Opening Night Celebration
Join the Philadelphia Film Society and M. Night Shyamalan for the Opening Night Celebration commemorating the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival.
As part of the evening’s festivities, we will be presenting Academy Award nominated writer and director M. Night Shyamalan with our first Lumiere Award. Perhaps the most notable Philadelphia filmmaker of the past 25 years, Night is a great friend to the Film Society and we are thrilled to have him join us for this milestone occasion.
The Opening Night Celebration will start at AKA Washington Square, followed by a screening of the opening night film and after party at the Prince Theater. See below for details or purchase tickets here!
Proceeds from the Opening Night Celebration benefit the Film Society’s year-round community and education initiatives.
Opening Night Celebration Sponsored by AKA.
Please Note: The Opening Night Celebration does not come with a Festival Badge
Opening Night Film and After Party
Opening Night Film
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone give career-defining performances in La La Land, the smart, nostalgic, and highly anticipated new film from writer and director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).
Due to overwhelming popularity and demand, our Opening Night film is sold out. Limited tickets are still available to Festival badge holders and for those who purchase tickets to our special 25th Film Festival Opening Night Celebration, benefiting our year round programming.
Opening Night After Party
What’s a party without an After Party? Following the Opening Night Film, stay for drinks, light fare, and a jazz soiree in our own city of stars.
Closing Night Events
Join us as we conclude another year of outstanding film and announce the 2016 Grand Jury and Audience award winners. The Awards Ceremony is immediately followed by PFF25 Closing Night Film Arrival, the bold, innovative, and deeply moving new drama from award-winning director Denis Villeneuve.
Our Closing Night After Party will take place after the film, toast this year’s Festival and celebrate our winners by raising a glass at our Closing Night Party at Aqimero in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. Purchase tickets soon!
The Festival isn’t just about watching movies, it’s about sharing experiences. The Festival Lounge is a tradition that welcomes all PFF25 ticket holders to pop in, grab a bite and discuss the day’s screenings.
Located right around the corner from the Ritz East & Ritz Five theaters, the Festival Lounge is a space exclusive to PFF25 ticket holders, Badge Holders, and Festival guests who are invited to stop by for a little “R&R” between screenings and enjoy special events — and possibly an encounter with a visiting PFF filmmaker! The Lounge offers light bites and special perks for badge holders.
October 21-30: 12:00 PM – 10:00PM*
Open to All PFF25 Ticket Holders Age 21+ Only
*The Lounge will close at 4:00 PM on Friday, October 28, for Closing Night Festivities
Friday, October 21, 12pm-3pm
NextGen Climate, sponsors of PFF film BUGS, visits the Lounge. NextGen Climate acts to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American. The year 2016 has been the hottest year on record, proving that climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. NextGen believes millennials have the power to affect change, that’s why we are running the largest voter initiative targeting millennial voters in history.
Saturday, October 22 & Friday, October 28, 12pm-4pm
Sample Essentia water and learn about what makes it the perfect beverage for an active life. When you’re properly hydrated, you move, think and do things better, faster and smarter. Essentia’s ionization process creates a clean and smooth tasting 9.5 pH or higher alkaline water that’s better at rehydrating.
Sunday, October 23, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Meet and mingle with AMP DJ Mike Adam before Sunday night’s screening of JUNCTION 48.
Tuesday, October 25, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Hang out in the Lounge with the AMP street team after Tuesday’s screening of JUNCTION 48.
Tuesday, October 25, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Stop by the Lounge and chat with the Philadelphia Film Society’s Young Friends. The PFS Young Friends is a community of film enthusiasts and advocates that participate in social, educational, and philanthropic events to cultivate the next generation of film appreciation, film and festival-goers, and filmmakers in Philadelphia. Meet and mingle with the executive board and learn how to be involved with PFS Young Friends year-round.
Wednesday, October 26, 5:00pm-7:30pm
Feeling a little peckish? Come to the Festival Lounge to sample specialties from Lounge Sponsor Dietz & Watson Premium Meats and Artisan Cheeses. Caring like only family can since 1939.
Thursday, October 27, starting at 12pm
Pop by the Lounge to sample Philly’s own Funky Fresh kombucha, brewed especially for our PFF25 guests. Funky Fresh kombucha is created using a blend of superior quality organic teas to produce a highly complex and bold flavor. This lively and powerful buch is sure to make you feel great!
Saturday, October 29, 12pm-4pm
Whether it’s intermission during DEKALOG or a break between films, by the afternoon, you need a bite. Come to the Festival Lounge to sample specialties from Lounge Sponsor Dietz & Watson Premium Meats and Artisan Cheeses. Caring like only family can since 1939.