SATURDAY FEB. 22, 2020



PHYFF is a student-run event dedicated to helping teenage creatives find their voice in a rapidly expanding community of young filmmakers. We seek to create an environment where our peers could have their work recognized without massive budgets or extensive training. We have received submissions from Philadelphia schools and ones across the world.

This festival is a great opportunity to show off work and get critiques, as well as to network with peers from the area and make connections. Filmmaking experts will judge and rank submitted films in four categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, and screenplay. At each festival, we offer several workshops on a variety of common and niche filmmaking focuses.

The Festival is open to high school students in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond with free participation for all students, and it includes an awards ceremony for the winning films.



1st Have You Ever Been In Love? Kaya Trefz

2nd Welcomer Sam Gualtieri & Jalen Ramseur-Williams

3rd The Guitar Brianna Quimby


1st iRony Radheya Jegatheva

2nd Fictional Characters Ivana Noa

3rd Journey Radheya Jegatheva


1st Maya Rajkishore Mohapatra

2nd The Island of Music Lily Annenberg

3rd We Are Now Carlos Escobar, Kimberly Gonzalez-Ramirez, Verite Igiraneza, Yohannes Gezahegn, Merry Hailegeorgies


1st Gone Fishing Noah Eisenstein

2nd Hearing Aid Juliana Santamauro

3rd Have You Ever Been In Love? Kaya Trefz


HENRY FARNHAM is a junior at Germantown Friends School. After making his first movie in his backyard, his love of film grew. In 2017, his documentary on Vernon Park was acknowledged by the Bridge Film Festival and the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival. Henry is interested in politics and is a flutist in the GFS Orchestra, a Baritone in the GFS choir, and a witness on the Mock Trial team.
WILL HAGELE is a Junior at Germantown Friends School. He is interested in electronics and computer programming, and looks for ways to apply these concepts to real-world situations such as the PHYFF website. Will also enjoys playing tennis and bass guitar.
SEAN PARK is a sophomore student who attends Germantown Friends School and is the Submissions Coordinator of the Philadelphia Film Festival. Some of his hobbies and outside-school pursuits are jazz/rock drums, squash, and filmmaking. Sean is also involved with “Philly Reading Coaches” which aids young and underprivileged kids in basic educational skills. He hopes to pursue his dream in a career in neuroscience in the future.
SONGQI (STEVEN) PU is a junior at Germantown Friends School. He has been making films for three years. Having lived in Beijing for many years, Songqi is very interested in discovering similarities and differences between cultures and identities through the lens. He has also participated in many intercultural/border programs in the past year. Recently, he is working on an intercultural project with Mozilla Foundation.
BEN RAUFER is a Junior at Germantown Friends. When it comes to filmmaking he is one of the three creators of the popular comedic B-Dawg movie and song series but is also interested in working on more serious movie projects. His other non-film interests include drawing, writing, and running Cross Country.
GRACE RAUFER is a ninth Grader at Germantown Friends School. She loves music, film, theater, and writing. She has written her own original songs and has submitted writing to national competitions. She has always loved recording and making videos and music since she was a little kid. She has participated in the school musicals and plays and also enjoys running cross country and being outdoors.
BEN ROSIN is a Junior at Germantown Friends School. He enjoys running for the school track team and helping out at GFS's computer science department. Ben helps with the public face of the festival, contacting potential sponsors or collecting entries. His interests include outreach and marketing, but he's eager to do whatever it takes to host the Philly Film Fest at GFS!
THOMAS SHAW is a Junior at Germantown Friends. He enjoys computer science, music, and film related avenues, and hopes to combine them into a more powerful medium. Thomas hopes to continue his film career with the help of friends and teachers at GFS. He created and manages the PHYFF website and does branding work as well.
TOMMY VICTOR is a junior at Germantown Friends School. He's interested in natural sciences, and has done paleontology, geology and botany work. On campus, Tommy is involved with the aquaponic farm and the beehive. Tommy got his filmmaking start with parody action movies and rap videos, and has made documentaries too.