9th Annual

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

May 04, 2016 to May 08, 2016

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All features should be 45:00:00 or longer. Please specify any details that make your film unique. Please let us know what Genre your film is.

(Student submissions accepted, please indicate clearly.)
Original Short films are no longer than 30 minutes. Please specify the genre and any details that make your film unique.

(Student submissions accepted, please specify)
All forms of animation will be considered.

Please describe, in writing, your type of animation and process. We are interested in hearing about the story and what drives you to become an animator.
Music Video
Rough, Tough and RAW. A music video is shot almost every 15 minutes somewhere in the world. So they say.

We are proud to continue our tradition of screening cutting edge music video's over the years. This category is not to be taken lightly.

Accepted submissions will be screened throughout the Festival.
Music Documentary
We have been screening Music Documentary films for 12 years. We are proud to continue this tradition.

This genre is a Documentary Film with a music concentration. All forms of music are encouraged. Experimental approaches encouraged.
Special Features
Special Features exists so film makers can produce movies that do not fit in the typical genre based mold.

If you have produced a movie that you think fits this criteria, use this category for submission.
Real Time Documentary
The Digital age has long ago ushered in Real Time movie making. Gone are the days when travelers would set off with nothing but a map and a 35mm.

Today GPS, Video, smart phones, disposable video cameras, iPhones, palm devices and other mechanical recording devices put the story in the public space in real time. Films are made - governments are overthrown.

This Category is designed to fill that documentary experience.

Where have you been?
Political films should raise legitimate political questions and / or provide information on political / governance subjects.

All forms and lengths are accepted for review. All types of "styles" and "mediums" are considered.

Blatant propaganda will be exposed as such.
On the road? The Travel category is movies based on a Travel experience(s). This is either Fiction or Non-Fiction. We strongly encourage such movies to be meaningful and positioned with a message or experience.
We've been seeking 3-D for 5 years now and wonder if you have an original idea in 3-D?

Let the Independent filmmaker see what you have done. Be judged by your peers. Show us new ideas.

Feature / Short Documentary
This category is for all Documentary filmmakers that do not fall into "special" categories. Please do not submit your documentary as a "short" or a "feature", please add it here. Thank you!


We are committed to discovering, screening, and promoting local and globally produced independent film by filmmakers who have created a unique cinematic experience that does not feel restrained by traditional boundaries.


Since 2008, with the US Metropolitan City of Philadelphia as its backdrop, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival has met annually with the artist and business community that encompass the innovation, creativity, diversity, and uniqueness of independent film making. The festival and its ideals exist at the crossroads of storytelling, film, and technology.

Through media discussion and screenings, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival provides an ongoing environment for its artists to engage and network with a diverse local and international community.

We encourage the attendance of all filmmakers and the curious to discuss their films and intentions while networking with the local Philadelphia film making community.


Benjamin Barnett (Festival Director); Chuck Treece (Film maker liason); James DiFonzo (Festival Ombudsman); Keith Atkinson (Webmaster); Media Bureau (Hospitality)


Welcome to the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival #9
May 4 - 8, 2016. Welcome to Philadelphia Tech Week! #PTW16

Please see category specific requests. We are sorry, but submissions will not be returned without SASE and a written request. PLEASE NOTE THIS!

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 9 - 2016 Submissions Rules
... (Philadelphia, May 4-8, 2016) ...

The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival or during screenings.

1. Final entries must be postmarked by April 1st, 2016. You must contact us if this is not possible. Please MAIL TWO (2) DVD or Blu-ray discs for festival screening!

All checks MUST be written out to: Media Bureau, Inc.
Please do not write out to the festival itself!

2. Entrants must submit two (2) or more viewing copies for consideration in either DVD or Blu-ray formats. Contact us for other formats. The more copies the better. PLEASE 2 copies min.

3. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without 2 accompanying Preview copies.

4. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles (unless special arrangements have been made with festival.)

5. Please attach (write on the disc!) WAB four-digit number, Your Contact info, Film name, and Genre on the Preview copies when submitting. Use a Sharpie brand pen when possible! PLEASE DO THIS!

6. For publications purposes, if your film/video is selected for screening, we may request at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300 dpi. Let us know if this is possible. If you have a Press kit, send it.

NOTE: If selected, we also encourage submitting as much publicity material that is available and a complete credit list. We do not require a Press Kit, but if you have one, get it to us. These additional materials cannot be returned. Any materials that entrants wish to be seen by the programming committee should be submitted in duplicate with this application if possible.

7. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.

The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company. Please. :)

The Festival reserves the right to refuse any and all submissions even after acceptance!

Please fell free to contact us with any questions or visit our website at:

Thank you!

Benjamin Barnett
Festival Director and the #piff team.


A. Philadelphia Independent Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

B. 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. Film is 100% rights obtained.

C. All screening proceeds revert to the festival. If a "feature" screening is sold out, the festival will pay upto 10% of the net proceeds to the submitting applicant within 45 days of the end of the festival.

D. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Media Bureau, Inc, Philadelphia Acting Studio, gearstuff.com, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and their partners and associates 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, festival screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered or screened.

Thank you!