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(Philadelphia, PA – June 20, 2012) – The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) announces new access badges for the upcoming Philadelphia Film Festival, held October 18-28, 2012. The four new levels of badges create flexibility and introduce exciting new benefits that serve to expand the festival experience over a wide range of audiences. A special “Early-bird” sale will take place this Thursday, June 21st, 12:00pm (noon) online-only, in very limited quantities at discounted rates, during a special 10-day pre-sale promotion. Badges can be purchased at

Badge holders receive priority admission for 11 days of film, in addition to other exclusive benefits (depending on badge level):

 Weekend Badge

A 4-day ticket to the Festival, with access to film screenings from October 18-21, including the Opening Night Film & Party (1st Weekend) OR October 25-28, including the Closing Night Film & Party (2nd Weekend).

Can only be used by one, designated individual.

1st Weekend: $165  $150 GENERAL PUBLIC ($145 $125 PFS Members)

2nd Weekend: $165  $150 GENERAL PUBLIC ($145 $125 PFS Members)


Silver Badge

Enjoy the full Festival experience with access to ALL film screenings, Opening & Closing Night, and the new VIP Lounge.

Can only be used by one, designated individual.

$400 $300 GENERAL PUBLIC ($300  $200 PFS Members)


Gold Badge

Share the Festival experience with friends and family through the transferable Gold Badge that provides access to ALL film screenings, Opening & Closing Night, and the new VIP Lounge.

Can be used by multiple individuals.

$600 $400 GENERAL PUBLIC ($450 $300 PFS Members)


Platinum Badge

Have it all with the transferable Platinum Badge, includes access to ALL film screenings, special events, the VIP Lounge, and the Exclusive Opening Night Pre-Reception. Plus, Reserved Priority Seating at ALL screenings.

Can be used by multiple individuals.


*ONE-TIME ONLY SALE! (Very limited supply!)

Tickets & Packages: Tickets & Packages will go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 1, 2012. PFS Members can purchase tickets in advance beginning Friday, September 28, 2012. Additional details will be announced at

 Philadelphia Film Festival: Now celebrating its 21st year, the Philadelphia Film Festival is curated by a seasoned group of film industry professionals which include Artistic Director Michael Lerman, Executive Director Andrew Greenblatt, Programmers Tom Quinn (The Weinstein Company), Ryan Werner (IFC Entertainment), Associate Programmer Dilcia Barrera and Programmer Coordinator Jesse Trussell. “We are still in the early stages but programming is already looking particularly strong, especially in some of our specialty focuses like World Narratives and American Independents.”says Andrew Greenblatt. “We’re  incredibly excited to deliver our program to Philadelphia this October.”

 PROGRAMMINGFilms in the 2012 Festival will once again be arranged thematic focus and will include the following categories:


  • World Narratives – A survey of films spanning the globe, these films are made by some of the strongest, most individual voices in international cinema.


  • American Independents – A cross-spectrum of the nation, these films explore what our countries cinema is today. Focusing on new voices, this section features work from the most talked about and daring American filmmakers.


  • Documentary Showcase – From stirring profiles of fascinating people to galvanizing looks at the vital issues of today, this section highlights the best in documentary filmmaking with an emphasis on compelling stories.


  • Greater Filmadelphia – Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this section truly brings our city to the silver screen.


  • Graveyard Shift – Horror, action, suspense and the just downright weird, there’s always a few things that will keep you awake when you are working the graveyard shift.


  • Sight and Soundtrack – A recent addition to the Festival’s categories, this section includes a series of films about music in feature and documentary form which focus on the infectious power of music. 


  • New French Films – The birthplace of film, France still creates some of the best movies in the world each year. These features are funny, daring, sexy and uniquely French.


  • Masters of Cinema – An array of films that exemplifies the work of world-renowned filmmakers, these films thrill and make you think, all the while knowing you are in the hands of true originals.


OTHER HIGHLIGHTSBeyond the programming focuses, the 2012 Festival will introduce additional elements to the event that aims to enhance the patron experience.

VIP Lounge: New this year, the Philadelphia Film Festival will premiere a VIP Lounge exclusive to filmmakers, industry guests, select badge holders and Festival VIPs. Located conveniently in historic Old City Philadelphia, near the Ritz theaters, guests are invited to stop by and relax between films, grab food or drinks with fellow movie lovers, chat with Festival programmers and maybe even meet a filmmaker or two.

 Shoot in Philadelphia: “SIP”, which is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is open to all screenwriters, world-wide, who submit a feature length screenplay or an original TV pilot length screenplay to be shot in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Scripts are judged on their overall quality, and the extent to which they project “shootability” in the Greater Philadelphia region. SIP Finalist Judges are high profile Producers, Directors, Writers and Actors who have a Philadelphia connection. Each year, the Film Office presents a series of panels that appeal to screenwriters and filmmakers in all aspects of the industry.  PhillyPitch! and a round table exploring the biz of the biz will be presented this year at the Philadelphia Film Festival.  All SIP events are free and open to the public.

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