The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival was founded to enable an environment for its participants to observe and engage the local and international independent film and business community. We are committed to discovering and showcasing a unique cinematic experience unrestrained by conventional boundaries. We seek out new filmmakers.

Welcome to our 13th year! With the Metropolitan City of Philadelphia as its pallet the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival brings together the innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity of film in a unique filmmaker exhibition ecosystem.

The festival was hatched in 2007 out of the mediabureau.com film initiative. The group had been meeting as part of the Philadelphia Underground Film Forum #puff #uff and with regular submissions and pent up demand in Philadelphia for Independent film, we 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 original films, animations, and video's across 12 genres and produces or sponsors yearly creative events since 1998. We like to discuss the films we program online and offline. During the most recent festival in 2019, we hosted 2,000+ film goers and filmmakers from 20 + states and over 12 countries in 5 days. The vast majority of the festival program is world and local premier status.

We award genre winners with "Best of..." genre.

The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival awards are *IMDB certified.

All work should be original. All forms of film are accepted into competition. Feel free to discuss your film and its merit online. Lobbying your film is accepted. Please respect we only have so many available slots to screen.

Overall Rating
  • Michael F Duff

    It was definitely my favorite film festival. The big screen and location were great.

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Michael - Thank you! Thank you. We always look for great screening rooms to match the genre when we can. Keep on writing. ~ Ed

  • Greg Osei

    I was very grateful to be included in PIFF’s lineup, and it was an honor to be included in a lineup with other fantastic films. Everyone at the festival was super nice and communicative. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Greg - thank you so much for the review. Connection takes but a moment to enable a lifetime. Keep on spreading music and art.

  • Chelsea Johnson

    Really enjoyed the festival they were very nice and welcoming

    May 2019
  • Darrelle Williams

    I had an amazing experience at this festival.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Darrelle, great to meet you and continue on in SM. Thank you for the review. Great narrative work. Looking forward to seeing more. Feel free to reach out with any questions on the filmmaking process that you think we might be able to help with. Keep on!

  • I fell in love with PIFF and Philadelphia instantly! You can have a great line-up of films, an organized schedule, a superb venue, awesome social activities and strong communication and marketing, but ultimately what makes a festival stand-out are the people. The warmth and passion exuded by everyone from the festival organizers and volunteers to the filmmakers and audiences give credence to the city's moniker as the City of Brotherly Love. Plus, seeing your film screen at the historic Levitt Auditorium at the University of the Arts made the experience all that more eclectic. Thank you PIFF -- hands down one of my favorite festival experiences on the independent film circuit thus far! I can't wait to return to Philly, whether it be with another film, or just to visit the beautiful city and re-connect with the stellar festival team!!!
    xo Lawrence Chau, Filmmaker - Justice For Vincent (Best Short Film, PIFF #12).

    May 2019