2019 Reaching for the Stars… The West Virginia STEM & the Arts Film Festival

…celebrating communities connected through challenge, creativity, ingenuity, perseverance, and the strive for excellence

All film screenings and events are free and open to the public!


Being lifelong West Virginians, we believe our state should be celebrated for its unique beauty, resilience, creativity, opportunity, and achievement.  Read More

Featured Films

What do a rook, a pas de deux, a mathematician, neutron stars, and mysterious signals from outer space have in common? Read More


Schedule and Ticket Information

Please click here to see the schedules for Thursday, February 28th through Saturday, March 2nd.

All Tickets are free and are available at the door, or by calling the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse Box Office at 304 696 ARTS (2787) on or after February 25, 2019. Box office hours are 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. During the Event, the box office will be open from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, 2/28 and Friday, 3/1, and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, 3/2. Tickets for Evening Events can be held at Will Call for pick-up before the show.

Activity Participants

To see a full list of the participants at our Activity Fair, please click here!


For more information on the exciting workshops planned for this event, please click here!

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to provide volunteer services for any portion of the film festival, please e-mail us at contact@wvallstar.org

Short Film Contest

We are happy to announce an exciting opportunity available to all West Virginia college and high school students (9-12).  The 2019 West Virginia STEM & the Arts Student Film Competition is now open for submissions! The Film Competition is sponsored by Marshall University’s College of Arts and Media and organized by the Video Production Program in partnership with WV AllSTAR and the Green Bank Observatory. The call is for “short” films (maximum of 5 minutes) and guidelines for participating can be found here.  From the website – “Submitted films should creatively engage STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and/or the Arts (e.g. performance, dance, theater, music, painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) related themes, ideas, characters, and stories. Films may be animation, fictional narratives, documentary, experimental or other. 

Please feel free to share far and wide! We look forward to seeing your film!


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Please click here to see our current sponsors, and learn how you can become one. Thanks for your support!

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are excited to be bringing “Reaching for the Stars … The West Virginia STEM and the Arts Film Festival” to you along with the Green Bank Observatory and Marshall University. Putting together a Festival like this takes a lot of effort and collaboration and we are thrilled with the amazing people we have met and worked with that are willing to share their life’s work and resources to make this event a success. There are ways that you too can help! If you or someone you know would be interested in being a Sponsor of the Festival – we have a Sponsorship Program we’d like to share. We would be very happy to add your name as one of our very important sponsors!
Any amount would be appreciated and recognized as a Sponsor of the Film Festival!!
 Click here for a link to the sponsorship page!