FILM FESTIVALS

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 mail@film.org with your festival’s information.

SEPTEMBER 2019

Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival

PUFF is Philly’s alternative film festival showcasing local and international genre films typically ignored by mainstream film festivals. PUFF’s mission is to offer more film alternatives and culture to Philadelphia residents by transforming local venues into temporary movie theaters. Along with Cinema Ray, PUFF has partnered with Tattooed Mom, the Proscenium Theater at the Drake, South Street Cinema, and the 2223 Theater to host a variety of film screenings around Philadelphia.

Sept. 26-29
Location: Philadelphia
Web: unnamedfilmfestival.com

OCTOBER 2019

The Philadelphia Film Festival

October 17 – 27

Every October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the Philadelphia Film Festival which gathers more than 25,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for eleven exceptional days of cinematic splendor. Throughout the year, PFS’s artistic team scours the world’s most prestigious film festivals – from Sundance to Berlin, Cannes to Toronto – for the year’s most highly anticipated, critically acclaimed, and thought provoking films. The Festival presents these films alongside exclusive events with actors, directors, and industry guests; VIP receptions; and much more that highlights Philadelphia as a place where film is flourishing.

As a world-class film festival, PFF represents a major contribution to the cultural life of the city and region. It presents, on average, more than 100 films and draws industry guests and panelists and fosters an interactive community of film professionals and supporters. By presenting and designing programs with a variety of partners, PFS is able to create opportunities that reduce barriers to interacting with film attracting new audiences to PFS and the film community at large.

NOVEMBER 2019

First Glance Film Festival

Since our inception in 1996, we have become one of the fastest growing truly independent film fests in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Welcome to our 22nd year of producing film festivals!Named the Top Rated Film Festivals on Film Freeway!
named five times as one of the “Best Film Festival Investments” and “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Movie Maker Magazine and “One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us” by Time Magazine, FirstGlance has become a leader in mid-sized film festivals.

Date: November 1-3, 2019
Location: Philadelphia
Web: https://firstglancefilms.com/

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
Web: http://www.pjff.org

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
November, 2019

Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers is a volunteer run nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to educate and expose the Philadelphia region to films by and about Asian Americans primarily through an annual film festival as well as year round events. https://phillyasianfilmfest.org/

SPRING & SUMMER 2020

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL Welcome to our 13th year. We discover and curate a unique collection of local and global Independent Drama, Documentary, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Political, Horror, Comedy, Music Video, Animation, Web Series and other thought provoking films in Philadelphia, PA, using surrounding traditional and non-traditional theaters and venues. We are committed too discovering and presenting a unique cinematic experience unrestrained by conventional boundaries.We invite you to take part in our #uff held around the city including recently at the Mt Airy Nexus, Robert Morris House, citycoho.com Cafes, Pen&Pencil Club, and UArts, often times streamed. We are discussing the tokenization of film, distribution, breaking technology, media and propaganda, via the cross roads of digital story telling, media, film, education, and culture using #uff #piff #piffFilms #mediabureau #gearstuff #PTW19 #AI #BigData among other tags.

Date: May, 2020
Location: Center City Philadelphia and more
Web: http://www.philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.com

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF) was established in 2012 and has become the Greater Philadelphia region’s only festival showcasing the extraordinary and innovative work of emerging and established Latin American and Latino filmmakers.

Each year, the Festival includes screenings of groundbreaking works from all genres. Festival programs attract a diverse audience, developing a new space in the Philadelphia region where filmmakers, actors, and producers can meet with other artists, engage with audiences and present and discuss innovative work.

June, 2020
https://www.phlaff.org

 

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, 2020
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Web: http://www.roughcutfilmfest.com

Black Star 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
www.blackstarfest.org

48 Hour Film Festival

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 2020
Location: Philadelphia
Web: http://www.48hourfilm.com/philadelphia-pa

DATES TO BE DETERMINED

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
Web: http://www.pottstowninfocus.com/index.php