December Film Notes

Tree City Film Festival Celebrates 10 years

Sylvania’s Tree City Film Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary last month with a film screening and awards ceremony. Each year, TCFF produces a 50-hour Film Challenge, in which teams of filmmakers are given several prompts, including a genre, and 50 hours in which to write, film, edit, and produce a film. The films were screened at TCFF on November 5, 2022.

First place went to Double Exposure, a film noir by D20; Second Place and Audience Choice Award went to Nectar of the Gods, a mystery by LowKey Misfits; winner of the Arch Award, given to the team that demonstrates potential arching to greatness, was The Masterpiece, a romantic comedy by The Panasonic 4 and the Wooster Street Band; and the Spirit of Sylvania Award, which celebrates the team whose film inspires and represents Sylvania as a passionate and creative community, went to Venganza De Los Amantes, a western, by Bear Knuckles.

All eight of the TCFF 2022 entries are available at Sylvania Arts’ YouTube channel:

The Actors’ Workshop

On Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6-8pm at Main Library, FilmToledo presents a workshop on film acting basics, interactive improvisational exercises, and discussion on the local film scene. All are welcome to attend. Registration is required if you plan to actively participate in improv exercises. The workshop will meet at the large glass community room at Main Library, 325 Michigan Ave., Toledo. Registration and more info available online at


It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, and Henry Travers. We will be showing the classic B&W film at both screenings: Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2pm. 

This perennial holiday classic sells out, so get your tickets early. Tickets are $5. Tickets are general admission and are available for walk up purchase one hour before showtime.

Vouchers and complimentary ticket cards do not guarantee ticket availability. Redeem them at the box office at least 48 hours before the movie. The Valentine Theatre is located at 410 N. Superior St., Toledo. 419-242-3490.

Marlon Riggs Film Screening Dec. 1


Honor celebrated Black filmmaker Marlon Riggs on World AIDS Day at a screening of his film “Black Is… Black Ain’t.” The free event is presented by the Department of Theatre and Film on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts at the University of Toledo. The CPA is located at 1910 W. Rocket Dr., Toledo. Call the department for more information at 419-530-2202 or visit its website at