MISSION & OBJECTIVE ~
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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL ~
Welcome to our 12th 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 2018, we hosted 1,500+ 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.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Donna Santaniello

    One of the most congenial and welcoming festivals I have been too. Such nice, accommodating people at every level. Brandon E. Brooks is the man! He never made it feel like it was the festival committee's festival, but rather you truly felt that it was THE FILMMAKER'S festival. And that's a rare thing. Well done, my friend. And well done everyone at PIFF. Many thanks!

    May 2018
  • Shawn Whitney

    Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the festival but right from the start the folks at PIFF were very communicative and supportive. Thanks so much for the honour of inviting our film to the festival this year guys. I hope that next time material constraints won't get in the way of attending!

    May 2018
  • Ryan Kruger

    GREAT festival would love to go to next years one. i do recommend anyone that they should send there films into this festival, keep up the good work guys.

    May 2018
  • Peter Odiorne

    Brandon and Ben and the rest of the team at PIFF were welcoming, engaged, and on top of all details. The festival provides an excellent venue to meet other passionate indie filmmakers and see some quality work. We will definitely make the effort to be back.

    May 2018
  • A fun small festival in the heart of Philly. The staff is very attentive and the venue is beautiful.

    May 2018
    Officialselectionpiff
    Response from festival:

    Steve - thank you for attending and screening with us. It was great to hang and discuss gaming and filmmaking in the same discussion! We look forward to more!