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 and the stories they want to tell.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Welcome to our 14th year. With the Metropolitan City of Philadelphia as its pallet, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival annually meets with local and international independent artists and business community members to screen and discuss innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity 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 (#uff) and with regular submissions and pent up demand in Philadelphia for Independent film, we launched our first festival in 2008. What was once a private screening group has blossomed into an annual event attended by locals and filmmakers from all over the world.
The festival occurs during Philly Tech Week (#PhillyTechWeek)and annually programs 80+ films across 12 genres and produces or sponsors on average 6 film events a year since 2010. The festival coined the Documentary film genre, RealTime Documentary in 2007 to respond to the amount of digital travel and reporting films being submitted. During the most recent festival in 2019, we hosted 2,000+ filmgoers and filmmakers locally and from 17 states and over 17 countries in 5 days. We are proud to have launched our VR Lab as part of the PRS Guitars filmmakers Lounge during the 2018 festival.
Thank you for the support and we hope to see you out, discovering something new, and engaging the community.