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Silents Roar! is the 3rd annual silent film competition for youth ages 11 – 18 of the Southern Tier of New York State, happening this Spring 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for young filmmakers to write, direct and produce their own short silent film to be seen by the community.

Presented by Wharton Studio Museum (WSM), a local nonprofit committed to preserving and celebrating Ithaca’s role in early American filmmaking, the competition will require entrants to produce and submit a silent film, three minutes in length and in a genre of their choosing. The films will be screened for the public at Ithaca College and prizes will be awarded by a jury panel at that time.

Competitors have the chance to receive gift cards, trophies, and more!

Conceived of by Ithaca High School Senior Fiona Okumu, who is currently a junior at Ithaca College, Silents Roar! gives local youth a forum in which they can explore their interest in film as an art form or career, and create works that explore themes relevant to them. WSM is proud to be part of this arts and education initiative that is inspired by the Whartons’ creative and entrepreneurial spirit.

No prior filmmaking experience is required!

The 3rd annual Silents Roar! Film Festival will be held on April 18th, 2020 at Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park Auditorium. We hope to see you there!

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The Vault

We had a blast with the 2019 Silents Roar film festival! We would like to thank our contestants for their tenacity and dedication to filmmaking. We hope to see you at the 2020 Silents Roar! Film Festival!

Missed out on the action? Check out our youtube channel to watch past submissions and learn more about Ithaca’s silent film history!

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News and Updates


“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” — Izaak Walton

I am ecstatic to begin working on this year’s Silents Roar! Film Festival! We have recently made some new partnerships and are making remarkable progress so far! Check in a few weeks for some more information about our timeline, our goals for next year, and how you can help support us!

Fiona Okumu


We have decided to open the festival to the entire Southern Tier area! We can’t wait to see what the students of the Southern Tier come up with!

Fiona Okumu


So happy to be working on SR! 2020! More details to come!

Fiona Okumu

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