About Us

The Story of PFS

The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)’s mission is to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding.

PFS accomplishes this mission by:

  • Producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema
  • Providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated
  • Programming unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression

PFS believes in the power of film to be both educational and transformative. Film is amongst the most accessible of artforms, offering a natural platform not just for entertainment but also for personal exploration and engagement. Through the ideas, voices and images of filmmakers, filmgoers gain new perspectives on the extraordinary diversity of thought, culture, landscape, and experience throughout the world.

Philadelphia Film Festival

Founded in 1992, the Philadelphia Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in the city. Presented annually by the Philadelphia Film Society, the Festival is an outstanding showcase of cinematic excellence and imagination, featuring over 100 films with more than 50 filmmakers and industry guests at seven unique venues throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area.

PFS Theater at the Roxy

Beginning in 2013, the historic Roxy Theater will become the new home of the Philadelphia Film Society. PFS will operate the Roxy as a first-run theater, with an emphasis on independent films, many of which presently cannot be seen theatrically in Philadelphia. Not only will the theater program an array of highly anticipated new films along with repertory cinema not widely available in the city, but it will also offer educational programs focused on film and filmmakers, designed for students of any age.

Thanks to Our Supporters

It is only through the support of our year-round members, donors, volunteers, board members, and sponsors that we can sustain and ensure the continued success of both the organization and our programming, including the annual Philadelphia Film Festival. In addition to thanking each and every member of the Philadelphia Film Society, we would like to recognize the following organizations for their incredible support:

  • AMJ Foundation
  • Barra Foundation
  • Boscia Family Foundation
  • Cozen O’Connor Foundation
  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Green Family Foundation
  • Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
  • John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
  • Philadelphia Cultural Fund
  • Philadelphia Foundation
  • Robert and Jane Toll Foundation
  • Rittenhouse Foundation
  • Samuel S. Fels Fund
  • Wyncote Foundation

The Philadelphia Film Society is a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization registered with the State of Pennsylvania. Donations to the Film Society are tax-deductible. Thank you!