(PHILADELPHIA, PA) June 17, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society is pleased to announce the official dates for the 20th Philadelphia Film Festival, now beginning on October 20, 2011 and concluding 15 days later on November 3, 2011. The official Closing Night Ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 29, followed by a film-themed closing night Halloween party (costumes encouraged but not required).With over 230 film screenings expected in venues across the city, the Festival promises once again to excite film lovers of every taste. And as always, the Philadelphia Film Festival will be hosting several special events, receptions and programs attended by our many guests, industry professionals and festival goers alike.
“As the pieces begin to fall into place for what looks to be a great festival, I am extremely excited to announce our new dates,” said Artistic Director Michael Lerman. “Not only are we getting four more days of high quality filmmaking, but we have a week more to prep the plethora of fantastic special events we’re planning for our 20th Anniversary.”
“I’m particularly thrilled with our new dates,” commented Executive Director Andrew Greenblatt. “In addition to providing us with additional time to program more exciting films out of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, it’s also particularly fun to launch our milestone 20th Anniversary Festival on the 20th of October. I am extremely appreciative that our venues, particularly Landmark Theaters, were willing to accommodate our preferred 2011 dates.”
The Philadelphia Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the Eastern United States, welcoming over 30,000 attendees to the city in 2010. Each year, the Festival features a juried competition for feature film, documentary, short, director and first film, as well as an Audience Award for best feature-length film. In 2010, the Festival screened 131 films over its 11-day run. A surprise number of guest appearances were made by notable figures that have made a profound impact on the art of filmmaking, including Directors Darren Aronofsky and M. Night Shyamalan. Additional guests included actors Jamie Kennedy, Kerry Washington and baseball legend Pete Rose.
For general information, visit PFS on the web at www.filmadelphia.org
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