Festival Updates

  • Sell out crowd at Levitt Theater waiting for screening of #APIH

    Emerging Artist Series sells out!

    What a great event and screenings! Congratulations on a wonderful screening session for the premiers of In the Dark (Director David Spaltro), A Place in Hell (Director David Boorboor) and Rubble Kings (Director Shan Nicholson). We want to thank the great #PHL crowd that made film in Philadelphia look great! We’ll […]

  • Fest #8: @Uarts! The Art of Storytelling. 5:10 PM SHARP!!

    Fest #8: @Uarts! The Art of Storytelling. 5:10 PM SHARP!!

    University of the Arts ~ Levitt Theater 410 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 Screening 1 ~ 5:10pm – 6:15pm ~ (Story Telling) Brotherly Love ~ (Drama) Director: Remy Wallace. (Local) 25 min. When Tommy returns to his South Philly neighborhood after 6 years in prison, life is not what […]

  • Ticketing now available directly on the fest Facebook page!

    Ticketing now available directly on the fest Facebook page!

    We have been threatening this for some time. Feel free to browse the film descriptions and purchase a ticket without having to leave the page. Go here to try it out: Facebook Ticketing. The films are the same, we’re just trying to finally make ticketing as easy as 1-2-3. Thank […]

Updates and discussions on @PhilaIndie films:

Emerging Artists Series II – Voiceless (Drama) 95 min. Director: Pat Necerato @UArts Levitt Theater.

Emerging Artists Series II – Voiceless (Drama) 95 min. Director: Pat Necerato @UArts Levitt Theater.

Features, PIFF News January 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm 0 comments

A Directors premier from the streets of North East Philadelphia. First time director Pat Necerato has produced a true piece of cinematic propaganda that slices through tough narrative.  Coming forward is a street preachers perspective of the national debate on women’s reproductive rights. Synopsis: A young, reserved, war veteran (Rusty […]

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NightMare Code – Review by Horror.Asylum.com !!

NightMare Code – Review by Horror.Asylum.com !!

From the Blogs..., PIFF News April 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm 0 comments

Hiding behind the stylised exterior of Mark Netter’s high concept dark thriller Nightmare Code is a supernatural science fiction horror film fighting to get out. That Netter controls these forces is very much the strength of the film, but also leads to a finale that may not satisfy all audiences. […]

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8th Annual @PhilaIndie Animation Festival

8th Annual @PhilaIndie Animation Festival

From the Blogs..., PIFF News April 13, 2015 at 9:50 pm 0 comments

Global vs Local animation invades #philly!!! support local #animators !!! #UArts  University of the Arts Caplan Center for the Performing Arts ~ Terra Hall 211 S Broad Street Philadelphia, Pa 19102 :: Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.   Thursday April, 23rd. 6:00pm – 7:00pm ~ 8th Annual @PhilaIndie Animation Festival 1. […]

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Thank you to all the Volunteers!

Thank you to all the Volunteers!

From the Blogs..., PIFF News July 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm 0 comments

Thank you! After completing our 7th year, we have much to look forward to in the run-up to our 8th year June 24-28, 2015. We want to thank the volunteers who made this years festival run as smooth as it did. The festival covered 11 total venues. We screened 87 […]

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DOSTOEVSKY BEHIND BARS ~ Plays & Players ~ June 26th, 11:00pm – 11:55pm

DOSTOEVSKY BEHIND BARS ~ Plays & Players ~ June 26th, 11:00pm – 11:55pm

Documentary, From the Blogs... June 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm 0 comments

University graduate students and prison inmates meet weekly to discuss literature and share personal essays and stories. Classroom sessions and interviews explode the stereotypes of brutish convicts, out-of-touch scholars and callous prison staff, while offering viewers a sense of hope. Shot on location in a minimum-security facility in Wisconsin, this […]

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Druid Peak ~ PAFA ~ June 28th, 2:45pm

Druid Peak ~ PAFA ~ June 28th, 2:45pm

Features June 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm 1 comment

Set against the backdrop of the wolf reintroduction program in Yellowstone National Park, Druid Peak is a coming of age story about a troubled teenage boy who finds a home tracking wolves in the wild lands of Wyoming. Shot on location in West Virginia, Wyoming, Montana and Utah, the film […]

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Welcome to #PIFF On Demand - See the award winning films and trailers from past festivals!

TOWERS: Dir. Jet Wintzer Sci Fi

TOWERS: Two adventurous young women trip the post-apocalyptic American landscape when the human race becomes virtually extinct from mutations caused by radiation from cellphones and towers.

Now playing: Papiroflexia by Joaquin Baldwin

Festival favorite in 2008. See it in its entirety online here: Papiroflexia. An origami tale of a skilful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands. Papiroflexia (Spanish for “Origami”) is the animated tale of Fred, a chubby man with a passion for paper folding, who wants to […]

Whatever Makes You Happy. Trailer. Feature, Drama

Screened as part of the 2011 Festival. View Trailer here. Exploring the all too common trappings of dissatisfaction and infidelity in the relationships of urban twenty somethings, “Whatever Makes You Happy” tells the story of Anna and Alex, two fundamentally different people. Anna is a practical and bookish grad student. […]

The Lift - Full Version from Robert Kohr on Vimeo.

The Lift by Robert Kohr. Animation

Animation. Winner Best Animation 2010. The Lift explores the consequences of one very common behavior of not holding the elevator door open for someone rushing to get on or worse, lifting your finger and actively pushing the close button.

Digital Pamphleteer from Bill Simmon on Vimeo.

Digital Pamphleteer by Bill Simmon. Short.

Winner best Short Documentary 2008. by Bill Simmon. RT 6:54. Steve Benen is the lead blogger at WashingtonMonthly.com. I made this film when he was writing for his old blog, The Carpetbagger Report. This short documentary explores Benen’s reasons for blogging, his process, and how political blogging is helping to change […]

Standing Up – Trailer

2008 Selection. STANDING UP is a feature length documentary about young Afghan men training to become professional soldiers in the new Afghan National Army. Situated at the Kabul Military Training Center,

Franklin In Paris – Order of the Quest. 2008 Festival special selection.

A scene from Order of the Quest. The Venerable Master Benjamin Franklin meets privately with the mysterious Baroness Angelique Broussard in Paris, 1774. Scene from the Historical Science-Fiction series shot by MBN Studios in Philadelphia PA.

Santiago – the Movie. Trailer

2012 Festival selection. Santiago (Jesus Guevara) is a drug dealer who agrees to let Miguel (Dan Lopecci), a Mexican actor, follow and study him for his next role. With only Billy (Wesam Keesh) the cameraman at his side, the two set out to document a day in the life of Santiago. […]

The Beatles at their Best. Short

2012 Selection. RT 24:55. Made primarily from photos, video clips and interviews all found on the Internet, many only recently available, “The Beatles at their Best” provides viewers with the opportunity to meet The Beatles at the time that John Lennon says they were at their best. “We were at […]

The Revolutionary. Trailer

Runner up, best Documentary film 2012. “The Revolutionary provides a fascinating perspective on the greatest revolution of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an American progressive swept up in it. Sidney Rittenberg is a master raconteur who tells his tale of dramatic political ups and downs with […]

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