The 26th annual Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off October 19-29 with the showing of I, Tonya and ends with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Executive Director J. Andrew Greenblatt says "The Festival will once again offer a dramatic range of content, from highly-anticipated, Oscar-buzzworthy films, to diverse, challenging, and educational narrative and documentary films from all over the globe. With the PFS On Us free ticketing program returning again alongside our Festival Field Trip program that exposes students to curated Festival content, we continue to make the Festival accessible to and enjoyed by all.
The non-profit turned 365 day a year organization it is today, The festival will celebrate curators, writers, directors, staff, and actors. Numerous events will take place in between and after movie showings. Director J. Andrew Greenblatt thanks the PFS Board Chairman Emeritus Jack Adler. Jack held the position of PFS Board Chairman from 2008 until this past winter. Jack was critical in helping successfully guiding the organization over this period. I thank him for his time and dedication to PFS. He also acknowledged PFS Board of Directors, including new Board chairman Larry Korman, M. Night Shyamalan, the Festival Advisory committee, and our PFS Members for their continued support. Fantastic sponsors, including our Presenting Sponsors AKA, Jefferson Health, and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, as well as our Official Sponsors 6ABC, Comcast XFinity, iHeartMedia, and Philadelphia Style Magazine. Finally, but perhaps most importantly, there would be no Festival without the incredibly hardworking PFS Staff, and the hundreds of volunteers that dedicate their time to making the Festival run.
On Monday October 23, 2017 Bruce Willis will receive the 2nd Annual Lumière Award at the 26th Philadelphia Film Festival on Monday, October 23rd at Washington Square. The Lumière Award, named in honor of the first filmmakers Auguste and Louise Lumière, is given to those that have demonstrated a passion for the furtherance of the art form and industry of filmmaking in Philadelphia. Director M. Night Shyamalan, the Lumière Award’s inaugural recipient, will present the award to Bruce Willis in honor of his dedication to film in Philadelphia. Bruce Willis’ contribution to Philadelphia film includes roles in Twelve Monkeys, The Sixth Sense, and Unbreakable, in addition to his current work on M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming Glass, the highly anticipated sequel to Split. Several other notable guests are scheduled to attend the festival including Princess Cyd director Stephen Cone, Mobile Homes director Vladimir de Fontenay, 11/8/16 filmmaker Jeff Deutchman, AlphaGo director Greg Kohs, At The Drive-in director Alexander Monelli, Flesh and Blood director Mark Webber, and The Florida Project director Sean Baker. Director Roman J. Israel, Esq. was also added to the line up. More guests will be announced. For a full list of films , events, ticket purchases, and more visit www.filmadelphia.org
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