Looking Back on an Extraordinary Year of Film with the Philadelphia Film Society!
2018 Year in Review
By the PFS Staff
It’s been quite a year for us here at the Philadelphia Film Society. We began our year with the 5th Annual Oscars® Party & Screening at the Philadelphia Film Center (still the Prince Theater, at that point) — our largest one yet! Nearly 300 people came to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night with us, and see which Festival films — films that PFS brought to Philly first — would take home awards.
The very next month, we held our inaugural SpringFest in April, opening with Blindspotting, with writers/actors/producers Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal joining us for the intro, post-screening discussion and afterparty. After a weekend of the best titles of the mid-year Festival circuit, SpringFest closed with Tully, with director Jason Reitman joining us for a post-screening Q&A.
We also had an extended Festival season, kicking off with a screening of A Star is Born, with director, star, and Philly native Bradley Cooper back home for a post-screening discussion. After that special night, we jumped head-on into the Festival, during which we honored Paul Dano and Karen Gillen with Artistic Achievement Awards, and welcomed Jason Reitman for a second time, actor and Boy Erased director Joel Edgerton, acclaimed director Peter Hedges and many more. This extraordinary 2018 Festival season wrapped just last week, as we closed out our year by presenting the 2018 Lumière Award to Academy Award® winner Adam McKay, and hosted a special screening of his new film Vice.
All in all, it’s been a fantastic year of films, events, Q&As with special guests and much much more. And, of course, we announced the transition of the theater into the Philadelphia Film Center, the new home for the Philadelphia film community, showing new and repertory film 365 days a year, beginning January 2019.
We hope you enjoy this look back at our year in photos and thank you for being an important part of it!