Gleaners Film Festival is an annual, non-profit exhibition and celebration of marginal cinematic forms, subjects, and communities. Situated in the city of Lancaster, PA, the festival brings together independent local, national, and international work that is often overlooked by dominant industry and mainstream cultural platforms.

The first iteration of this new festival will take place on September 22-24, 2022. All program are open to the public. All programs are free, with the exception of the special event with John Waters. While future iterations of the festival will hold an open call, this year the festival’s directors have curated the program by invitation.  

         Gleaners Film Festival, in partnership with the public School District of Lancaster, will host a summer documentary workshop between McCaskey High School and Franklin & Marshall College film students. The creative work that emerges from these sessions will be presented in a special Lancaster-based program during the festival.

         Gleaners Film Festival is made possible by generous support from a range of institutions in the Lancaster community:  the Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster, the F&M Summer Scholars Program, the Department of Art, Art History, and Film, the Phillips Museum of Art, Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse, and the School District of Lancaster.