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 11th 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 80+ original films a year 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 2017, we hosted 1,000+ film goers and filmmakers from 17 states and over 10 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.