The Philadelphia Film Festival Returns With Brilliant Screenings, Parties And More October 19-29

The 26th annual festival brings movie magic to The City of Brotherly Love...

Film lovers, grab your popcorn — the Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) is back.

Now entering its 26th year, the festival — which runs from October 19 to 29 — will screen more than 110 feature and short films by independent filmmakers from 45 countries.

Over the course of the 11-day festival, the more than 25,000 attendees will also enjoy opening and closing night parties, panels with directors, actors and other industry professionals and more.


  • The Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) runs October 19 to 29.
  • Attendees can enjoy more than 110 independent films from 45 countries.
  • Film screenings will take place at the Prince Theater, Ritz East and Ritz Five.
  • Also on the docket: parties, panels with industry professionals and more.

Festival Overview

Philadelphia has long been a hub for independent filmmakers as well as audiences that support and appreciate the spirit of independent film, in no small part because of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

The Philadelphia Film Festival is curated by the programming committee of the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), which carefully selects films from around the world that have screened in prestigious festivals like Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca and Berlinale.

The film program highlights masters of cinema, new French films, films from Spain and Latin America, American Independents, Philadelphia filmmakers, documentaries, live action and animated shorts and much more.

Festival Highlights

This year’s festival features films by well-known directors like Jonathan Demme, Richard Linklater and Todd Haynes as well as many other international and local directors who are on the rise.

The festival opens on October 19 with Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, and closes with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh on October 27.

Centerpiece Screenings

Four films have been chosen to highlight what the Philadelphia Film Festival is all about.

These include Darkest Hour from British director Joe Wright as well as three films from the United States: The Florida Project by Sean Baker, Lady Bird by Greta Gerwig and Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying.

(Photo courtesy Prince Music Theater)
Across the city, three venues will host more than 110 feature length and short films throughout the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Greater Filmadelphia

In addition to showcasing the best in international cinema, the Philadelphia Film Festival supports local, homegrown talent and gives their films a chance to shine on the big screen with the Greater Filmadelphia program.

Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood anchors this section of exciting Philadelphia filmmakers to watch.

Live Action and Animated Shorts Program

For makers of live action and animated shorts, festivals like PFF provide the only opportunity to screen their work on the big screen for a live audience.

This year’s shorts program includes 24 films representing filmmakers from 18 different countries. For true film buffs, the shorts program is not to be missed.

Tickets & More

Screenings during the festival will be held at three theaters across Center City: the Prince Theater (1412 Chestnut Street), the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd Street) and the Ritz Five (214 Walnut Street).

Tickets for regular screenings are $15 and $10 for PFS Members. Weekday matinees (before 5 p.m.) are $8 or $6 for PFS Members. Ticket packages are available as well.

Attendees can purchase tickets online via the festival website or at the box office at the Prince Theater.

2017 Philadelphia Film Festival

When:October 19-29
Where:Various locations including the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15, regular screenings; $10, members; $8, weekday matinees (before 5 p.m.), $6, members



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