Quiet on the Set! Film Festival

brought to you by Wharton Studio Museum


WSM is thrilled to present a new short silent film festival for youth — 2022 is our inaugural year! Our first time around, we co-hosted a student film festival at Cinemapolis in 2017. The festival has been through a few iterations between then and now, though there have been some constants: our desire to encourage and celebrate the imagination of local youth, the interaction between young filmmakers and the juror panel of interested adults from surrounding communities, and the awarding of simple & fun prizes and trophies to the competition's winners!

In 2021 WSM & Ithaca High School collaborated on the virtual soft premiere of Quiet on the Set! exclusively with Ithaca High School Media Arts students. Our filmmakers were approaching the end of an unprecedented school year, one in which their lives differed distinctly from any expectations they might have had, and they had a lot to express. Some of the films were funny, or fantastical, some dealt directly with issues of mental health and boredom or monotony, all of them were wonderful, and we felt honored to watch.

We hope to continue the festival and be able to add to this History section!

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for their continued support (2017 - Present) 

Past Winners


1st Prize

YOU'VE DONE IT THIS TIME directed by Marcella W.

2nd Prize

THE BACKGROUND MUSIC directed by Evan K. J.

3rd Prize

WRITER'S BLOCK directed by Robin A.

Honorable Mentions

THE THING directed by Julian R.
A CRUMMY CRIME directed by Cole R.



1st Prize


2nd Prize

DINNER TIME directed by Suraphael Barton

3rd Prize

TO GRANDMA'S HOUSE WE GO? directed by Kieran Shulman and Lili Rotondi

Honorable Mentions

304 directed by Alexandra St. Pierre-Nguyen
BETRAYAL directed by Marlin Hamm


Email: quietontheset@whartonstudiomuseum.org
YoutubeView films from past festivals! 


Get Involved

We would love to hear from you! 

If you are a teacher, educator, or other organizer who would like to collaborate with us on the festival. Teachers have made past festivals a class project or elective extra credit. This symbiosis brings us more submissions while celebrating and showcasing student work in a unique, exciting way that encourages student creativity and exceeds simply receiving a grade.

If you are a local arts or education organization, such as a library, and you would like to be added to our list and receive future festival announcements.

If you would like to discuss volunteering for or creating an internship with the festival.