We are student-run event dedicated to helping teenage creatives find their voice. We have received submissions from Philadelphia schools and ones across the world.
Creating a community of filmmakers.
"When I was in high school I loved filmmaking, but I was more of a cinematographer and an editor than a writer or a
director. I wanted to meet people who inspired me and people I could work with. I found myself wishing that there
was a place for people like me, for kids who loved film to meet each other and swap stories and ideas and learn
about film. At the same time, I was looking for film festivals to show off some projects I was proud of, but I kept getting turned away by the prospect of competing with college students and professionals. That's when I brought my idea for the GFS Film Festival to the newly formed film club with Sarah, Noah, Hyunji, and Adina. I'm so happy to see what PHYFF has become in the years since I graduated, and I can't wait to watch new young filmmakers explore their passion in the brilliant PHYFF community!"
- Eli Eisenstein, PHYFF Co-Founder.
the phyff Team
The Philadelphia Youth Film Festival team is comprised of volunteer high school filmmakers and aficionados from Germantown Friends School
Tilda Stace is the Director of PHYFF and a senior. They love horror movies and new wave music. They enjoy screenwriting, and recently wrote a feature film horror movie. Tilda’s hobbies include playing the electric bass, watching movies, and making art.
Asha Wilson is a Senior who is the leader of the Outreach Committee. Her hobbies include baking, reading, hiking, singing in choir, and playing field hockey. She is a member of Big Sibs and is a student ambassador.
Branding & Design Manager
Isabelle Spaniel is a Senior and this is her second year at PHYFF. Along with doing design work for PHYFF, she does design work for one of the school's publications, Earthquake. She is also club leader of the Big Sibs club. During the summers, she works on a dairy farm. Her interests include interior design, F1, reading, and watching movies!
Web Team & Publicity
Theo Robinson is a Senior who joined the PHYFF team in 2021. In his free time, Theo enjoys everything baseball related, doing tech for plays, and spending time with his dog in the woods. He is also a leader of the Community Engagement Club and works at GFS early childhood after school.
Chelsea is currently a senior at GFS, in her free time she enjoys playing tennis, doing anything theatre related, and watching movies.
Web Team & Reels Producer
Joey Schlesinger is currently a senior at Germantown Friends School. He has been a part of the PHYFF team for two years and is currently working as Website Team Leader. His hobbies include watching and making movies.
Angela Xu is an eleventh grader and has joined PHYFF in 2021. She enjoys playing sports, listening to music, reading books, and learning about coding in her free time. At GFS, she is a member of the choir and Jazz band, is involved in the breakthrough program, and is a diversity ambassador.
Event Coordinator & Outreach Team
Ryan Stumacher is a Junior. This is his second year on the PHYFF team. He enjoys watching movies, reading, and listening to music. His favorite movies include Aftersun and First Reformed.
Submissions & Event Coordination
Albert is a rising senior who joined the PHYFF team in 2021 to work on the submissions and event coordination teams. He is attracted to classic films and appreciates the messages film makers try to convey. His favorite films include the Godfather series and the Titanic.
As a senior, it is Graham’s fourth year in PHYFF. Freshman year, his screenplay won an award at the festival. Some of his hobbies include filmmaking, running track, and hanging out with his friends. Graham is thrilled to work on the fest's team for his final year!
Tanya is currently a sophomore student at Germantown Friends School. She's from Shanghai, China. Violin and tennis are two of her hobbies.
Outreach & Publicity Teams
Becca Pomeranz is a freshman at GFS. She loves playing sports, sewing and listening to music. She is looking forwards to learning more about film!
is Senior at GFS, in their free time Rachel likes to dance and they join PYFF in 2021. They are part of many different clubs on campus like Student Ambassadors and L.A.S.S.O.
Brody is a 11th grader at GFS. He enjoys listening to music, watching films, and creating films as well.
Lani Okewole is a writer, visual artist, performer, and athlete. She prides herself in creating characters that come alive on the page through various creative mediums such poetry, and screenwriting. In her downtime Lani loves to create various book covers for her stories, as well as work on her novel.