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Film Festivals

Pittsburgh's rich film history has resulted in an abundance of international, independent and family film festivals within the city each year. Plan your visit around one of these special events.

Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival
Founded in 2006, Silk Screen showcases contemporary Asian and Asian-American films. This multi-day Festival celebrates the vast diversity of the Asian creative spirit, and features Asian music concerts and discussion sessions with prominent filmmakers and actors. Happens in September.

Pittsburgh International Lesbian + Gay Film Festival
A celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered writers, directors, actors and their work. Each year in October hundreds of movie-goers are treated to ten days of high quality entertainment, including feature films, shorts, and videos from the hottest national and international LGBT filmmakers of our time.

Three Rivers Film Festival
One of the most eagerly awaited annual events in Pittsburgh, this exciting 2-week long celebration features over 40 films-films made in Pittsburgh, documentaries, independent American cinema, shorts, restored classics with live music, and cutting-edge international films. The Three Rivers Film Festival, happening each November, remains the oldest and largest annual film festival in the Pittsburgh area.

JFilm Festival
This annual festival takes place in April and presents narrative and documentary films from around the world. Many films are Pittsburgh premiers. "Film Schmooze" following selected films enables audience members to discuss what they've just seen in an intimate setting. JFilm also offers year-round programming in addition to the annual festival.

Pittsburgh is also host to such festivals as the Banff Mountain Film Festival, CMU International Film Festival in the spring, as well as the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival in the summer.