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The Philadelphia Film Society orchestrates a grand spectacle each October known as the Philadelphia Film Festival. This captivating event draws in excess of 25,000 avid film aficionados and a plethora of accomplished filmmakers. Over the course of ten days, attendees are immersed in a world of cinematic brilliance, as the festival serves as a dynamic platform for creativity and storytelling. The Philadelphia Film Festival is not just a celebration of exceptional filmmaking; it also stands as a cornerstone event in the cultural calendar of both the city and its surrounding region. This annual extravaganza not only entertains but also enriches, welcoming fresh audiences to engage with the Philadelphia Film Society and forging deeper connections within the broader film community.

PFF's esteemed reputation as a world-class festival extends beyond mere entertainment. It is a vital cultural touchstone, enriching the city's cultural fabric. Through its curated selection of films, engaging discussions, and interactive experiences, the festival becomes a catalyst for cultural engagement and artistic exploration. Attendees leave with a deeper appreciation for the art of filmmaking, and filmmakers find an inspiring platform to showcase their work and connect with fellow creators. The festival's impact reverberates through the city, leaving an enduring legacy of a thriving film community.

The Philadelphia Film Festival is a testament to the enduring power of film to captivate and inspire audiences. It ensures that the love for cinema continues to flourish in the heart of the city and resonates far beyond its borders. This annual event, with its global resonance and local significance, reaffirms Philadelphia's place on the map as a hub for cinematic excellence and cultural vitality. The festival's legacy endures, nurturing a vibrant film community and leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of Philadelphia.

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- Max Markowitz

32nd philly film festival recap

I saw so many amazing films shown at the 32nd Philadelphia Film Festival.  They immediately captured my complete attention. I will do full reviews of films such as Maestro and Saltburn on my website. To see packed audiences of loyal cinephiles is always a delight that’s never to be taken for granted by me.


This year, the members of the Board of the Philadelphia Film Society truly outdid themselves with their selection of a vast range of complicated and enthralling stories of human complexity. I’m so grateful to all the dedicated and passionate volunteers. Their kindness and hard work are a true jewel to behold. I couldn’t be more proud of my wonderful friend Larry Korman who asked me to represent AKA at the Festival. His faith in me is connected to our sincere shared love of meaningful film and it warms my heart like nothing else. As for these remarkable films, I usually divide them based on which were my favorites but this year, I just don’t think that’s possible. They all impacted me in profound and unexpected ways. Here is a review of a few.


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