalinoski, digital artist for “Black Swan”, and from locals Josh Crook and Will Wedig for their films, “Salvage, “LaSoga” and “Forged”.

Each accepted filmmaker will receive two passes allowing entry to all films, workshops, and the Filmmaker VIP Lounge. Student and Local submissions will receive individual comments and feedback from the Colony Short Film Festival judges.