The Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival is Pittsburgh's premiere 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 and 2018 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 2023 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 2023 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. If accepted to the festival your film will screen and cannot be withdrawn for any reason NO exceptions. We do NOT pay screening fees of any kind, or provide transportation or Airfare to the festival for filmmakers.

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
  • Kristen Petrarca

    By far the best experience in a film festival. Here is the kicker….I did not win in my category. I have won other festivals, but this one raised the bar in quality, feedback, experience and connections. All the films that made this festival were well done. The stories were great. The festival director Ron was very knowledgeable and helpful. He cared about me and my film. He was willing to give insights and shared his knowledge and expertise. I will become a better filmmaker because of this experience.

    June 2022
  • cynthia white

    This was a great festival! Ron did a superb job of bringing together the filmmakers and creating a space for dialogue and fun. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many passionate and talented filmmakers. Look forward to more of this! Thank you.

    June 2022
  • I thought it was very organized and classy. I met a lont of great people and made some great connections!
    I hope I can make it in again someday. Thanks Ron Quigley!

    June 2022
  • We were so thrilled to be part of the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival!

    This is a festival I would recommend to any filmmaker, especially those that are newer looking to get their film shown in an amazing atmosphere.

    The team at PIFF were great to work with; communication was great. The theater is second to none for a smaller, independent theater. Our film, MIdLife, has been shown in several theaters now and it never looked or sounded better than it did at the Parkway Theater where the festival is held.

    Their feedback was specific, giving complements where warranted and providing helpful critiques of areas we can improve and grow.

    I'm most impressed with this teams commitment to the in person movie going experience! This is how films should be enjoyed... in one space, with no distractions in a room with several other people sharing the same experience!

    Thanks again to the PIFF team and we hope to be a part of their festival in coming years!

    June 2022
  • Jim Schneider

    I had a wonderful time and saw a wide assortment of films. I made connections that will last long beyond the festival.

    August 2021