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 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 2019 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. If accepted to the festival your film will screen and cannot be withdrawn for any reason NO exceptions.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
  • Terrific festival. It was a pleasure to meet Ron, we had the opportunity to chat with him about his process, why my film was selected, and how he came to put the fest together. Everyone was courteous, and the films I saw were really good. Will definitely consider submitting again next year.

    July 2018
  • This is a wonderful festival in a fantastic city. I made some good contacts, and my scripts have had more activity on InkTip since attending. Thanks for creating such a special event.

    July 2018
  • Evan Zeisel

    Pittsburgh is a cool town to visit and to screen in. The festival opened with a hometown feature that filled the theater; the film was a good effort by first-time filmmakers, but did not necessarily set the greatest tone for the rest of the festival. Audience ranged from 5-20 or so in the theater. Being in its 8th or so year, I went in expecting a little bit higher quality films, especially since the organizer of the festival repeatedly stated that would be the case. The opening filmmaker introduction --getting Official Selection plaques and festival awards given out-- was a little odd as tangents were taken and filmmakers were told, in front of all filmmakers, that their projects weren't "worse" than the film that won the "best" whatever award, but that the other film was just better than theirs. Networking was minimal and there was a last minute round-table discussion thrown in Saturday but the one director/producer of value in the discussion was interrupted by the egos of those of others.

    UPDATE: As you can see by the festival organizer response, taking any sort of criticism is not what is acceptable at this festival without an outright attack. I did not mention that he called out 2 feature films, by name, and trashed them at the opening filmmakers' welcome. I posted this review because I believe reviews should be honest and not just blow fluff where fluff is not deserved. I submitted to this festival based on reviews posted on FilmFreeway. I did feel slightly duped. The PIFF was a fine festival, but it was not what I was expecting based off of reviews posted on this site. And, please read the festival organizer's response to this original review. To note, our film has won both awards for best film and best acting at prior "more prestigious" festivals, and members of the audience at THIS festival came up afterwards to talk both about how much they liked the film and the acting.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!!

  • Justin Mackey

    I had such a great time at this festival. If you do attend, make sure to make it to the opening ceremony where you receive a plaque and address an audience of fellow filmmakers. There is also some time to network and mingle during this opening ceremony. Ronald Quigley, the festival's director, puts on an incredible weekend. His personal attention to every filmmaker and communication throughout the process is above par. The selection of films was fair and diverse mixing big budget and micro budget . Wonderful experience and will submit all future films to this festival. Thank you, Ron!

    June 2018
  • 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