Philly Film Fest Returns

If you need an excuse to go to the movies, we’ve got 11 days full of them! The Philadelphia Film Festival, one of the largest and longest-running cinematic showcases on the East Coast, returns this month for a week-and-a-half of events highlighting the best of the best of new films. While the exciting titles are enough to make cinema lovers’ mouth water with the thought of all that buttered popcorn that awaits, even better is the fact that the films are being shown just minutes from your 1500 Locust apartment!

The festival is set for Oct. 17-27, hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society. Throughout the series, organizers will screen 110 films, which typically draw more than 25,000 spectators, along with an impressive collection of award-winning filmmakers, actors and critics. The films represent a wide range of genres, interests and styles, as everything from blockbuster hits to small independent films are highlighted. This year’s lineup features documentaries, short films, features and even a collection of works made by Philly area artists.

While the movies themselves offer plenty of reason to turn out, the accompanying social events are also a big draw! Organizers stage opening- and closing-night parties, where filmgoers can mix and mingle with the city’s cinema scene, including many filmmakers whose movies are on display in the festival. Expect live performances, along with food and drinks from Philly’s favorite spots. As an added perk, if you purchase a ticket to any festival event, make sure you hang onto it, as more than a dozen local establishments—including restaurants, bars and event companies, many of which are right near your 1500 Locust apartment—are offering discounts to festivalgoers.

Philadelphia Film Festival events are taking place all across the city, with much of the excitement headquartered at the Philadelphia Film Center, just two blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment. So check out the lineup and grab your tickets early to get a front-row seat to Philly’s biggest and best film celebration!

Philadelphia Film Festival

1412 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102