Our region hosts many interesting and unique Film Festivals for all audiences.  We encourage you to support these festivals and especially our local filmmakers who may have scheduled screenings!

Festival Organizers: Post calls for entries on our Event Calendar and give us the info to let us share the news on social media!  Want your festival included here?  Email with your festival’s information.


Mustard Seed Film Festival

Mustard Seed is the first South Asian film festival in Philadelphia, with the first iteration to take place August 16-19, 2018. Our aim with this festival is to show socially engaged films on themes specific to the South Asian experience, created by South Asian directors and crews, both subcontinental and diasporic.

Mustard Seed will highlight alternative visions of South Asia and South Asian cinema, bring together communities of various origins and identities, and promote cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.

Date: August 16 – 19, 2018
Location: Philadelphia

SEPT 2018

Chester County Teen Awesome FEST

Join over 1000 teens at this “by teens, for teens” event! Awesome FEST is a celebration of everything that is wonderful about being a teenager. Seeking emerging film makers to submit their movies as a part of the Teen Film Review. All genres welcomed. Submissions from college students will be considered as well. For more information, visit


FirstGlance Film Festival

FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia’s Independent Film Festival since 1996, prides itself on celebrating the creativity and originality of independent filmmaking.  FirstGlance curates a wide selection of films for each festival showcasing geek faves – science fiction, horror, fantasy, comic book, superhero, and fan film, as well as, the action, adventure, comedy and drama genres, giving Philly audiences a first glance at some of the brightest storytellers in the film industry from around the world.

Date:  October 12 -14, 2018
Location:  Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Festival gathers more than 35,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for ten exceptional days of cinematic splendor.  This year’s milestone 26th Philadelphia Film Festival will take place from October 18 – 28, 2018.  The Festival sparks a city-wide appreciation of film as a transformative, catalyzing force featuring highly anticipated screenings, exclusive parties, special events and exciting guests, all while promoting Philadelphia as a place where film is flourishing.

Four out of the last five Academy Awards Best Picture winners made their Philadelphia premiere at the Film Festival.  For more information about what’s showing and where to purchase badges visit

Date: October 18 – 28, 2018
Location: Philadelphia


Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival is the first event of its kind in Philadelphia – an award winning film festival celebrating and elevating the Asian American experience.

Date: November 8-18, 2018
Location: Philadelphia

Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

As one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country and Philadelphia’s first film festival, the mission of the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is to educate and engage diverse Philadelphia communities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, by presenting world-class film premieres, repertory cinema, and associated programs that are inspired by Jewish history, heritage, and values. Our vision is to create shared experiences and connections through film and cultural programs inspired by Jewish legacy and values.

Date: November 9-23, 2019
Location: Philadelphia

MARCH 2019

israeli film festIsraeli Film Festival of Philadelphia

The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia is a celebration of Israeli culture, with the aim of enriching the American vision of Israeli culture and society through film. Each season, a slate of feature films and documentaries are selected to provide a diverse and impartial reflection of Israel.

Date: March 24 – April 7, 2019
Location: Philadelphia

qFlix Film Festival

QFlix’s vision is to preserve the tradition of the exhibition of American and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer independent film in the Philadelphia region.  Film as an international language allows qFLIXphiladelphia to foster, support, and give access to independent filmmakers and to encourage and nurture younger ones in the art of filmmaking. Queer film inspires the imagination and encourages the journey of discovery and acceptance by both the ever-growing region’s LGBTQ and the mainstream communities.

Date: March 25 – 31, 2019
Location: Philadelphia, PA

APRIL 2019

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival showcases dozens of new international and regional documentaries that entertain, inform, and inspire personal action.  The Festival features thought-provoking, high quality films that both celebrate natural beauty and raise awareness about our impact on the earth. The inaugural festival will be held on April 5-7, 2019 at the historic Prince Theater in downtown Philadelphia.  In addition to the film lineup, the Festival will include special events, an exciting launch party, a juried competition, and opportunities to meet the filmmakers.

Date: April 5 – 7, 2019
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Media Film Festival

Several outstanding local filmmakers will have their work screened as part of this year’s Media Film Festival to be held in April at the historic Media Theatre.  2018 marks the 11th Anniversary for the annual event featuring short, independent films.

Date: April, 2019
Location: Media, PA

JUNE 2019

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival’s mission is to showcase and nurture established & emerging creative Latin American & Latino filmmakers; to promote & celebrate the richness and diversity of Latin American/Latino cultures and experiences, and to foster cross-cultural understanding and dialogue.

Date: June, 2019
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Rough Cut Film Festival

Rough Cut Productions, a nonprofit with the Culture Trust of Greater Philadelphia, is dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia youth through access to media creation tools and hands-on instruction. Your support of this annual Festival helps finance an expansion of existing programming and provide free after school and summer classes.


Date: June, 2019
Location: Philadelphia, PA



BlackStar Film Festival

The BlackStar Film Festival’s mission is to celebrate the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and to showcase film and video works by and about black people from across the globe.

Date: August, 2019
Location: Philadelphia

48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is the world’s oldest and largest timed filmmaking competition- a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours.  On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat.  They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films.  On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in – and teams celebrate.  The film is then screened at a local theater in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends and families.

Date: August 2019(exact date TBD)
Location: Philadelphia

Chester County Teen Filmmakers Showcase

Calling all teenage filmmakers! Debut your film on the big screen at the brand new Movie Tavern Exton! See your name on the marquee, walk the red carpet and introduce your film alongside hundreds of fellow teen filmmakers! All genres welcomed. Submissions from college students will be considered as well.

Date: August 19, 2019
Location: Exton. PA


RFFReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival

ReelAbilities is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. The festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. 

Date: TBD

pottstown shorts ffPottstown In Focus Short Film Festival

Pottstown In Focus Short Film Festival is a new event soliciting short film submissions from entrants across the country and around the world. The challenge for filmmakers is that each thirty-minute or shorter film must have as its character, theme, setting or inspiration the revitalizing Borough of Pottstown, Pennsylvania– a town with renewed focus.

Location: Pottstown, PA

MooreWomenArtists: Women in Animation Film Festival

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, Moore College of Art & Design presents a free four-day festival of animated feature and short films created by women, along with Meet the Artists discussions, an Adobe Creative Jam, and the annual panel featuring women game designers in Stewart Auditorium on the College’s campus at 20th and The Parkway. The festival comes at a time when Moore is looking forward to graduating its first group of students majoring in Animation & Game Arts.

Location: Philadelphia