PKX Festival: Reel Exposure 2023

May 5-7, 2023

Screening & Festival at the Trolley Barn Gallery
489 Main St, Poughkeepsie


Viewers can expect to see a mix of film genres in film festival lineup, including animations, documentaries, dramas, horror, and comedies from teen filmmakers on Saturday, May 6, 2023 (RSVP required). In the past, submissions have come from The United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Mexico, China, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Vote HERE for your favorite film!



Professional and youth jurors selected photographs from submissions from teens ages 13-19 across the world. In the past, submissions have come from Singapore, Italy, Islamic Republic of Iran, and the United States. Opening with a public reception on May 5, this exciting youth exhibition remains on display at the Trolley Barn Gallery from May 5 – June 16, 2023

Click HERE to view the virtual gallery!
Vote HERE for your favorite photo!


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reel exposure opening

Friday, May 5
5:00 – 8:00 PM

5 PM: 24-hour Film Race Orientation
6 PM: Photography Opening Reception
6:30 PM: Photography Award Presentation
7:30 PM: Featured Artist Talk & Unveiling
8 PM: Reception Ends

Free & Open to the Public

Saturday, May 6

12:00 – 3:00 PM

Community Art-Making
Family-Friendly Activities
Food Trucks

Free & Open to the Public

5:00 – 8:00 PM

5 PM: Doors Open & Red Carpet
6 PM: Film Festival Screening Begins
7:30 PM: Film Award Presentation and Q&A
8 PM: Featured Artist Showing

walk-ins welcome

Reel Panel

Sunday, May 7
12:00 – 4:00 PM

12:30 PM: Breaking into the Business: Insider Info from Film and Media Professionals Industry Panel & Brunch With:

  • Mary Stuart Masterson (entrepreneur and founder of Stockade Works and Upriver Studios, LLC.
  • Nile Clark, video journalist, founder of news blog and media company The Goodie Drop
  • Hezues R., founder S.I.C. Film School
  • Jasmine Garvin, alumna of The Art Effect who was recently featured in Peacock’s Poker Face
  • Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Vice President of News Programming at Nickelodeon and Executive Producer of Nick News

walk-ins welcome
Click HERE to learn more about the panelists

2:00 PM: 24-hour Film Race Screening and Audience Choice Awards

About PKX Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photo Festival

Reel Exposure filmstrip

The Art Effect’s annual PKX Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photography Festival in Poughkeepsie, NY will be even bigger and better than before for 2023 as we return to an in-person festival featuring innovative photography and short films – narrative, animation, experimental, and documentary – created by talented young artists, ages 13-19 from across the world, plus family-friendly festival activities, panel discussion, and MUCH MORE!

Reel Exposure: A PKX Festival brings together a diverse representation of youth-produced films and photography, from both newcomers to the craft, as well as established young artists. The selected films are screened in a showcase and the selected photography is hung as an exhibition at the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY — The ONLY youth-led gallery in the nation!

The past two years of the festival went virtual and were a smashing success with more than 2,200 viewers from across the globe tuning in, along with a live Q&A panel with festival finalists. This year’s festival will take place in person on May 5-7, 2023, but will still allow international attendees to join us for the festival online with a virtual gallery and an online screening of the film showcase!


PKX Festival is a building block to the development of the Youth Arts Empowerment Zone funded by the NEA Our Town Grant in the City of Poughkeepsie, NY. The Youth Arts Empowerment Zone will establish a youth-led arts district in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery with The Art Effect as the anchor arts institution.

“Seeing a film you put all of this work into actually get attention, to have people genuinely enjoy something you made at Reel Exposure, it’s really special, especially when you’re just starting out. It was a call to action for me, like, ‘This is something you’re supposed to do, keep at it!” – Matthew Hamilton, 2020 Reel Exposure Participant

Thank you to our 2023 Festival Sponsors

Please consider becoming a sponsor to help support the youth arts programming taking place in the Hudson Valley right now!

This program is partially funded by monies received from the New York State Council on the Arts and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Effect empowers youth to develop their artistic voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change.

Click here for 2022 PKX Wonderland Festival Highlights

This program is partially funded by monies received from the New York State Council on the Arts.