Philadelphia Film Festival celebrating 25th Anniversary

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) has announced the 25th anniversary of the Philadelphia Film Festival, taking place October 20October 30, 2016.

Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle will kick off the Festival’s opening night revelries with a red-carpet screening of La La Land on October 20. The 11-day festival will showcase over 110 feature length and short films. Closing this year’s Festival will be Denis Villeneuve’s stunning sci-fi thriller, Arrival.

“We are thrilled to celebrate a milestone year for the Philadelphia Film Festival,” said Executive Director, J. Andrew Greenblatt.  “This year’s line-up fully embodies what the Philadelphia Film Festival truly is: a community filled with film lovers brought together to experience today’s most thought-provoking and innovative films!”

“With over 110 works from world renowned directors and emotive shorts, our lineup includes something for everyone to enjoy,” said Artistic Director, Michael Lerman.

M. Night Shyamalan will be honored at the Opening Night Gala with the inaugural Lumiere Award, honoring his contribution to the film industry and his outstanding work as one of the most notable Philadelphia filmmakers.

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For information regarding the full Festival schedule, ticketing and location details, visit

PFS On Us will continue again this year, providing complimentary tickets to all films in the American Independents and Documentary film categories. PFS on Us is presented by PNC Arts Alive and runs throughout the year.  For more information about PNC Arts Alive please visit

Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) creates opportunities for diverse communities to experience film through initiatives that inspire, educate, challenge and entertain.  It is committed to presenting film as a powerful medium for artistic expression, transformative force and catalyst for strengthening community.  PFS is a nonprofit organization that is the region’s foremost resource for film presentation and education, serving as a vital member of the arts and culture community. -PRNewswie

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