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 If accepted to the festival your film will screen and cannot be withdrawn for any reason NO exceptions.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
  • Monique Holley

    The Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival has been one of the monumental highlights of my documentary experience. When I received the message of selection I was overjoyed! Ronald Quigley is an absolute gem. My family and I traveled from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh for the festival. Ronald was extremely accommodating and gracious. His passion to provide a platform for filmmakers is evident and refreshing. The opportunity to connect with filmmakers and provide background information regarding my film provided an extra layer of magic. The tone of the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival is PASSION, INCLUSIVITY & BELIEVING in your DREAMS. I look forward to attending the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival in the future.

    September 2022
  • John D. Marshall

    Great festival at a very fun venue; the festival director Ron worked hard to make it special. They take time to award everyone plaques which is something I've never experienced at another festival. The crowds were very friendly and everything was in one screening room so you never had to choose between two screenings. It was nice to have a festival like this in my hometown. I recommend it.

    July 2022
  • Jennifer Louise Deigan

    What an absolute honor and privilege to be included in such a wonderful festival! For my first film to be shown on the big screen in my hometown, I'll never forget it. There was an awesome opportunity for each filmmaker to speak about their film, all present filmmakers were presented with a quality plaque. The entire festival was interactive, and it was amazing to be included amongst so many amazing films. This was a truly unforgettable experience that I will be forever grateful for.

    July 2022
  • Excellent communication. Ron, the organizer, was very respectful, professional, and encouraging.

    July 2022
  • Valerie Smith

    We were delighted our film 'Aliquippa PA - it's all about the people' was selected by PIFF and the icing on the cake was winning Best Documentary. Thank you Ron. It's great to have all our hard work seen and appreciated.

    The London team were unable to attend but the feedback from our US co-producer was excellent. Everybody had a great time and we've got photos to prove it!

    A great festival for independent film makers.

    July 2022