Emanating from a 1710 land grant, the New Hope area has a storied history. It began as a trading post
and ferry terminal, and by the 1940s, New Hope’s reputation in the arts, spurred by the multitudes of
playwrights, directors and actors who traversed its bustling streets, became legendary.
…..This tradition continues today. Galleries call New Hope and its bohemian neighbor across the
Delaware River, Lambertville, N.J., their home. Hollywood and New York-based producers steal away to
the community’s varied streets on weekends and holidays, and through venues such as the Bucks
County Playhouse, the area’s nightlife and entertainment options are boundless. Still, the community
maintains a cozy feel and things tend to happen here on an intimate scale.
…..In response to this cultural milieu and wanting to foster new media within it, entrepreneur and
writer D. F. Whipple, a long-time resident of Bucks County, decided to establish New Hope Film Festival.
This private corporation became active on January 1, 2009. Whipple then assembled a group of artists to
collaborate with him, including Marianne Speiser, Danny Sailor and Southern California-based Thom
Michael Mulligan, an award-winning independent film producer and actor who oversees the festival’s
selection process as Executive Director – Submissions. Hollywood screenwriter Mark Rosenthal, a strong
supporter of New Hope, serves as an ongoing festival advisor. In an often frenzied and outrageous era,
this festival is a refuge, a place where you can pause and go deeper. Here, it’s about art. Allow yourself
to slow down and savor it.
…..The festival’s core mission is to discover and nurture independent filmmakers, many of whom are
seeking world and U.S. debuts and remain overlooked and/or underappreciated by other forums. This
broad and inclusive group includes filmmakers from outside the United States. With the exception of
special events, this film festival is a competition with strict rules: festival organizers do not invite films
into the festival, offer fee waivers, allow personal pitches from filmmakers, distributors and/or their
agents, or sanction any other practices they consider preferential treatment. All films are treated equally
in the process, which begins by submitting through Withoutabox.com. Furthermore, content produced
by festival organizers is never accepted at the festival, even at special events. This highly
prestigious, IMDb qualifying festival is especially renowned for the quality of its lineup.
…..New Hope Film Festival is a member of the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County and the Greater
New Hope Chamber of Commerce. The Festival’s organizers welcome you to the site and hope you’ll join
us at the exhibitions. For pictures and to join our community, please visit us on Facebook.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
New Hope Film Festival is especially interested in discovering and nurturing new and overlooked
filmmakers and writing talent from around the globe.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The New Hope Film Festival is sponsored by Comcast Corporation, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc.,
The Intelligencer, Bucks County Courier Times and the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce. The
9th annual festival will take place from July 20 – 29, 2018.
About the Festival
Touted as the “emerging ‘Sundance East'” in a Huffington Post article, this internationally respected
indie fest was founded by D. F. Whipple, an author screenwriter and long-time resident of the New
Hope, Bucks County area. Whipple formed New Hope Film Festival with a group of artists who shared his
passion for discovering and nurturing independent artists, especially those who’ve been overlooked by
established festivals. This includes international films, which the Festival is eager to attract.
What Makes the Festival Different
Every film submitted is watched with a keen perspective on quality and artistic expression. Artistic
standards are extremely high, but neither budget nor prior notoriety is a determining factor—the art
must shine through. This approach brings significant prestige, satisfaction and credibility to the
filmmakers whose works are accepted.
With a strong publicity and marketing program that includes an annual awards announcement in Variety
as well as press coverage in mainstream outlets such as NBC, ABC, The Huffington Post, The Times of
India and more, this cutting-edge and growing festival is a powerful bridge between indie obscurity and
Over the years, New Hope has attracted and been home to many talented producers, screenwriters,
actors, playwrights, and performance art enthusiasts. Home of the Bucks County Playhouse, where
actors such as John Travolta, George C. Scott, Robert Redford, Helen Hayes, Andrea McArdle and
Colleen Dewhurst have graced the stage, the village is centrally located less than an hour from
Philadelphia and an hour and a half from New York.
Awards & Prizes
An annual Variety.com banner ad campaign links to the Festival’s award winner and nominee list. Many
acrylic trophies are presented at the final awards ceremony gala, which is free for two (2)
representatives of each film and script.
The Best Script winner annually receives a consultation with Academy of Motion Pictures member and
longtime Hollywood screenwriter Mark Rosenthal, who has served as a Festival advisor throughout the
Festival’s history. This offer is revocable at the Festival’s sole discretion and is subject to Rosenthal’s