Oct. 19 | Opening Night Film & Party


American Fiction

6:45 PM | Philadelphia Film Center

Cord Jefferson | USA | English | 2023 | 117 min

In this hilariously biting satire, a terrific Jeffrey Wright stars as a disillusioned black author forced to reckon with the nature of the publishing industry after he compromises his own integrity in his search for success.

After the Opening Night Film, join PFS to celebrate the 32nd Philadelphia Film Festival atop the Philadelphia skyline at Attico Rooftop from 9:30 PM-12:30 AM. The Opening Night party will feature a DJ, dancing, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and more.

Stand Up & Shout: Songs from a Philly High School

Friday, Oct 20 | 6:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center

Amy Schatz | USA | English | 2023 | 54 min

This soul-stirring musical documentary highlights a Philadelphia high school program that encourages students to channel their thoughts, feelings, and dreams into an album of rousing original songs.

There will be a Q&A post-premiere hosted by Fox29’s Anchor & Host Alex Holley with director Amy Schatz and executive producers Mike Jackson and John Legend of Get Lifted Film Co.

Oct. 27 | Closing Night Festivities


PFF32 Awards Ceremony + Saltburn

7:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center

Emerald Fennell | UK | English | 2023 | 127 min

You’re invited to close the Philadelphia Film Festival as we announce the PFF32 Jury Award winners before a special screening of Saltburn.

Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell returns with this provocative, visually stunning psychological thriller, starring Barry Keoghan as an enigmatic social striver and Jacob Elordi as the privileged object of his obsession.

After the Closing Night Film, join PFS to celebrate the 32nd Philadelphia Film Festival with guests, award winners, and fellow festivalgoers as we look back at a truly unique Festival and toward a year of even more diverse, educational, and inspiring films. The Closing Night party at SPIN Philadelphia from 9:45 PM-12:45 AM will feature complimentary drinks, light bites, dancing, and more.

Art Dealers

Friday, Oct. 27 | 9:45 PM | Philadelphia Film Center

Roy Power, Adam Weiner | USA | 2023 | 79 min

The rapturous, sweaty live experience of Philly rock band Low Cut Connie—fronted by charismatic leader Adam Weiner—is celebrated in all its beer-soaked, piano slamming glory in this rousing documentary.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A and special live performance.

For the full schedule of special guests attending for post-screening Q&As click here.