Philadelphia Film Festival
J. Andrew Greenblatt
Year of Foundation 1990
Event Date from 17 October 2019 till 27 October 2019
in Philadelphia, United States
Sections World Masters, International Focus, The Documentary Tradition
Terms of Entry All types of films are invited to submit. Projects must be completed after October 2017, premiere status not required, although to be considered for Competition, the film must be at least a Philadelphia Premiere, feature films min. 50 mins., shorts up to 50 mins.
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Registration Deadline Early Bird Deadline: 17 April 2019 (Feature: 40 USD, Shorts: 30 USD), Regular Deadline: 21 June 2019 (Feature: 50 USD, Shorts: 35 USD), Late Deadline: 26 July 2019 (Feature: 60 USD, Shorts: 45 USD), Extended Deadline: 9 Auguste 2019 (Feature: 75 USD, Shorts: 55 USD)
Attendance Figures 60,000
Participants of the Film Industry The festival invites all New York-based independent distributors (only one hour by train). American cable companies Showtime and HBO send a representative. The festival also invites a number of producers associated with a festival film. Local film producers and casting agents are also invited.
Prizes/Awards The festival awards are non-cash;
Best Narrative Feature,
Best Documentary Feature
Archie Award for Best First Feature,
Best Short Film
Masters of Cinema
A HIDDEN LIFE by Terrence Malick (DE/US, Studio Babelsberg)
IT MUST BE HEAVEN by Elia Suleiman (FR/DE/CA/TK, Pallas Film)
THE WHISTLERS by Corneliu Porumboiu (RO/FR/DE, Komplizen Film)
SUNSET OVER MULHOLLAND DRIVE by Uli Gaulke (achtung panda! Media, Fruitmarket Arts & Media, Storming Donkey Productions)
CUNNINGHAM by Alla Kovgan (DE/US/FR, Achtung Panda! media)
SYNONYMS by Nadav Lapid (FR/IL/DE, Komplizen Film)
SYSTEM CRASHER (SYSTEMSPRENGER) by Nora Fingscheidt (Kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros., Oma Inge Film)
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO by Karim Aïnouz (BR/DE, Pola Pandora)
Number of Films Shown 250 films (140 feature length films) from 43 countries
Media Coverage There is extensive local/regional press coverage (TV, radio, newspapers). Internet’s Indiewire covers the festival. Online articles in Variety.com as well.
Evaluation The Philadelphia Film Festival is an annual event with a large and broad programming focus.
Services The festival covers international shipping costs.