This Festival is held in of honor Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
Rod Serling (1925-1975) is an American icon. An Emmy-award winning writer and producer, he was best known for his role as creator and host of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. His innovative work, infused with a sense of moral responsibility and artistic integrity, maintains a cult status. A native of Binghamton, NY, Serling spent his final years as a professor at Ithaca College.
The Rod Serling Video Festival launched in 1995 and has welcomed hundreds of entries throughout the years. In 2014, Larry Kassan retired as Festival Founder & Director. WSKG Public Media assumed coordination responsibilities and the project was renamed.
The Greater Binghamton Convention & Visitors Bureau has compiled information about Rod Serling including a walking tour that retraces his steps in his hometown of Binghamton, NY.
The Festival is held in partnership with Binghamton City School District’s Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, Broome County Forum Theatre, New York State Media Arts Teachers Association and the Serling family.
2017 ROD SERLING FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS
2016 ROD SERLING FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS
2015 ROD SERLING FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS
2014 ROD SERLING VIDEO FESTIVAL WINNERS
2013 ROD SERLING VIDEO FESTIVAL WINNERS
2012 ROD SERLING VIDEO FESTIVAL WINNERS
Special thanks to Anne Serling & Doug Sutton, Larry Kassan & the Binghamton City School District, Leslie Campbell, and the Judging Committee.
The 2021 Rod Serling Film Festival is open! WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 28, 2021. Entrants must use the online submission form. The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
Join WSKG as the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation presents Serling Fest 2019: a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone! Winning student films from the annual Rod Serling Film Festival will screen at 10am on Saturday October 5th, 2019 at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton. More details about the full weekend event available at rodserling.com. 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival Honorees
BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Disdain | Spencer Strickland
BEST ANIMATION | A Bland Day Out | Adrian Finney
BEST DOCUMENTARY | Utica: A Town That Loves Refugees | Kara Gildea, Rainer Gardner-Olesen, Eric Kukenberger, Sam Lytel, Ellie Pink, Lola Thompson, Peter Weil
BEST FICTION/STORY | Paper Brains | Sophia Doehla
BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | The Code | Rainer Gardner-Olesen
BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | New Look | Ian Justino
BEST COMEDY | A Day with Officer Shawnie | Aidan Stevens
HONORABLE MENTION| I’m New Here | Robert Fischer
HONORABLE MENTION| Love Through the Seasons: A Bird’s Love Story| Ehblu Say, Chit Su Moe
SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | The Passenger | Avery Danielsen
BEST IN SHOW | Pesky Landline | Amelia Ponirakis
Thank you to our 2019 Judging Committee Chrissy Guest, Chris Kocher, Christina Kunzman, Kate Murray, and Andy Polak. Special thanks to WSKG staff John Bell, Nancy Coddington, Chris DiRienzo, Jenny James, Nicole Kradjian, Alyssa Micha, Stacey Mosteller, Bailey Normann, and Andy Pioch.
Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers of the 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival! The students will be honored on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at The Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY. Details to follow. The Rod Serling Film Festival is partnering this year with Serling Fest. Details on all activities and ticket information can be found at www.rodserling.com.
Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers of the 2018 Rod Serling Film Festival! The students will be honored on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at The Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY. This event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the public. The Rod Serling Film Festival is partnering this year with Serling Fest. Details on all activities and ticket information can be found at www.rodserling.com.