The Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival is Pittsburgh's own film festival for truly independent films, and a headline event for micro-budget and no-budget films from around the world. PIIF offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements, filmmakers who posses an independent vision and operate to create innovative work outside the studio system. We screen more films than all comparable festivals, screening 12 hours a day on both Saturday and Sunday, while still having relevant industry discussions between filmmakers in our filmmakers lounge. The 2016 Best Feature Film secured a distribution deal as a result of our recommendation, upon winning our festival. PIFF uses the strength of the independent film making community to put on a fantastic festival. PIFF is an indie film festival by and for indie filmmakers.

Every film selected to be in the 2018 P.I.F.F will receive a OFFICIAL SELECTION Plaque to be presented at the Awards Ceremony Opening Night!

In addition to the OFFICIAL SELECTION plaques, Awards will be presented for the following categories:

Best Feature Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Webisode
Best Animation
Best Short Script
Best Feature Script

Official Regulations for the 2018 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

1. Entries that have screened on US television prior to the Festival are eligible for a Festival screening.

2. Productions produced after January 2009 are eligible.

3. If submitting DVD. Productions must be submitted on DVD Region 0 or 1,

4. Entries must be postmarked by the deadline date.

5. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry.

6. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live Festival events.

7. Upon notification of acceptance, trailers may be sent via email links to YouTube. This is a great marketing for getting an audience excited about your film.

8 .Upon notification of acceptance, Entrant will allow usage of film or script regardless of any deals made with distributors T.V stations or any other distribution deal. made after submission has been made. We do NOT pay screening fees of any kind.

9. We will look at works in progress.

10. NO Fee Waivers are available.

11. All Decisions by judges, programmers and organizers will be final and no refund of entry fee will be permitted.

12. Filmmakers will pay all transportation costs of shipping exhibition tapes / dvds to festival, DVD's, Flash Drives, Drives and Blu-rays WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Lucas

    A great local festival, and a lot of fun to attend. It's clear they're passionate about great films and giving creators a chance to share work both with each other and the community. I was very proud to have my film screen there and would definitely submit again!

    October 2017
  • Ty Primosch

    Pittsburgh is such a cool town, and the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival fits right in. PIFF is an international festival with a local vibe. Guaranteed to surprise and inspire. Shout out to Ronald Quigley for creating such a fantastic opportunity right in the heart of Pittsburgh. Highly recommended for truly independent filmmakers and animators alike. We will definitely be back!

    July 2017
  • Eric Newland

    I'd like to thank Ronald Quigley for his enthusiasm and stewardship in bringing together the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival. Selective in editing a cross section of films and a very plesent venue. The festival would be better served if next year the venue could be more centrally located and take advantage of the University community. Promotion, Promotion, Promotion would also encourage more walk ins. All in all my 12 hour train ride from New York to Pittsburgh was worth the 19:57 second viewing of our short doc.

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank You for your kind words!

  • Anthony Germinario

    Good people, and very supportive.

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words!

  • John Wiggins

    This is a true indie filmmaker's festival! Festival director Ronald Quigley put together a broad-ranging program that included features, shorts, docs, and webisodes across genres, highlighting Pittsburgh filmmakers, but also including others from across the globe. Mr. Quigley goes out of his way to insure that every filmmaker attending feels welcome and valued. It was great to meet so many wonderful people!

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words!