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PFF 23

Birdman starring Michael Keaton opens the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival. Credit: Philadelphia Film Festival


October 22 – November 1, 2015

Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


Hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the 23rd annual Philadelphia Film Festival features more than a hundred films from around the globe along with appearances from special guests from the world of cinema.

The 10-day festival features more than 100 films from 35 countries divided into more than a dozen helpful categories.

Discover future award-winners with Centerpiece Screenings, see the latest from the Masters of Cinema, explore international stories, local filmmakers and much more. If you’re looking for something more offbeat, don’t pass up the Graveyard Shift with late-night screenings of truly bizarre cinema.

Every year, the festival is bookended with blockbuster opening and closing night films and this year’s festival is no exception. The festival opens on Thursday, October 16 with the Philadelphia premiere of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) starring Michael Keaton. Following the opening night film, celebrate the start of the festival with an unforgettable evening on the second floor of the Kimmel Center featuring light bites from the Garces Group.

The festival closes the Grand Jury and Audience Award winner announcements and the Philadelphia premiere of Wild starring Reese Witherspoon at the Prince Music Theater.

For a complete listing of films, click the button below.


Screening Locations

Screenings for the Philadelphia Film Festival take place at venues in Philadelphia and beyond. Festival films can be seen at the following locations:

Ritz East
125 S. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

Ritz at the Bourse
400 Ranstead Street
Philadelphia, PA

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

PFS Theater at the Roxy
2023 Sansom Street
Philadelphia PA

Outside of Center City

Ambler Theater
108 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA

Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W. Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA

Hiway Theater
212 York Road
Jenkintown, PA

Exclusive Ticket Offer

Buy tickets online in advance and enjoy $2 off all regularly priced tickets, $1 off weekday matinees and Graveyard Shift films and $2 off Closing Night screenings with our exclusive promotion code: PFF23VISITPHILLY.

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Plan your schedule in advance and buy your tickets early as many of the popular screenings sell-out quickly. Arrive at the venue ahead of time as there are no trailers prior to screenings.

Individual tickets to regular screenings cost $12 ($10 for PFS members). Get special matinee pricing on weekdays (before 5 p.m.) with tickets for $6 ($5 for PFS members).

Planning on seeing multiple films? Purchase the six-pack to get into any six regular film screenings for just $60 ($50 for PFS members). A maximum of two-tickets can be used per film.

Bring your student ID to the Film Festival Box Office at 2023 Sansom Street and get $10 tickets to any regular screening.

Get more access to the festival, including admission the opening/closing night festivities, with a Festival Badge. Badge Prices start at $165 and can be purchased online here.

Insider Tip: Even if your film pick is sold out, a limited number of rush tickets are often released 15 minutes prior to screenings. Tickets are full price and cash only. Show your student ID and get rush tickets for just $5. It’s highly suggested you arrive 30 minutes in advance of the screening for tickets.

Tickets and PFS memberships are available for purchase at the Philadelphia Film Festival Box Office (1425 Locust Street) or at the screening venues during the festival. Note: Festival badges and ticket packs are only available at the Main Box Office.

You can also purchase tickets by phone at (267) 519-3214 or online using the button below.

Buy Tickets Online


Philadelphia Film Festival Box Office
2023 Sansom Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
(267) 519-3214

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