Stephen Karam and Chris Bongirne will appear the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival next month.

The festival, which will take place from March 27 to 29 in downtown Scranton and at Waverly Community House, will include film screenings and special movie-related events.

Karam, a Scranton High School alumnus, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony-winning playwright, is directing and adapting his play “The Humans” into a big-screen feature set to come out this year. He will receive the festival’s F. Lammot Belin Award for Excellence in Cinema and speak about his film on Saturday, March 28, at 4 p.m. at Madame Jenny’s, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton. Advance tickets cost $50 for general admission and $65 for VIP tickets with reserved seating and a 3 p.m. meet and greet. Seating is limited.

Bongirne, an Archbald native and alumnus of Bishop O’Hara High School, is executive producing the film “The Virtuoso,” which filmed scenes in Scranton last year. He also executive produced the Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall,” which will screen as part of the festival’s kickoff gala on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m., at the Comm. He will be joined by film producer Nick Stagliano to introduce “Marshall” and hold an audience Q&A afterward. Gala tickets cost $65 in advance and $70 at the door and are available at and by calling 570-586-8191.

The full festival schedule will be announced early next month.

A limited number of All-Access Film Festival Passes cost $120 in advance and include admission to the gala, Karam’s presentation, and all films and other events.

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