ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

We are thrilled to announce the dates for the Second Annual Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) happening April 12th through the 15th, 2018 at the beautiful Mauch Chunk Opera House in historic Jim Thorpe, PA.

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Molly Maguires' Warning 1875

Gun Battle between Molly Maguires and Coal Company Guards. September 2, 1875

Gun Battle between Molly Maguires and Coal Company Guards. September 2, 1875

MISSION
The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival channels the rebellious spirit of the Molly Maguires, welcoming the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention and incite spirited debate.  Our credo is “eyes and minds wide open” and we mean it.

In our first year, we screened 86 fantastic films from around the globe including 17 world premieres and many more US and Pennsylvania premieres.  These films covered every genre and subject, from gritty underground and experimental works to polished traditional narratives.  Once again, we welcome films of all genres and budget and we especially encourage filmmakers who strive to break boundaries with no fear of controversy.  This ain't your Daddy's film festival.

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Sold out Opening Night screening of "The Pine Barrens" with Soundtrack performed live by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra.

Sold out Opening Night screening of "The Pine Barrens" with Soundtrack performed live by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra.

On Friday and Saturday nights, we will continue our immensely popular late night GRINDHOUSE program. So send us your nastiest, bloodiest and most disturbing films that not only push the envelope, but rip it to shreds.   *Note that we will be offering a SPECIAL DISCOUNT for films that fit this category. 

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THE FOUNDERS
Originally from Brooklyn, Todd Morris and Jocelyn O'Neil moved to Jim Thorpe in 2014 after the birth of their son.  Jocelyn is an actress, writer and producer who’s films have screened in festivals throughout the country. Todd is an award winning Commercial Producer who’s been working in the business for over two decades. He’s also written and directed two indie features, several shorts and screened his work in dozens of film festivals around the globe.

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