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Philadelphia Independent Film Festival


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  1. friendlyanimator
    April 30th, 2015 at 07:21 | #1

    Update: The festival contact sent me an email that though didn’t explain the problem, at least made me feel like he heard me. Ah well.

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  2. friendlyanimator
    April 30th, 2015 at 04:30 | #2

    This festival seems like a joke. I only found out that my film was accepted when I received an email from the programmer the DAY OF the screening saying he was having trouble downloading the file from the link I had sent him for pre-selection. First of all, why did he wait until a few hours before the screening to download the file? Second, why didn’t I know it was screening? If there hadn’t been this technical problem I never would have known it had screened at all!
    After asking repeatedly via email for an explanation all I got was ‘WAB should have sent you a notification’, but the submission was still marked as ‘Pending’ within my WAB account, neither ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’.
    To top it all off he said this had happened before with other filmmakers! Why are they still relying solely on WAB notifications then?!? Crazy.
    I will never submit again because I can’t trust them with my film file. Definitely don’t give them your money.

  3. Sean
    July 1st, 2013 at 06:20 | #3

    I just got back form Fest #6! Saw these posts when searching. I have been attending the festival for the past few years (since 2011) and have had a great experience. The festival is def run by dedicated (but small) staff. It’s very clear they care. The venues were and still are, alternative, but great. This provided a different experience that I liked. More homey and not so stuck up. But the venues have grown over the years to include Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, National Constitution Center, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and the Franklin Institute. They original venues were def alternative but I liked this type of festival for this reason, informal, ground floor stuff. Obviously not for the prima donna filmmaker, but then again, what is? Here’s the press page I saw on the site http://philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.com/film-fest-press/ , lot’s of press including filmmaker magazine! Maybe it’s gotten better since 2010?

  4. Kevin Lee
    June 18th, 2011 at 16:20 | #4

    I am in this years festival. It hasn’t even started yet and i’m already dissapointed. I recieved an acceptance notice via WithoutABox.com but they didn’t send me anything. Not even an email. They then put up their schedule line up for the festival, but my film was no where to be found. I emailed them twice in the course of two weeks and the festival director, Benjamin Barnett, confirmed my films acceptance and apologized for not getting my film on the schedule. This problem has only now been resolved, one week away form the festival. To top it off they spelled the name of my film incorrectly… save your money for another film festival because the Philadelphia independent film festival is perhaps the worst film festival I’ve ever been a part of. If i could i’d give it negative 5 stars.

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  5. James Byrne
    August 9th, 2010 at 06:13 | #5

    I attended the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, as a filmmaker. My short film was screened there. The festival was loosely organized and informal. The screening rooms were inadequate and dirty. For instance, one of them had no shades on the windows and there were two uncovered sky lights. During the day it was impossible to see the film because of the daylight. Two of the screening rooms did not have air conditioning and it was in the middle 90’s for the festival. I attended 6 screenings and here is the attendance by my count: 2, 6, 5, 22, 9, and 4. The publicity in the Philadelphia press was scant. I couldn’t find any publicity or listings for the festival in any local paper. Badges did not include the filmmaker’s name, just the word filmmaker. There were no introductions or welcomes at any of the screenings I went to. There seemed to be no attempt to build an audience or do any kind of marketing. It was informal and underground to a fault. Nobody seemed to care about anything. The shabby screening rooms and lack of marketing was a disservice to the filmmakers.

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