Philadelphia Film Festival Recap

Check Out This Quick Recap Of This Years Amazing Philadelphia Film Festival

This year is seriously flying by! We can’t believe that it’s already November and that the Philadelphia Film Festival has ended a little over two weeks ago! We know this may seem crazy, but as film fanatics, we are already looking forward to what next year’s Film Festival will bring us. Although, we have to admit, it’s definitely going to be difficult to top this year’s amazing films and epic parties. For those of you who attended the festival, you know exactly what we’re talking about, and for those of you who didn’t attend, here is a little recap to make you jealous and sure to buy tickets for next year!

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This year’s Philadelphia Film Festival began on October 16th, with the premier of the highly anticipated movie The Birdman. After a small hiccup, also known as a broken projector and theater change, the night continued on better than we could have imagined. With the entire balcony of the Kimmel center dedicated to the opening night bash, including yummy snacks and of course delicious free alcohol from sponsors such as SpodeeStella Artois and Tito’s, it is no wonder why everyone had such an amazing time.

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Throughout the week, the lounge at Prime Stache was also packed with free drinks, food tastings and some really cool giveaways. Oh and did we mention, amazing people? Because seriously, Philadelphia Film Festival has some of the most interesting and exciting people around! Knowing how cool they are, we wanted everyone to get a chance to meet a few, so we threw a food truck party on the 23rd that anyone could attend! This night festival was not only packed with great people but award winning food trucks such as The Cow and The Curd, Prime Stache, Sweet Box Cupcakes and more!

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We figured after such a perfect week, we had to end the Philadelphia Film Festival with an even more perfect closing night. So, after the premier of another highly anticipated film, Wild with Reese Witherspoon, we threw a seriously outrageous closing night party! The party was held at the top of the tower with some of the most gorgeous views in all of the city, and of course some of the most gorgeous guests as well. With some delicious snacks such as fried mac and cheese balls, wings, spring rolls and more, everyone was fed well and ready to have a good time. Oh, and we promise that no one left thirsty either. With delicious free drinks from sponsors such as Dock Street Brewery, Tito’s and more, everyone in attendance was bound to have a successful night. Not to mention the great music, huge dance floor, and quirky photo booth set up to ensure lots of laughs and fun!

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I mean, we seriously don’t think it could be any more obvious that there were some great parties that came along with the Philadelphia Film Festival, but we promise that there were great films as well! Check out this list of all this years festival award winners, and be prepared to get upset if you didn’t see any of them!

Archie Award: Myroslav Slabosphytsky, director ofThe Tribe.
The Archie Award is a juried awardpresented in honor of the late Archie Perlmutter to a first-time director.

Narrative Award:
Grand Jury Prize // The Duke of Burgundy // Director Peter Strickland
Special Jury Prize // Girlhood // Director Céline Sciamma
Best Director Prize // ’71 // Director Yann Demange

Documentary Award:
Best Documentary Feature // The Overnighters // Director Jesse Moss

Pinkenson Award:
Best Local Feature: Crescendo! The Power of Music // Director Jamie Bernstein
Honorable Mention for Innovation in Storytelling // Listen Up Philip // Director Alex Ross Perry
Honorable Mention for World Vision // Tomorrow We Disappear // Director Adam Weber and Jimmy Goldblum

Short Award:
Best Short // Port Nasty // Director Rob Zywietz
Honorable Mention for Best Live Action Short // The Cut // Director Geneviève Dulude-De Celles

Audience Award:  Crescendo! The Power of Music // Director Jamie Bernstein.
Audience Award Honorable Mention // I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story // Directors Chad Walker and David LaMattina

So, it is clear that this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival was not one to miss! Filled with amazing people, spectacular films and epic parties, we are truly upset that it is already over, and extremely excited for what next year’s festival has in store for us! We hope to see you all there!