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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.

Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT 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.

Environmental Film Series
Phipps' Environmental Film Series is an exciting monthly event inviting community members to come together to view environmental films and documentaries. Each viewing will be followed by a dynamic discussion with film producers, scientists and environmental advocates, enabling attendees to share thoughts, consider various viewpoints and hear the experts’ perspectives. The series aims to raise awareness of our relationship with the natural environment, and to use film as a platform for conversation, education and positive change. Screenings for the Environmental Film Series will take place on the third Friday of every month from 7–9 pm. in the Botany Hall Auditorium at Phipps. Attendance to these screenings is free with regular admission, but tickets are required; please pick up your free tickets in the Welcome Center starting at 5 pm. on the day of the film.

JFilm Festival
Now in its 25th year, the annual JFilm Festival (April) presents international Jewish-themed films that deepen audiences' understanding of the stories, history, and common experiences that connect us all. The eleven-day festival is complemented by visiting filmmakers, guest speakers and collaborative events with other local organizations. JFilm is a program of Film Pittsburgh.

The ReelAbilities Film Festival (September) presents award winning films that promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of individuals with disabilities. Through impactful films and engaging programs, this festival brings together the community to explore and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. ReelAbilities is a program of Film Pittsburgh, presented in partnership with the FISA Foundation.

Pittsburgh Shorts
Pittsburgh Shorts (October) features the best contemporary short films from around the globe, with an emphasis on films that promote the intersections of art, tech, cultural tolerance and diversity. Based in Pittsburgh's Downtown Cultural District, this annual festival celebrates independent cinema and introduces filmmakers from around the world to our city. Pittsburgh Shorts is a program of Film Pittsburgh, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

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.