28th Annual

Philadelphia Film Festival

October 17, 2019 to October 27, 2019

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1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19102
Phone: 2672392941
Fax: 215 405 9585

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Length Films
Feature-length international narrative films. 50 minutes or more.
Documentary Films
Non-fiction feature-length films and digital works
Local (Philadelphia-shot or Philadelphia-based)
Local films can be any length. To qualify, significant members of the cast and/or crew must have ties to Philadelphia, and/or a significant amount of the production must have taken place in Philadelphia.
Short Films
Films under 50 minutes


The Philadelphia Film Festival is an annual event that strives to bring the best of cinema from around the world to Philadelphia, and to highlight these important and impactful films to the Philadelphia community. The Festival also places an importance on highlighting Philadelphia by featuring films shot in and around the greater Philadelphia region or by Philadelphia-born filmmakers.

The Festival is produced by the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and cultural organization that values film as an extraordinary form of artistic expression and as a reflection of cultural, social, and economic diversity. It is PFS’ mission to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding.

Through the Festival and year-round programming, PFS fosters unique opportunities for filmgoers to exchange reactions, insights and interpretations with others and create a shared experience around film through post-screening dialogs, at times with visiting filmmakers, film scholars or industry professionals. In addition to providing Philadelphia access to and education through films from around the world, PFS is likewise committed to building in Philadelphia a strong and vibrant film community. Through its programs, PFS helps to create an exciting citywide focus on film and also help bring greater outside attention to Philadelphia as a place where film is flourishing.


The Philadelphia Film Festival, October 17-27, 2019 is an annual eleven day festival featuring Philadelphia premieres of international, domestic, and local films, as well as retrospective tributes, forums and panels, and parties.

Over the past several years, the Festival has grown to become not only a local gem that Philadelphians look forward to every year, but also an important festival within the industry as a whole. The quality of the programming has been stellar, featuring some of the most highly-anticipated and eventual award-winning films, Oscar nominees Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, La La Land, and Best Picture Winners Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), 12 Years a Slave, and The Artist.

The Festival consists of over 100 films screened across the city in addition to events such as the Opening and Closing Night parties, VIP receptions, and a festival lounge open daily, where ticket holders, badge holders, and special guests can relax between shows and talk movies with patrons & guests.

The Festival also welcomes a large number of guests, bringing filmmakers, actors, distributors and industry professionals to experience the Festival and Philadelphia. These guests included filmmakers and honorees such as: Bruce Willis, M. Night Shyamalan, Damien Chazelle, Joel Edgerton, Jason Reitman, Paul Dano, Karen Gillan, Todd Haynes, Lee Daniels, Jonathan Demme, Alexander Payne, Paul Rudd, David O. Russell, and Robert Zemeckis, as well as representatives from distributors or sales agencies such as: Cinetic Media, The Film Sales Company, IFC Films, Kino Lorber FIlms, Magnolia Pictures, Music Box Films, Paramount, Preferred Content, Radius-TWC, Roadside Attractions, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Group, Strand Releasing, and Submarine Entertainment.

The Philadelphia Film Festival was named one of 2016’s Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2016 by MovieMaker Magazine.


Alexandra Gibson (Festival & Events Director); J. Andrew Greenblatt (Executive Director ); Michael Lerman (Artistic Director); Trey Shields


Screeners will not be returned.

Films should be at least a premiere in the greater Philadelphia area, and should not have screened publicly elsewhere in the Philadelphia Region.

Films should not be available publicly in any form of digital streaming, rental or sale.


Philadelphia Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt or stills from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival and in perpetuity thereafter for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Philadelphia Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.