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Greater Erie Film Office

The Greater Erie Film Office is a program of the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Visit FILMERIE.COM for complete resources for filmmakers, producers, crew, vendors, services and more.

Greater Erie Film Office

July 1 - October 31, 2018

Greater Erie Film Office

2018 Short Film Competition "Everybody Hurts" by Erik Brown

The Greater Erie Film Office and Greater Erie Arts Rental at PSU Behrend are excited to announce Part 2 of their short Screenplay and Filmmaking competition. Open to all Pennsylvania and surrounding region residents. The 2018 Short Filmmaking “Dark Comedy” Script, Everybody Hurts, by Erik Brown, is now available to filmmakers.

Interested individuals and groups should take note that this competition allows and encourages alterations to the script in order to fit production needs. These alterations can include, shortening the script, adding or removing characters, re-writing parts of the script, or changing locations or props. The idea is to create a competition that filmmakers of every level can enter, and as long as the essence of the story and its “Dark Comedy” theme are still present, we will accept the submission.
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Uniting the Community of New Media Creatives with Economic Development

Film & New Media Dinner Party

The Greater Erie Film Office successfully hosted its first Film & New Media Dinner Party. Over the past four years, we have built relationships with dozens of individuals including filmmakers, film crews, studios, businesses owners, and entrepreneurs. This event was held in their honor at the Ambassador’s Hemingway Room, allowing all of Erie’s new media community to meet, socialize, and celebrate their achievements. Thank you to all who supported this event and all who helped make it possible!
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Kathy’s 60th Black & White Birthday Bash

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Greater Erie Film Office

Kathy’s 60th Black & White Birthday Bash

Our longtime supporter and friend Kathy Dahlkemper spent her 60th birthday helping raise money for the Greater Erie Film Office at an elegant Black & White party at Jr’s Last Laugh Comedy Club. Guests spent the night celebrating and dancing with music from Eric Brewer and Friends. Through the generous donations of the attendees we raised over $2000 which will be used towards our first annual Film & New Media Dinner party.
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Greater Erie Arts Rental

Greater Erie Arts Rental

The Greater Erie Film Office would like to thank GEAR for continuing its sponsorship of our annual Filmmaker Competition. Be sure to visit GEAR for all your filming needs at greatererieartsrental.org. GEAR rents high-end, state of the art film making equipment to local, regional & national filmmakers & production companies. An outreach project of Penn State Behrend, GEAR offers extremely competitive rental rates in the interest of developing the film industry in the area. Committed to training our student filmmakers, we offer further, significant discounts to filmmakers employing, training, or mentoring our students.

Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania

Make your next film in Northwestern Pennsylvania

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Film Office and VisitErie the Film Society of Nortwestern Pennsylvania's Film Office invites you to Northwestern Pennsylvania as the destination for your film, television, and commercial production.

Northwestern Pennsylvania boasts four beautiful seasons, natural beaches, centuries of industrial boom and bust, and a rich maritime history. The “chimney” of Pennsylvania is truly its crowning jewel, and an inspiring setting for your film.
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Association of Film Commissioners International

The Greater Erie Film Office now has membership within the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television, and video production across the globe. The AFCI is a non-profit educational association whose members serve as city, county, state, regional, provincial, or national film commissioners in their respective governmental jurisdictions. With more than 300 AFCI-Member Film Commissions on six continents, you can almost always find an AFCI Member Film Commission to support your production.

Short Screenplay and Film Competition Winners

Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania - Short Screenplay and Film Competition Winners

Erik Brown

"Downtown" Erik Brown is an independent filmmaker heavily involved in the Erie film community for the last few years. He works full time as an Editor for Grant Larson Productions and has completed dozens of other local projects in various roles. His latest success is his masterpiece "The Fifth", an experimental short film filled with suspense and mystery. When approaching the topic of Dark Comedy for the 2018 Short Screenwriting Competition, Erik was ready to get to work, drawing from notable influences David Lynch, Tim & Eric, and Stella. Erik plans to continue filmmaking in the future.

Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania - Short Screenplay and Film Competition Winners

Penn Highlands Community College

The 2017 Short Film Competition was won by students in the Media Production Program's MPR 250 Video Production and the Media Production Club at Penn Highlands Community College.

The 3-credit course is one of two primary video production courses at the college and covers topics such as lighting, design, field production, non-linear editing and directing. This is the third year the class has participated in the contest. Support assistance was given by members of the Media Production Club, which includes MPR and non-MPR students.

The primary students involved included Jennifer Yoder (Media Production Club president and the actress who played Rachel Stewart, second from left), Timothy Borish (director, who is transferring to Robert Morris college in Pittsburgh this fall, third from left.) and Joseph Castania (camera, right) and Katelyn Carnell (audio, second from right.) The main characters were played by Aaron Capouellez and Andrea DiSalvo (Left). Andrea has moved to California to pursue an acting career. Several of the other actors, including the children, were played by community members. Facilitating the class was Rick Bukoski (instructor, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, third from right)

After completing work on the Greater Erie Film Office submission, students created several short films for the Johnstown Film Festival. The community college offers a film-education conference as part of the annual Film Fest, and operates the student-centered portion of the competition.

Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania - Short Screenplay and Film Competition Winners

Stella Ruggiero & Heidi Dugan

The first place script of the 2017 Short Screenplay Competition, with the theme of “Revenge”, was won by a two-person team. Stella Ruggiero & Heidi Dugan’s “Secret in the Pines” follows the grim lives of young orphan girls as they deal with dark oppressive forces, only to have the story come full circle when one of the girls returns to the orphanage as an adult, and uncovers a sinister plot.

Stella Ruggiero (Right) is a writer from Guys Mills, Pa. She earned a journalism degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and spent 14 years in newsrooms. In 2017, she left her managing editor job to work on the produce farm she owns with her husband, and to be with the couple’s young son. When she’s digging in the dirt at Plot Twist Farm, she’s always thinking of new script ideas.

Heidi Dugan (Left) is a banker living in Bloomington, IN, originally from Meadville, PA. She earned an English degree from Cedarville University and spent 4 years teaching English in South Korea before moving to Bloomington. She and her husband, and their ornery cat Max are planning a move to Baltimore later in the year where they're looking forward to new adventures and lots of delicious crab cakes. In her spare time Heidi enjoys reading, writing, perusing the farmers market, and practicing yoga.

Tax Credit

Pennsylvania offers a 25% Tax Credit to films that spend at least 60% of their total budget in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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