The Film Now Festival was founded in 2015 with a mission to guide young people to the art of filmmaking. Taking inspiration from the Media Arts program at Germantown Academy, Film Now offers high school students from all over the world the chance to submit original short films to be juried by a panel of industry experts. With more than 150 submissions considered in its first two years, Film Now has succeeded in growing a diverse and talented community of filmmakers.
See the winning films
Located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Germantown Academy (GA) is a non-sectarian, coeducational college preparatory school educating students from Prekindergarten to Grade 12. Founded in 1759, GA has more than 250 years of history, tradition, and outstanding academics.
GA Media Arts
Germantown Academy’s Upper School (Grades 9–12) is home to a vibrant and active media arts community that has produced a number of award-winning films and served as a springboard for many alumni who have gone on to rewarding and successful careers in the film and television industry.
As part of the Upper School curriculum, GA Digital Media students are first given a strong foundation in the concepts and principles of good design, editing, sound and video production, with an emphasis in learning the techniques utilized by innovative filmmakers and digital media producers, before further experimenting and mastering their craft in Digital Media 2, 3 and 4.
In addition, students are encouraged to participate in regional and national film festivals. Learn more about GA's Digital Media Curriculum.
GA student films have received accolades at regional and state-level competitions and have been screened at national and international film competitions, including The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, New York City Independent Film Festival and International Student Film Festival Hollywood. See the Full List of Award-Winning GA Films.
Notable Germantown Academy Alumni in Film & Television
Pat Stack '70 is an actor, producer and writer known for First Blood (1982), F/X (1986) and Crimewave (1985). READ MORE
Tim Stack '73 is an actor, writer and producer known for Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), My Name Is Earl (2005) and Cast Away (2000). READ MORE
Robin Bissell '86 is a producer, writer, director and actor best known for Pleasantville (1998), The Hunger Games (2012) and Seabiscuit (2003). READ MORE
Anthony Pitone '87 is a visual effects artist and editor who is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). READ MORE
Chris Bremble '88 is the CEO of China-based effects house Base Media Group that has worked on Chinese smash Monster Hunt and Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. READ MORE
Josh Apter '89 is the creator of Padcaster and the owner and founder of the Manhattan Edit Workshop. He is also an editor, director and writer. READ MORE
Chip Signore '91 is an assistant director, producer and production manager who has worked on a variety of film and tv projects, including The Walking Dead (TV Series, 2013-14), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001). READ MORE
Stuart Miller '90 is an Emmy-winning producer and writer of The Daily Show, as well as TV movie documentaries Ferrell Takes the Field and Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail. READ MORE
Bradley Cooper '93 is an actor, producer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award. READ MORE
Brian Klugman '93 is an actor, screenwriter and director. In 2012, he debuted as a co-director on the film The Words, which he co-wrote. He has also played Dr. Oliver Wells on Bones (TV Series). READ MORE
Jon Bulette '94 is a producer and director, known for The History of Future Folk (2012), Bigger (2012) and Abandoned (2012). READ MORE
Elisabeth Harris '96 has produced documentaries which have aired on The Discovery Channel, NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS. As a director, her independent films My Mother’s Garden and The Hermit Of Manana have won numerous awards. READ MORE
Jeremy Kipp Walker is a producer, known for Half Nelson (2006), It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) and Europa Report (2013). READ MORE
Andrew Greenblatt '98 serves as the Executive Director and CEO at The Philadelphia Film Society.
Andy Signore is the creator, writer and director of numerous widely popular digital series, including Honest Trailers, Man at Arms, The ScreenJunkies Show, Prank it FWD, Super-Fan Builds and many more. READ MORE
Eve M. Cohen is an award-winning cinematographer whose work ranges from independent feature films to reality television and documentaries, and even virtual reality. Eve has filmed projects for VICE, CNN, MTV, Sundance, Lifetime, and History. READ MORE
Ben Haaz '99 is currently the Director of Audience Development for MTV Networks.
Nolan Reese '00 is a Video EFX editor and assistant editor in Hollywood, California who has worked on Guardians of the Galaxy, Valkyrie, Iron Man 2, Superman 2 and Avatar.
Jacqueline Younce '01 works in the original programming department for the Disney Channel
Andrew Barrer '02 is a writer and producer. Barrer is currently working on the screenplay for Ant-Man And The Wasp. READ MORE
Jenna Horn '03 is a producer for 6abc Action News (WPVI-TV) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Josh Fried is a stunt artist based in Los Angeles who has performed stunt work for major movies, television shows, music videos and web series, including Ted 2 (2015) and Rush Hour (2016).
Andrew Ferguson '03 is currently the Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Research at 20th Century Fox. He is also a producer, writer, director, actor and editor.
Montana Marks '07 is an actress and producer best known for her lead role in Coach of the Year (2015). She can also be seen in the upcoming television series Four Kings (2016). READ MORE
Tim McAleer ’09 is an editor at Florentine Films, Ken Burns’ Production Company.