The current pandemic did not prevent the 6th annual Reading Film Fest from being a resounding success the weekend of October 9-11.

Film Fest team Tracy Schott (Creative Director), Cammie Harris (Executive Director), and Chris Woodward (Associate Director and Juror Coordinator) worked tirelessly to ensure that the event would be as enjoyable as possible for attendees, while still adhering to social distancing guidelines and pandemic safety protocols.

Rather than holding the event at the Goggleworks building as in the past, this year’s event was held outdoors at the First Energy Baseball Stadium in Reading. Attendees had the option of watching the films on a big screen at the stadium, or online from the comfort of their own home. In-person viewers arrived wearing masks and were encouraged to practice social distancing.

Numerous filmmakers, actors, writers, and others involved in the filmmaking process expressed their gratitude for the fact that the event was still able to be held this year, while Schott delivered a moving speech thanking the numerous sponsors who made this year’s event possible.

The films that debuted as part of the 6th Annual Reading Film Fest are currently available online until October 18 due to popular demand. Film passes can be purchased here: http://readingfilmfest.com/attend/

Announced Sunday evening, here are a few of the winners:

  • Best Narrative Feature: Ten Minutes to Midnight, Erik Bloomquist
  • Best Documentary Film: Day One, Lori Miller
  • Best Short Film: The Blue Bed, Alireza Kazemipour
  • Best Actor in a Feature: Wisper, Christian Barber
  • Best Actor in a Short: Ali Pooya Ghasemi, 113
  • Best Director: I Dream My Mother’s Dream, Hojjat Gholami
  • Best Made-in-Reading Film: Dust Nuggets, Sue Lange and Andrew Pochan
  • Best Student Film: The Stain, Shoresh Vakili

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