LISFF is an annual celebration of short cinema organized by a small group of people yearning for visual stimulation. Each year we receive hundreds of submissions from all over the world and present the best as Official Selections. We offer (cash) awards for the Best Actor, Best Comedy, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, Drama, and Horror --Best Home Grown and a Grand Prize.
We are fans of film. We love the stories, we love the people, we love the festival. We collect and share eclectic cinematic experiences of the world in an intimate venue, downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania --a backdrop of charming colonial brick buildings bursting with art, surrounded by miles of farmland and only a short distance from NYC, Philadelphia, and the Baltimore-Washington area.
The 2019 film festival will occur from 10-12 October 2019 in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. The exact specifics will be announced with the Official Selections on/around 5 September 2019. We receive hundreds of submissions from all over the world and choose the best to screen. Prepare to be amazed.
The 2019 Executive Team
Bryan SchaeferCHAIR, SELECTION COMMITTEE
Crescentia VolzCHAIR, HOUSE COMMITTEE
Mike LombardoCURATOR | HORROR
Jeremy WeissCURATOR | MUSIC VIDEO
Jeff McComseyCURATOR | ANIMATION
Michael HooberFESTIVAL DIRECTOR
In 2008, the Rumschpringe Short Film Festival premiered at Penn Cinema in Lititz, PA. Soon after, it became the Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival until 2015 when the name changed to the Lancaster International Short Film Festival.
Since 2009, the film festival has occurred in downtown Lancaster at the Stahr Performing Arts Center (2009, 2010, 2011), Tellus360 (2011), Franklin & Marshall College's The Green Room Theater (2014), The Ware Center | Milllersville University Downtown Campus (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Zoetropolis Film & Art (2014, 2015), The Candy Factory (2017 & 2018) and the Lancaster Elks Lodge #134 (2015. 2016, 2017 & 2018).