Film Now: An International High School Film Festival

An International High School Film Festival

Sponsored by Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

The Festival

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

See photos and news coverage

Germantown Academy

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


Award-Winning Films!

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