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
Andrew Greenblatt '98 serves as the Executive Director and CEO at The Philadelphia Film Society.
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.
Stephanie Tsoflias '01 an anchor/reporter and founder of Reel Reporting.
Jacqueline Younce '01 works in the original programming department for the Disney Channel
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.
Tim McAleer ’09 is an editor at Florentine Films, Ken Burns’ Production Company.