Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) provides local filmmakers with a platform to promote original voices in film by launching a Philly-inspired short film contest for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

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The contest was inspired by a grant through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, a $9 million initiative supporting innovative projects that inspire and enrich Philadelphia’s communities.

(Philadelphia, PA) May 16, 2011 – In celebration of the Philadelphia Film Festival’s 20th anniversary, the Philadelphia Film Society will sponsor a short film competition that requires filmmakers to showcase the city by incorporating one of 20 recognizable landmarks, characters, or objects. All films will be voted on by the online community and the top ten films will be screened by the Executive and Artistic Directors of PFS. The winning filmmaker will be given an all access badge to the 2011 Festival and the top ten will have their films screened at the Festival. The contest is supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

The Festival is very excited to incorporate this unique and special event into the 20th Anniversary celebration by programming original short films for Philadelphia audiences that are not available elsewhere, continuing its mission to promote Philadelphia films and filmmakers by exposing them to a large audience of cinephiles and industry professionals.

The 20th Philadelphia Film Festival Short Film Contest is now open for submissions. For contest rules and deadlines, please visit

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