MISSION & OBJECTIVE ~
The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival is committed to discovering and showcasing a unique cinematic experience unrestrained by conventional boundaries.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL ~
Welcome to our 15th year and what a year it will be. After two Covid festivals, we are eager and excited to be back in the theaters and online 100% for our 15th celebration.
With the Metropolitan City of Philadelphia as its pallet, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival seeks out and brings together a unique blend of innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity of film in an ever-evolving filmmaker ecosystem.
The festival launched in 2007 out of the mediabureau.com film initiative. The group had been meeting as part of the Philadelphia Underground Film Forum #uff and with surging and pent-up demand for Independent film at a crossroads launched the first festival in 2008. What was once a digital screening group has blossomed into an annual event attended by filmmakers from all over the world.
The festival programs, in theaters and online, original films, animations, and video's across 12 genres. We like to discuss the films we program, online and offline, using #piff #pifffilms #uff #DemocratizeContent across our active media networks. The vast majority of the festival program is world and local premier status. Since its inception in 2008, the festival has streamed live interviews, discussions, Q&A, and films to a global audience.
Films are selected into the Underground Film Forum #UFF and then awarded with "Best of..." & Underground Film Forum selections.
The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival is *IMDB certified.
All work should be original. All films must have been completed 24 months prior to the festival date. All forms of film are accepted into competition. Please specify your film in a genre if submitting it as a short or feature. Feel free to discuss your film and its merit on festival social media properties. Lobbying your film is accepted. Please respect we have only so many available slots to screen. The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival is *IMDB certified!