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Pittsburgh's film industry dates back to 1914 and boasts the world's first movie theater. Pittsburgh has been the location for more than 120 motion pictures and television productions since 1990 and currently is home to the largest sound stage outside Los Angeles and New York.
Because of Pittsburgh's rich film history, many independent and international film festivals take place in the region annually.
The Pittsburgh Film Office was founded in 1990 to promote the greater southwestern Pennsylvania region as a great location for movie, television and commercial productions. Since its inception, the PFO has brought more than 120 motion pictures and television productions to southwestern Pennsylvania to generate millions of dollars in economic impact to the region.
Film Pittsburgh presents independent films from around the world during four annual film festivals: JFilm, ReelAbilities, Robinson International Short Film Competition and Teen Screen. The organization's programming is designed to reach a broad range of people and emphasizes collaboration with other organizations.
Steeltown began with the simple belief that Pittsburgh has the potential to have a thriving entertainment industry, which could also be one of the region's major economic engines. This belief was shared by leaders of educational, cultural and artistic organizations in Pittsburgh as well as former Pittsburgh natives working in film and television.
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. View a complete list of Pittsburgh's annual film festivals and series.
Hollywood film crews are drawn to Pittsburgh for its endless variety of architecture, neighborhood charm and great local support. More than 50 major films have been shot on location in the area during the past decade, including the Academy Award-winning The Silence of the Lambs, Lorenzo's Oil and Hoffa. Other highlights include:
View an extensive list of films shot in Pittsburgh over the last four decades.