Film Now: A Regional High School Film Festival

A Regional High School Film Festival

Sponsored by The Ambler Theater in Ambler, Pennsylvania

The Festival

The Film Now Festival was founded in 2015 with a mission to guide young people to the art of filmmaking. Film Now offers local high school students from all over the region the chance to submit original short films to be juried by a panel of industry experts. With more than 200 submissions considered in its first three years, FilmNow has succeeded in growing a diverse and talented community of filmmakers.

See the winning films

See photos and news coverage

Our Sponsor


The Ambler Theater is a nonprofit, community-based movie theater that specializes in showcasing independent, art, and foreign films, as well as groundbreaking films with a local connection.

Expanding their local film programming, to include a spring short film festival (First Take Shorts Series) along with Montgomery County Community College’s, Five Day Film Festival screening. The Ambler is constantly seeking out area filmmakers to share their work with our engaged, film-loving audience.

Beginning in 2019, the Film Now Festival, will be exclusively run by The Ambler Theater as it continues to expand their ever growing local film program.

“It’s been our privilege to host the Film Now awards screening and reception at our theater since its inception. With Germantown Academy entrusting the entire festival onto us, we’re hoping to continue the great growth and success that GA built with Film Now these past three years.”

- The Ambler Theater

Our History

Founded in 2015, Film Now originally took inspiration from the Media Arts program at Germantown Academy (GA) located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. In its over 250 year history, Germantown Academy has educated students from Prekindergarten to Grade 12.

GA’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.

Because of the strong foundation provided at Germantown Academy in the concepts and principles of good design, editing, sound and video production. Film Now became a platform for GA students to participate in an international high school film festival with peers from all over the world. Learn more about GA's Digital Media Curriculum