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 2021 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 2021 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 If accepted to the festival your film will screen and cannot be withdrawn for any reason NO exceptions.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
  • Greg Hall

    Couldn't attend the festival but was really happy to be selected, well worth entering!

    December 2019
  • Great people from all over the east coast. Chill organizer and a cozy venue. This experience is an ode to filmmakers.

    July 2019
  • An excellent festival. I was unable to attend but the events looked amazing! Thank you for accepting and awarding the Spirit Seam with Best Animation! I hope to screen another film here in the future!

    July 2019
  • Jason Boyer

    It least I had my short film “Push” played in a Pittsburgh film festival. It was great getting your official section plaque on opening night and meet the other filmmakers. When I was there on Saturday for my short film “Push”, a lot of the other film really good and some were great. Ron put on a great film festival. I hope we another Shadowframe Productions short film playing in the festival. And I hope it’s “Signs Point to Yes”. I like to see my friend Matt get a official section plaque hanging on his wall next year. I highly recommend this film festival.

    June 2019
  • Although I was unable to attend the festival, I was more than pleased with the communication the festival offered!

    June 2019