About the Festival

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229


The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent, experimental and documentary films from around the world.

Founded in 2017, the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) is dedicated to the work of film makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other “independent” film festivals, our goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven events such as Sundance, but Instead to focus on the artistic, aesthetic and fun side of independent film making. JTIFF promotes works that dissent radically in form, content and technique from both the tired conventions of Hollywood and the increasingly stagnant IndieWood mainstream.

This year’s festival, taking place at the beautiful Mauch Chunk Opera House in downtown Jim Thorpe, will offer a complementary mix of independent features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films augmented by nightly parties and concerts. Our programming is innovative and unique, ranging from the lowbrow entertainment of over-the-top midnight movies and cult films to fine art films/videos of the current avant-garde.

Most film festivals cater to an older, elitist crowd. Our festival will welcome a younger, hipper audience of film-lovers and filmmakers. We hope to become one of the major film events on the East Coast, a destination of choice for cutting-edge filmmakers and to establish the festival as an important date in the cultural scene.

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